McLaren Special Operations, McLaren’s bespoke division, was first launched at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2011. Since that time, MSO has been responsible for a handful of unique creations, including the 12C Concept Car that we first saw in December 2013 and the 650S Coupe Concept that was unveiled in April 2014. For the 2014 Pebble Beach show, McLaren is returning to the scene of the MSO’s debut with two new customized projects, this time for the almighty P1 and the 650S Spider .
The former, in particular, was commissioned by a North American customer and it further reinforces MSO’s billing as McLaren’s full personalization service for its owners. MSO’s work on the P1 is completely stunning. Actually, "stunning" might not even be a clear representation of the work MSO put into turning this P1 into a true one-of-a-kind showpiece model.
There are rare moments in life when you just sit back and admire someone else’s work, and The MSO P1 is one of those moments. I’d love to wax poetic about it, but even the sincerest form of hyperbole probably won’t do justice to the work McLaren’s MSO division put into this P1.
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The Stirling Grey body looks deliriously awesome when you combine it with the silver finishes on the aluminum grilles and glossy carbon-fiber bumper.
The exterior look of the MSO-designed P1 is a true exercise in customization. The Stirling Grey body looks deliriously awesome when you combine it with the silver finishes on the aluminum grilles and glossy carbon-fiber bumper. McLaren Orange accents, including the speed mark on the hood of the P1, are carefully placed around the body, creating that unique finish that only an MSO-designed McLaren P1 could receive.
The rear section of this McLaren P1 has a pretty interesting feature: 24-carat gold heatshields around the engine bay and inconel exhaust. The heatshields are commonly used in McLaren models, particularly on the F1. The name sounds sexy and all, but its functions are arguably as important as the name. The rear wing of the P1 was customized to carry the same Stirling Grey color as the body, although the lower section was left to display bare carbon fiber.
The entire design is evidence of what MSO is fully capable of when you give it a canvas to work on. That includes the McLaren P1.
Stone Grey binding and stitching is prominently used on all of the P1's upholstery, while the bespoke MSO steering wheel makes good use of the fancy Alcantara.
Step inside the cabin of the McLaren P1 and you’ll probably drown in all the carbon fiber and Alcantara McLaren used to dress up this interior. That’s par for the course when it comes to upholding the bespoke qualities of MSO. But it’s still pretty jarring when you see it for the first time.
Once you get acclimated to all the carbon fiber and Alcantara, you’ll notice that you’re sitting on lightweight, carbon-fiber racing seats that come with a four-point harness. Stone Grey binding and stitching is prominently used on all of the P1’s upholstery, while the bespoke MSO steering wheel makes good use of the fancy Alcantara.
Subtle McLaren Orange accents on the center console offer a splashy contrast to the otherwise monotonous grey cabin, while the custom Satin Nickel-finished air vents also provide a fresh application to mimic the finish of the P1’s exhaust system.
There was no work put into improving the P1’s engine. Normally, that would be met with disappointment, but nothing about the P1’s current powertrain is disappointing. It’s got a 3.8-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 engine that’s combined with an electric motor to produce a scintillating 903 horsepower and 1,100 pound-feet of torque.
That kind of power allows the P1 to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds to go with a top speed of 217 mph.
2015 McLaren P1 By MSO: Drivetrain Specification
|Type||3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine|
|Peak power||903 HP|
|Peak torque||1,100 LB-FT|
|0 to 100 KM/H (62 MPH)||2.8 seconds|
|0 to 200 KM/H (124 MPH)||6.8 Seconds|
|0 to 300 KM/H (186 MPH)||16.5 Seconds|
|1/4-Mile||9.8 Seconds Ay 245 KM/H (152 MPH)|
|Top Speed||217-mph, limited|
As far as we know, this particular McLaren P1 already has an owner.. A P1 on the open market costs $1.15 million, which ironically is right around what you might pay for one if you decide to look into the used-car market.
Any relevant discussion regarding a competitor to the P1 begins with the Ferrari LaFerrari. Both models are similar in so many ways it’s actually scary. Both look absolutely gorgeous; both come with unique and highly complicated hybrid systems; both produce insane amounts of power; both are incredibly expensive; and both will always remain as dream cars for a lot of us.
