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McLaren reveals MSO X series

By Chris Thompson, 29 Jan 2018 News

McLaren reveals MSO X series

Ten special McLaren 570S GT4-inspired cars made for the road

McLaren Automotive has revealed it spent the last eight month designing and building ten unique race-inspired McLarens.

The MSO X series is comprised of 10 McLaren 570S GT4-based cars, which are road legal.

They all feature a race-inspired wing, providing almost an extra 100kg of downforce. In addition, a carbon fibre roof snorkel inspired by the McLaren F1 GTR Longtail increases induction airflow.

The two cars pictured are inspired by two particular McLaren F1 GTRs one in white, red, and blue to represent GTR Longtail #26R which competed in the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1997, and the other based on GTR chassis #01R which won overall at the 1995 Le Mans.

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McLaren sales and marketing executive director Jolyon Nash says cars from McLaren’s MSO branch are usually driven by customers’ individual desires.

“The MSO X collection is the perfect example of the rich vein of bespoke service offered by McLaren Special Operations.

“Customers come to us with their thoughts and ideas and MSO works with them to set boundaries within which they can then 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?”

The MSO X cars were ordered by a US dealer, McLaren Newport Beach. All 10 examples have been sold.

Dealer principal at McLaren Newport Beach Pietro Frigerio says he’s impressed with how quickly the project was carried out and completed.

“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,” says Frigerio.

“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.”