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 one-off 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 over 20 years to the days of the McLaren F1 roadcar, and continues to look after servicing and maintaining F1s for owners, as well as undertaking personalisation work for all McLaren models.
Commissioned by a North American customer, the P1 to be shown features a number of bespoke options that mark the car 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, an orange speedmark logo sits towards the front edge of the bonnet.
The bodywork is finished in grey, with the metallic finish contrasted by gloss carbon-fibre, and further punctuated by orange accents. Along the profile of the car, orange brake callipers 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 P1.
The rear of the car is enhanced with the fitment of 24 carat gold heatshields around the engine bay and inconel exhaust. The material, famously used on the 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. The upper surface of the twin element rear wing is finished in body colour, while the lower is bare carbon-fibre. This sits on top of 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 LED tail light design.
The interior also features extensive use of carbon-fibre. The lightweight carbon shell racing seats are fitted with a four-point harness, while contrasting details feature grey binding and stitching on all upholstery, and orange accents on the centre console. Custom satin nickel-finished airvents mimic the finish found on the exterior exhaust finisher.
MSO will also be showcasing a one-off version of the MSO 650S Spider, which has been designed in collaboration with McLaren Newport Beach and McLaren Automotive design director Frank Stephenson.
The exterior has been finished in “Cerulean Blue,” a custom paint designed by MSO which includes a heavy metallic flake. The colour contrasts against the satin carbon-fibre detailing seen on the front bumper, side air intakes, and on the centre section of the rear bumper and large MSO rear diffuser. Additional exterior design details include the use of chrome on the exhaust finishers and the 10-spoke alloy wheels.
The cabin is upholstered with carbon black leather with a contrasting blue stitch, extending on to the steering wheel, dash and doors. The seats also feature a McLaren speedmark embroidered in to the headrests and continue with the blue contrast stitch on the outer edges. Opening the dihedral doors shows the MSO branded carbon-fibre sill panel, highlighting the lightweight MonoCell chassis.