McLaren is best known around these parts for its F1 team and its road-car division, McLaren Automotive, but the company does a lot more than build fast, four-wheeled things. Its Applied Technologies division is actually developing fascinating health and wellness tech that sounds like it comes straight out of the future. One piece of tech is known, simply, as Project Invincible.
behind Project Invincible, which is essentially a piece of body armor built for a billionaire with a weakened rib cage and sternum. This makes many of his internal organs at great risk to damage, and leaves him especially susceptible to pain. The billionaire, referred to as Client X, is a McLaren Automotive customer and approached the team at Applied Technologies looking for a solution to this problem.
"Client X came to us wanting to feel less fragile," Project Invincible leader Dan Toon told Men's Health. "He wanted to feel normal."
After taking detailed scans of Client X's body and extensively researching his medical history, McLaren designed a shield made from carbon fiber, Zylon (the strongest man-made material in existence), and Dyneema, which is used in bulletproof vests. The shield also consists of an undershirt-like base layer garment and attenuation pads to absorb impacts.
The whole thing took McLaren around three months to design, and cost around $250,000. Client X is reportedly very happy with it.
For more details on what went into making this astounding piece of hardware, check out . It just goes to show that the 720S isn't McLaren's only interesting creation this year.