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: I'm all for diversity when it's beautiful or functionally beautiful. The X-1 is neither. What was the question this thing is the answer to?
SP: There wasn't one overarching question, that's the point. Modern cars are shaped by engineers and aerodynamicists, with designers limited to fiddling in the margins. For better or worse, the X-1 harks back to the good ol' days of coachbuilding, where you had your ladder chassis and whatever sat atop that was down to the man with the pencils. Whether you like the end result or not, it's still good to see designers given, as the Pebble crowd would put it, a healthy chunk of real estate to work with.