McLaren race-inspired street car has 10 new owners

Bespoke project created over past year by McLaren Special Operations

Published: January 25, 2018, 5:30 PM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 3:04 PM

McLaren MSO X

There are 10 ecstatic McLaren owners in the world today, all having taken delivery of their road-legal, racecar-inspired MSO X lightweight, carbon-fibre-intensive, high-performance coupes.

Created as a bespoke project over the past year by McLaren Special Operations (MSO), the MSO X is inspired by the McLaren 570S GT4, featuring a high-downforce rear wing, track-biased interior, and unique exterior colours echoing famous McLaren F1 GTR racing liveries from the mid-1990s.

“The MSO X collection is the perfect example of the rich vein of bespoke service offered by McLaren Special Operations. Customers come to us with their thoughts and ideas and MSO works with them to set boundaries within which they can then let their imaginations run wild,” Jolyon Nash, McLaren Automotive Executive Director, Global Sales and Marketing. “What could be better than a McLaren buyer playing the role of ‘race engineer’ in briefing the MSO team and directing them to test and validate those ideas to create a race-bred road car such as this?”

The design puts the onus on aerodynamic efficiency, with the selling points being the 570S GT4-inspired rear wing that generates up to 100 kg of downforce, and the F1 GT Longtail-inspired roof snorkel to provide air to the engine (which also enhances the sound in the cabin), and a 570S GT4 style hood with special air intakes.

Other exterior features include front dive planes, titanium Super Sports exhaust and Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires.

The interior features minimalist design, with exposed carbon fibre, including the carbon-fibre backed seats, centre console, door sills and bulkhead, which features space for two race helmets. An exterior matching harness bar holds the 6-point racing harness (for track use, as the car comes with the traditional road-going 3-point belts), and display for a full suite of action-capturing cameras.

Other street-use features include parking sensors and air conditioning, among others.

“The aim of this project was to have a serious track car that could still be driven on the road and this finished project screams ‘race car’ to the casual onlooker,” concluded Pietro Frigerio, dealer principal at McLaren Newport Beach, which commissioned the 10 cars. “To have the MSO X project go from renderings at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last July to the 10 magnificent supercars that we handed over to our excited clients today, is nothing short of amazing.”