McLaren X-1, the ultimate bespoke car

McLaren unveiled the custom X-1 at Pebble Beach, Calif., during the Concours d'Elegance.

McLaren X-1
McLaren designed and built the one-off X-1 for an obviously wealthy buyer. McLaren

Many luxury carmakers offer bespoke programs, where buyers can get their cars uniquely customized, but McLaren took the notion of bespoke design a bit further with the X-1. At the request of an anonymous buyer, McLaren, which makes the MP4-12C supercar , designed and build a completely custom car with a unique, carbon fiber body.

The X-1, which was unveiled during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, is based on the tub and chassis of the MP4-12C. The design was informed by such historic cars as the 1953 Chrysler D'Elegance Ghia, 1959 Buick Electra, and 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K. The obviously very wealthy buyer had McLaren hold a design competition for the project, with the eventual winner being McLaren's own Hong Yeo.

The X-1 uses carbon fiber body panels throughout, which keeps its weight the same as the MP4-12C. Looking like a retro-Batmobile, the X-1's sides are heavily styled, although Yeo says "No details are simply visual cues, every one has a purpose." The doors open in the same manner as those of the MP4-12C, while the panels over the rear wheels are hinged. The wheels themselves are also a custom design.

A power-operated rear wing, designed to work as an airbrake, is made from aluminum. The engine is the same 3.8-liter six cylinder, with twin turbos, as found in the MP4-12C. It generates 592 horsepower.

Although McLaren will not reveal the name of the buyer, the company does say he also owns a McLaren F1 and a Mercedes-Benz SLR, both earlier McLaren models.

The McLaren X-1 uses carbon fiber for all of its body panels, and the chassis from the McLaren MP4-12C. McLaren


Join the discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre

Don't Miss
Hot Products
Trending on CNET


Mac running slow?

Boost your computer with these five useful tips that will clean up the clutter.