McLaren X1 spotted at the Bahrain GP
The McLaren X1 was spotted at the recently concluded Formula 1 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix. Only one was ever built by British supercar manufacturer, exclusively for the owner in Bahrain.
The McLaren X1 concept first broke cover in August last year. The X1 owner, who also owns a McLaren F1, a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren and a McLaren MP4-12C, wanted a unique car which was as capable as the MP4-12C, but exhibit a “timeless and classical elegance”. Several classic and vintage cars were used as inspirations for the design, including the 1961 Facel Vega, the 1953 Chrysler D’Elegance Ghia, the 1959 Buick Electra, the 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K and the 1971 Citroën SM. On the request of the client, there was even a design competition held between designers around the world. Ultimately one of McLaren’s in-house designs was concluded for production.
While the X1 shares a majority of the mechanical components with the McLaren MP4-12C, including the twin-turbo 615 hp engine, the exterior appears to be a complete remake for the most part, perhaps the most interesting bit being the enclosed rear wheels as requested by the client.
Images courtesy of “BrnZed” via Teamspeed.com