At the highly coveted Pebble Peach Concours at Monterey, one of the most cherished names in the field of luxury sports cars, McLaren, unveiled the all new McLaren X1 Concept Car. Designed and developed by McLaren Special Operations, the X1 Concept Car is a perfect amalgamation of state of the art automobile engineering inspired from road car and drop dead gorgeous looks that are reminiscent of a luxury vintage car. The all new X1 Concept is the brainchild of Hong Yeo, a Korean native and working with McLaren. His design was part of an entrée in a design competition organized by McLaren that also witnessed the participation of contestants beyond the automobile industry. The McLaren X1 Concept features an engine similar to the MP12C, a M838T 3.8 liter twin-turbo V8 engine, delivering an astounding 625 hp of power that is tethered to a seven speed dual clutch transmission system. This cutting edge combination enables the concept car to achieve a top speed of 207 mph, while making a sprint of 0 to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds. McLaren announced its Special Operations division at the Pebble Peach Concours last year and has been in constant competition with Italian auto giant, Ferrari, while integrating numerous modifications to the MP12C.
The McLaren X1 Concept Car is a marvel of automobile designing that boasts of an all carbon fiber monocoque. The work on the X1 began some three years ago, when McLaren was approached by an anonymous buyer who wished to acquire a custom built super car with 21st century technologies and a classic as well as traditional design. The buyer who is known to be the owner of a McLaren F1 and a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren stressed on the fact that the new car needed to be inspired from several vintage cars, such as the likes of 1961 Facel Vega, the 1959 Buick Electra, the 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K and the 1971 Citroen SM The McLaren X1 finally took its form after 18 months of intense development process and comes with carbon fiber body panels painted in piano black. Furthermore, there has also been made extensive use of natural carbon fiber for the body sides that are coated with lacquer, thereby offering a bespoke finish. Adding greater luster to the X1, is the McLaren Speed Marque badge that has been crafted from solid aluminum and then provided with a generous coating of nickel.