McLaren X-1 Spotted in Bahrain

The McLaren X-1 one-off sportscar was spotted last weekend in Bahrain, where the fourth 2013 Formula 1 season Grand Prix took place, at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir.
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The supercar developed by McLaren Special Operations (MSO) and introduced in 2012 at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance was seen in a private area near the race track, and stood there long enough for some shots to be taken and spread around the internet.

Based on the MP4-12C, the X-1 is powered by a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 engine paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that can send 616 HP to the ground. Developed for a wealthy customer in a process that took three year, the X-1 took its styling cues from cars like the 1961 Facel Vega, 1953 Chrysler D’Elegance Ghia, 1959 Buick Electra, 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K and the 1971 Citroen SM.

While its design is controversial, the X-1 is bound to become a highly expensive collectible thanks to its uniqueness.

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