Contrary to what you may believe, this is not a vegetable. What this is, is the brand new McLaren X-1 Concept that was recently unveiled in public at the infamous Pebble Beach Concours in Monterrey.
This ‘unique’ one-off model comes to us from the minds at McLaren’s Special Operations Department and Korean RCA graduate Hong Yeo, who took 18 months to finalize the design of the customer special.
Looking into design cues, the client along with designer drew inspiration from unlikely sources; noting mid-century models like the Facel Vega, Citroen SM and Mercedes-Benz 540K, as well as architectural inspirations such as an Airstream Trailer, a baby grand piano, and I kid you not, an eggplant. This led McLaren designers to the futuristic approach of a classically-derived concept.
MSO Programs Director Paul McKenzie explains how this three-year conversation turned into a one-of-a-kind McLaren concept:
“The conversation began with our Executive Chairman Ron Dennis almost three years ago − before the 12C was even launched. The client wanted a machine that had all the capability of the 12C but wrapped in a unique body that reflected his needs and personality.”
After the X-1 heads home from Pebble Beach in Monterey, it will receive a full walk through by McLaren engineers before it’s handed over to its rightful owner.