McLaren designer reveals secrets

18:58, Aug 27 2012
McLaren X-1
Unveiled during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in the US, the one-off McLaren X-1 is based on the Ferrari-fighting MP4-12C, but boasts a unique, carbon fibre body that’s sure to split opinion at the exclusive event.
McLaren X-1
Unveiled during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in the US, the one-off McLaren X-1 is based on the Ferrari-fighting MP4-12C, but boasts a unique, carbon fibre body that’s sure to split opinion at the exclusive event.
McLaren X-1
Unveiled during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in the US, the one-off McLaren X-1 is based on the Ferrari-fighting MP4-12C, but boasts a unique, carbon fibre body that’s sure to split opinion at the exclusive event.
McLaren X-1
Unveiled during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in the US, the one-off McLaren X-1 is based on the Ferrari-fighting MP4-12C, but boasts a unique, carbon fibre body that’s sure to split opinion at the exclusive event.
McLaren X-1
Unveiled during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in the US, the one-off McLaren X-1 is based on the Ferrari-fighting MP4-12C, but boasts a unique, carbon fibre body that’s sure to split opinion at the exclusive event.
McLaren X-1
Unveiled during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in the US, the one-off McLaren X-1 is based on the Ferrari-fighting MP4-12C, but boasts a unique, carbon fibre body that’s sure to split opinion at the exclusive event.
McLaren X-1
Unveiled during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in the US, the one-off McLaren X-1 is based on the Ferrari-fighting MP4-12C, but boasts a unique, carbon fibre body that’s sure to split opinion at the exclusive event.
McLaren X-1
Unveiled during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in the US, the one-off McLaren X-1 is based on the Ferrari-fighting MP4-12C, but boasts a unique, carbon fibre body that’s sure to split opinion at the exclusive event.
McLaren X-1
Unveiled during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in the US, the one-off McLaren X-1 is based on the Ferrari-fighting MP4-12C, but boasts a unique, carbon fibre body that’s sure to split opinion at the exclusive event.
McLaren X-1
Unveiled during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in the US, the one-off McLaren X-1 is based on the Ferrari-fighting MP4-12C, but boasts a unique, carbon fibre body that’s sure to split opinion at the exclusive event.
McLaren X-1
Unveiled during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in the US, the one-off McLaren X-1 is based on the Ferrari-fighting MP4-12C, but boasts a unique, carbon fibre body that’s sure to split opinion at the exclusive event.
McLaren X-1
Unveiled during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in the US, the one-off McLaren X-1 is based on the Ferrari-fighting MP4-12C, but boasts a unique, carbon fibre body that’s sure to split opinion at the exclusive event.
McLaren X-1
Unveiled during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in the US, the one-off McLaren X-1 is based on the Ferrari-fighting MP4-12C, but boasts a unique, carbon fibre body that’s sure to split opinion at the exclusive event.
McLaren X-1
Unveiled during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in the US, the one-off McLaren X-1 is based on the Ferrari-fighting MP4-12C, but boasts a unique, carbon fibre body that’s sure to split opinion at the exclusive event.
McLaren X-1
Unveiled during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in the US, the one-off McLaren X-1 is based on the Ferrari-fighting MP4-12C, but boasts a unique, carbon fibre body that’s sure to split opinion at the exclusive event.
McLaren X-1
Unveiled during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in the US, the one-off McLaren X-1 is based on the Ferrari-fighting MP4-12C, but boasts a unique, carbon fibre body that’s sure to split opinion at the exclusive event.
McLaren X-1
Unveiled during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in the US, the one-off McLaren X-1 is based on the Ferrari-fighting MP4-12C, but boasts a unique, carbon fibre body that’s sure to split opinion at the exclusive event.
McLaren X-1
Unveiled during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in the US, the one-off McLaren X-1 is based on the Ferrari-fighting MP4-12C, but boasts a unique, carbon fibre body that’s sure to split opinion at the exclusive event.
McLaren X-1
Unveiled during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in the US, the one-off McLaren X-1 is based on the Ferrari-fighting MP4-12C, but boasts a unique, carbon fibre body that’s sure to split opinion at the exclusive event.

McLaren Automotive's chief designer Frank Stephenson provides a fascinating insight in a video interview into the secrets of various McLaren supercars.

Stephenson, interviewed at the recent Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance show, reveals the secret behind the 12C Spider's yellow paint job - it has to do with Ayrton Senna and why the best automotive designer in the world is mother nature.

Among's Stephenson's latest co-design work is the controversial McLaren X-1 but he has also been responsible for vehicles such as the Ferrari F430, the new Mini Cooper, FFX Ferrari Superenzo, Maserati's MC2 and Grand Sport and the BMW X5.

The interview is nearly 19 minutes long, but provides in rare insight into the thinking of designs at the forefront of automotive design.

* Click at the bottom right of the YouTube video interview to view in full screen.

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