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
PD: Polarising? People were fainting in shock at The Quail when they saw it. What kind of strange and eclectic list spawned the X-1?
SP: It's even weirder than you could possibly imagine. If you'll permit me to quote from McLaren's unintentionally hilarious bumf: "Inspirational cars included a 1961 Facel Vega, a 1953 Chrysler D'Elegance Ghia... and a 1971 Citroen SM. There were various examples of architecture - including the Guggenheim museums - plus a Jaeger-LeCoultre Art Deco clock, an Airstream trailer, a grand piano and an eggplant. ‘The client liked the shiny texture,' notes [McLaren design director Frank] Stephenson. There was also a black-and-white photo of Audrey Hepburn."