So what do you do if you already own a McLaren F1, a Mercedes SLR McLaren, and a MC4-12C? You have McLaren Special Operations build a custom car based on the 12C for you. The X-1 is structurally based on the 12C’s carbon MonoCell and twin-turbo 625PS engine, but features a totally unique body that recalls the classic, swooping lines of cars gone by – specifically the the 1961 Facel Vega, the 1953 Chrysler D’Elegance Ghia, the 1959 Buick Electra, the 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K, and the 1971 Citroën SM.
Nearly every aspect of the car is custom. The unique body panels are carbon and finished in gloss piano black, while some remain visible with a laquered carbon-fiber weave. All exposed metalwork is machined aluminum with a nickel finish. The interior is richly appointed in an appropriately contrasting Harissa Red McLaren Nappa leather, carbon fiber and aluminum.
The most unique aspect of the car is found in the retractable carbon fiber panels that cover the rear wheels, providing a futuristic approach to a stylistic element of yesteryear. Expect this custom job to drive like a true supercar, despite the increased dimensions. It remains light, fast and will surely be the envy of every filthy rich McLaren customer-to-be, who (upon reading this) will no doubt jump on their phones to dial in their own custom job to McLaren Spec Ops.