Fast & Curious: the McLaren X-1
McLaren's X-1 has polarised the office. Time to have it out with some verbal fisticuffs...
Posted: 15 Oct 2012
SP: Maybe I'm struggling to see the X-1 from the perspective of a multi-supercar owner rather than a 10-year-old. Divorce yourself from the world of brands and heritage, and imagine bumbling down the M4, between the Vectras and the Priuses. If the X-1 came past in the outside lane, you wouldn't snort in disgust. You wouldn't assess it with a rational, aesthetic eye, pondering whether the rear was overwrought or the design cues formed a coherent whole. You'd cheer in delight at the insouciance of the thing. And that's the fun of the X-1. It's a grim cliche to describe a supercar as ‘the sort of thing a schoolboy would scribble in the back of his homework jotter', but the X-1 is precisely that: a fantastical pencil sketch created without regard for whether the design could ever actually work.