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Mclaren goes Bespoke

McLaren has uncovered a one-off concept car called the X-1 at the exclusive motering event 'The Quail'. Based on the 12C, the concept was built by McLaren Special Operations (MSO) - the division of the company that focuses on bespoke projects.

Specialised were given the opportunity to work on the X1 taking earlier patterns from it so we could supply both mclaren and the client with their bespoke tailored Car cover.  Mclaren have since had orders for 4 more X1's so lets hope that these customers will be next to receieve their tailored cover.

The project began three years ago during a conversation between company chairman Ron Dennis and the anonymous client, who already owns a McLaren F1. He wanted a supercar that suited to his personality.

While designing the X-1, the customer supplied various notes and inspirational objects to MSO chief Paul Mackenzie and design chief Frank Stephenson for ideas. Various cars were also mentioned, including a 1961 Facel Vega, 1953 Chrysler D’Elegance Ghia, 1959 Buick Electra, 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K and CitroΫn SM.

Hong Yeo is the designer in credited to the styling of the X-1. Korean-born RCA graduate, Yeo was chosen and directed by Frank Stephenson to design the special project.

Specialised Covers are the official suppliers to Mclaren and every MP4-12C comes with one of our covers.

Unfortunately we were never allowed to photograph the X1 cover on the car but we heard it looked fantastic.

To read the full article in Octane from Keith Adams Please click here