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McLaren's Customized X-1 Supercar Channels Audrey Hepburn

Photo Courtesy of McLaren Automotive
Whether itís the original McLaren F1, the SLR it built for Mercedes-Benz, or the new MP4-12C, thereís little question that owning a McLaren supercar is a rare privilege. But even that wasnít enough for one owner, who commissioned the British racing team turned automaker to build the bespoke supercar you see here.

Called the X-1, the one-of-a-kind creation is the product of McLaren Special Operations, which built the car for an unnamed private customer Ė evidently according to very specific parameters - and presented it this weekend during The Quail event at Pebble Beach in Monterey, California.
Itís based on the carbon-fiber mono-cell architecture that underpins the 12C, but draped in entirely bespoke bodywork hewn in carbon fiber. Inspiration for the design Ė penned by Korean designer Hong Yeo and supervised by McLaren design director Frank Stephenson Ė was drawn from classic cars like the 1953 Chrysler DíElegance Ghia, the 1971 Citroen SM, and random objects like a Jaeger-LeCoultre clock and a photo of Audrey Hepburn.

The brightwork both inside and out is made from nickel-plated solid machined aluminum, with diamond-turned wheels that are enclosed at the rear like the aerodynamic classics of yore. The interior is carried over - largely unchanged - from the 12C, but has been draped in red Nappa leather with titanium-carbon trim and Andesite tufted carpeting.
The overall shape is longer and wider than the 12C, but the lighter carbon body panels keep its weight down to a nearly identical 1,400kg as the existing road car. With the same 625-horsepower, twin-turbo V8 under under the hood, the X-1 promises to be just as fast on the road.

The unusual result may not be to everyone's liking, but when you've got† the kind of wealth to have a company like McLaren to build a unique supercar just for you, who cares what anyone else thinks?

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