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This new limited-run McLaren definitely has the X factor

Written by: Neil

A new car has emerged from McLaren’s performance division and it’s making many of us here in the Petrol News office very envious.

The MSO X is the latest automotive monster created by McLaren Special Operations (MSO) and before we go any further, we’re gonna have to tell you that all 10 examples that will ever be built have already been handed over to their owners.

Usually, that kind of finality would be enough for us to shrug and walk away, but this is a special edition McLaren so naturally, we wanted to know more.

The aim of the MSO X was to have a serious track car that could still be driven on the road and they seem to have done just that.

Its exterior mirrors that of the McLaren 570S GT4 race car as closely as possible, and the MSO X is deliberately finished in accordance with race car design practice, with liveries inspired by McLaren F1 GTR endurance race cars of the mid-1990s.

Circuit aerodynamic efficiency has been optimised, with each car featuring a 570S GT4-inspired, pylon-mounted rear wing that provides close to 100kg of extra downforce.

The cabin’s soundtrack is probably amazing too with a fully functional ‘goose neck’ carbon fibre roof snorkel enhancing induction airflow.

Finally, there’s an MSO 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.

One of the brand’s marketing bods explained that customers come to McLaren with ideas and the MSO team 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 commented, and to that we respond ‘very little’.

Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “Any McLaren is sure to be jawdropping but this thing is just immense. With just 10 examples in the world, it’s a shame we’ll probably never see an MSO X in the metal.”

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