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: Maybe, but there are town planners and other legal figures who can, and probably would, stop the Frankenhouse being built. There is no taste police for cars, except us. The X-1 stretches the existing McLaren design DNA too far. We all know Ferrari is not averse to massaging its designs to accommodate individual tastes, but everything the Special Projects division produces reinforces the existing design language and makes the brand more desirable. Look at the P4/5 Glickenhaus car, look at Eric Clapton's SP12 EC - both glorious and both making Ferrari a fortune, but also making the brand cooler. The clever bit is knowing how far you can push something. The X-1 doesn't say ‘McLaren' in anything other than its badge. At what point would they say "no" to a design?