The Ferrari LaFerrari comes with its own hybrid powertrain that features an elaborate electric motor to go with a 6.3-liter, V-12 engine, producing a total of 963 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque. All that and the LaFerrari is capable of hitting 0 to 60 mph in just under three seconds to go with a top speed of 217 mph.
Gallery Ferrari LaFerrari
The Porsche 918 Spyder’s introduction at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show not only ushered in a new era for Porsche and for hybrid supercars everywhere, but it also gave Stuttgart that long sought-after supercar to rival the McLaren P1.
Like the P1, the 918 Spyder makes use of a highly advanced hybrid powertrain that includes a 4.6-liter, V-8 engine that pumps out 608 horsepower at 8,500 rpm and 391 foot-pounds of torque, and an electric motor that produces 154 horsepower on the rear axle and another 127 ponies on the front axle. All in all, the 918 Spyder has a total output of 887 horsepower and 940 pound-feet of torque, good enough to give the P1 a run for its money.
Gallery Porsche 918 Spyder
The McLaren P1 deserves a special place in our hearts reserved only for the fastest and most powerful supercars in the world. This one-off model component really is a cherry on top of the proverbial sundae, allowing us to see the just how endless the possibilities are when MSO gets a hold of the P1.
- McLaren customization at its finest
- The interior looks stunning
- McLaren spared no expense in using the finest quality materials
- It’s strictly the kind of customization reserved for P1 owners and those with really deep pockets
- No performance bump
Gallery McLaren P1 by MSO
Three years after launching at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, McLaren Special Operations (MSO) will return to the fairway of the 18th hole at the famous Pebble Beach automotive weekend with unique examples of the McLaren P1™ and the recently launched MSO 650S Spider.
The bespoke McLaren Special Operations division was launched in 2011, and offers a full personalisation service for McLaren owners. The dedicated division grew out of McLaren’s Customer Care programme, which goes back more than 20 years to the days of the McLaren F1 roadcar, and continues to look after servicing and maintaining cherished F1s for owners, as well as undertaking personalisation work for all McLaren models.
Commissioned by a North American customer, the McLaren P1™ to be shown features a host of bespoke options which subtly mark this car out, and is on display publicly for the first time. Using the famous McLaren Orange paint throughout to accent the aerodynamic form of the groundbreaking car, the Pebble Beach debut is a showcase of what MSO can offer on the McLaren P1™.
The unique example of the 916PS, 217 mph hypercar is subtly modified to mark this example out from the other 170 examples which have been built to date. At the front, silver finishing to the aluminium radiator grilles sit below the gloss carbon fibre bumper. Above this, a McLaren Orange speedmark adorns the bonnet. On closer inspection, these subtle and considered upgrades run throughout the entire car, and combine to create a truly stunning one-off example.
The bodywork is finished in exclusive Stirling Grey, with the rich metallic finish complemented by gloss carbon fibre, and punctuated by further McLaren Orange accents. Along the profile of the car, brake callipers finished in the heritage colour are mounted behind body-coloured alloy wheels, while an orange ‘P1’ logo on the leading edge of the rear wheelarch is inspired by the labelling used on the test mules during the development of the McLaren P1™.
The dramatic rear of the car is enhanced further by the fitment of 24 carat gold heatshields around the engine bay and inconel exhaust. The material, famously used on the no-compromise McLaren F1 of the 1990s and still used today on McLaren Formula 1™ cars, due to its reflective and heat resistance qualities, is a contrast against the dark paintwork and Satin Nickel-finished Stealth Pack. The upper surface of the twin element rear wing is finished in body colour, while the lower is bare carbon fibre, further amplifying the stealthy appearance. This sits on top of McLaren Orange detailing, with the upper sections of the wing pistons adding further contrast. A bespoke aluminium grille is fitted above the carbon fibre bumper, and is framed by the iconic LED tail light design.
The interior has been tailored with extensive use of carbon fibre and Alcantara®, with the upholstery used on the bespoke MSO steering wheel. The lightweight carbon shell racing seats are fitted with a four-point harness, while further subtle contrasting details feature throughout with Stone Grey binding and stitching on all upholstery, and McLaren Orange accents on the centre console. Custom Satin Nickel-finished airvents mimic the finish found on the exterior exhaust finisher.