A new limited-edition McLaren has arrived. Now that might not seem like anything remarkable – standard McLarens are pretty rare beasts in themselves – but this new model is something else.
Capped at just 10 units in total, the MSO X emulates the look and feel of a 570S GT4 race car, but the twist is that the MSO X is fully road-legal – burn rubber around the track in the morning, take gran to bingo in the evening, perfect!
Before we go on though, we shouldn’t get your hopes up and explain that all 10 have been handed over to their new owners at a special McLaren customer event near Las Vegas. Still, any car to emerge from McLaren Special Operations (hence the name, MSO) is worth knowing about.
After mirroring the external appearance of the 570S GT4 race car as closely as possible, the hand-assembled MSO X cars are finished in accordance with race car design practice and all have liveries inspired by McLaren F1 GTR endurance race cars of the mid-1990s.
The MSO X’s revised design optimises circuit aerodynamic efficiency, with each car featuring a 570S GT4-inspired, pylon-mounted rear wing, providing almost 100kg of extra downforce.
Meanwhile, a fully functional ‘goose neck’ carbon-fibre roof snorkel for enhanced induction airflow, inspired by the 1997 F1 GTR Longtail, delivers a unique cockpit sound.
Finally, the last of MSO’s tinkering involves adding front dive planes, a titanium Super Sports exhaust, Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres and a 570S GT4-style bonnet with specially constructed air intakes that work in conjunction with the roof snorkel and rear wing as a complete MSO aerodynamic package.
One of the marketing bods at McLaren described the MSO X as “the perfect example of the rich vein of bespoke service offered by McLaren Special Operations”.
They explained how customers contribute ideas and MSO works with them to let their imaginations run wild.
“What could be better than a McLaren buyer playing the role of ‘race engineer’ in briefing the MSO team and directing them to test and validate those ideas to create a race-bred road car such as this?”, they added. Answer: not much.
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