McLaren Special Operations reveals the first P1 with a carbon fiber conversion kit

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The Geneva Motor Show is still a couple weeks away, but it’s already shaping up to be quite the show. This year, McLaren is setting up its largest stand ever and will showcase vehicles like a bespoke version of the 675LT Spider, the recently confirmed 650S GT3 race car, and another, unknown addition to the Sports Series family. However, one of the more interesting vehicles on display will be the McLaren P1 by McLaren Special Operations.

A couple years back, we covered a story about a customer who thought McLaren offered a full carbon fiber body for the P1 at no additional cost. Of course, this was an absurd assumption by someone who was ill-informed, considering such an option would be so costly that the word “free” has no place in the conversation. That may be the case, but it got the idea out there.

Earlier this year, McLaren announced that the P1 would be offered with a carbon fiber body conversion, and the first of the 375 road-legal versions of the P1 equipped with this carbon fiber body will be shown to the public for the first time in Geneva. The conversion is obviously done by MSO, and you can’t deny how beautiful it looks from the pictures. Until we get to see the car up close, in its carbon form, let’s take a better look at this special McLaren P1.

Continue reading to learn more about the McLaren P1 By MSO.

What makes the McLaren P1 By MSO special

As you can see by quickly glancing at the photos supplied by MSO, there’s no trickery when it comes to changes to the body. The carbon fiber shell is practically identical in every way to the body it replaces. But, that’s ok – MSO wasn’t setting out to modify the P1 as far as aerodynamics or style goes. Instead, it was focused on supplying a lighter body and a more luxurious interior, and it did just that.

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To start off, the full carbon fiber body is hand-laid and set with a bespoke Lio Blue lacquer. In addition to the Lio Blue carbon fiber body, MSO also dressed up this P1 with a gloss black finish to the wheels, and a 24-carat gold exhaust heat shield – a little something to pay homage to the McLaren F1. Inside, the entire cabin was retrimmed with carbon black Alcantara. The blue and black color scheme continues on the inside, as all the Alcantara is stitched together with blue contrast stitching.

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As you can see from the images, the coloration of the carbon fiber body and the black accenting gives the P1 what I like to call a "midnight appearance." If you can imagine the car sitting under a full moon, the Lio Blue would be nicely accented by the light from our floating companion. On the inside, I can’t help but notice how beautiful the carbon trim and Alcantara are when they come together.

Needless to say, MSO did an exceptional job on this P1. If I was lucky enough to be able to afford a P1, I would certainly go for this carbon fiber conversion. I look forward to seeing more of it when it arrives in Geneva.

McLaren P1

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At first, the McLaren P1 generated mixed opinions from the public. Some thought the car had just too much going on, and it wasn’t as eye-catching as models like the LaFerrari, for instance. The body of the McLaren P1 is certainly unique and is a combination of some interesting shapes thrown together in a way that somehow makes harmony. Despite its subjective styling, it sure did end up hitting the nail right on the head for some people’s idea of what a hypercar should look like. If you ask my opinion, I think it’s absolutely beautiful, and a true masterpiece both inside and out.
Read our full review on the McLaren P1 here.

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Press Release

McLaren Automotive will attend the Geneva Motor Show for the fourth time this year with its largest ever stand in a new location, showcasing the largest range of models from the full three-tier model line-up. Among the headlines, McLaren Special Operations (MSO) will pay a carbon fibre tribute to the McLaren P1™ which recently ceased production. MSO has also created a bespoke version of the 675LT Spider which makes its first public appearance at the show after selling out in weeks. They will line up alongside the recently-confirmed 650S GT3 racing car and a still-to-be-announced addition to the Sports Series family on Stand 6040, Hall 6. It will be the largest motor show presence of McLaren to date, underlining the growth of the proudly independent British sports car brand.

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The latest customer project completed by the team at McLaren Special Operations, through its MSO Bespoke division, showcases the craftsmanship and levels of tailoring available to all McLaren owners. The McLaren P1™ by MSO, one of the 375 road legal versions produced, is presented with a full visual carbon fibre body which has been hand-laid, with a bespoke ‘Lio Blue’ tinted lacquer. The Geneva Motor Show marks the first time the full visual carbon fibre body conversion has been displayed publicly after it was made available to McLaren P1™ customers earlier this year. Other key upgrades completed by MSO include a gloss black finish to the wheels, an extensive retrim of the interior with carbon black Alcantara® and contrasting blue stitching, and a 24-carat gold exhaust heatshield in a homage to the McLaren F1.

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