10 unique McLaren sports cars that emulate the look and feel of a McLaren 570S GT4 race car have recently been delivered to their new owners. At a special McLaren customer event near Las Vegas, USA. Commissioned as an MSO Bespoke project – the 10 MSO X cars were ordered by McLaren Newport Beach. MSO allows almost limitless enhancement and personalisation of McLaren cars
Designed to mirror the external appearance of the McLaren 570S GT4 race car, the MSO X cars are all inspired by McLaren F1 GTR endurance race cars of the 1990s.
The McLaren MSO aerodynamic package
The revised design of the MSO X cars optimises circuit aerodynamic efficiency. With each car featuring a 570S GT4-inspired, pylon-mounted rear wing that provides approaching 100kg of extra downforce. A fully functional ‘goose neck’ carbon fibre roof snorkel delivers a unique cockpit sound. The transformation is completed by the inclusion of front dive planes. An MSO Titanium Super Sports Exhaust, Pirelli P ZERO CORSA tyres. And a 570S GT4-style bonnet with specially constructed air intakes. They work in conjunction with the roof snorkel and rear wing as a complete MSO aerodynamic package. Extensive use of satin finish carbon fibre across the entire bodywork helps to reduce weight. The roof, bonnet, side skirts, engine cover and the rear bumper are also made of carbon fibre.
McLaren MSO X cars are designed to be driven on the road
The interior of each MSO X car features a track-oriented, minimalist design. And is visibly different to any other McLaren Sports Series road car. The carbon fibre Monocell 2 chassis is deliberately exposed. Complementing carbon shell bucket seats, exposed carbon fibre sill panels and a bespoke carbon fibre bulkhead. In order to save weight, the centre tunnel storage bin has been removed. MSO X cars are also equipped with a colour matched harness bar to hold the 6-point racing harnesses for track driving. And with and McLaren Track Telemetry with a full suite of cameras.
Befitting the fact that the MSO X cars are designed to be driven on the road, McLaren’s reputation for road car usability is at least partially retained. With parking sensors, rear view cameras, vehicle lift and race air conditioning on all the vehicles.
The MSO X commission progressed from an initial design discussion to all 10 examples being sold and delivered in just eight months. As McLaren Newport Beach Dealer Principal, Pietro Frigerio, explains: “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. 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.”
McLaren Automotive is a creator of luxury, high-performance sportscars and supercars
The company, launched in 2010, is now the largest part of the McLaren Group. Every vehicle is hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre (MPC) in Woking, Surrey, England. The company has three defined product families: Sports Series, Super Series and Ultimate Series. Which are retailed through over 80 retailers in 30 markets around the world. McLaren is a pioneer that continuously pushes the boundaries. In 1981, it introduced lightweight and strong carbon fibre chassis into Formula 1 with the McLaren MP4/1.
Then in 1993 it designed and built the McLaren F1 road car. The company has not built a car without a carbon fibre chassis since. As part of the Ultimate Series, McLaren was the first to deliver a hybrid hypercar, the McLaren P1. Announced in 2016, the company’s Track22 business plan will see the company invest £1billion in research and development. To deliver 15 new cars or derivatives by the end of 2022, of which at least half will be hybrids.
2017 saw the company launch further models in line with Track22. Including the second-generation Super Series, the 570S Spider and the McLaren Senna. To support the development, engineering and manufacture of its supercars, McLaren partners with world leading companies. These include AkzoNobel, Kenwood, Pirelli and Richard Mille.
The McLaren Group is a global leader in luxury high performance and technology and comprises three principal businesses: Automotive, Racing and Applied Technologies.