Launched in 2018, Essence of Speed features three crystal creatures, unveiled over a three-year period, one creature per year. Each is available in two sizes in limited editions. After the Cheetah and the Falcon, the Swordfish is the last of these collector’s items, symbols of speed.
Both masters in their field, Lalique and McLaren draw a common inspiration from nature. With its exceptional racing track record, McLaren embodies the incessant quest for speed, constantly perfecting its expertise, design and engineering of its cars. McLaren is inspired by the fastest and most agile animals on land, in the air or at sea. From the fins of certain fish to the wing position of a bird of prey in a dive, nature seems to have designed certain animals to best adapt to the quest for speed. McLaren designers often seek their inspiration in the animal kingdom: using an approach called biomimicry, they observe nature to find influences.
To bring to life the beauty of the world through materials, René Lalique has also drawn inspiration from nature: flora, fauna and women. His car hood mascots are among his most famous pieces created in the 1920s and 1930s, during which they adorned radiator caps, ensuring the prestige of their owners. Today, they are still eagerly sought after by collectors.
Shaped in the satin and repolished crystal emblematic of Lalique, the Cheetah in the middle of a race, the Falcon in flight and the Espdaon are presented on a base, each in a limited edition of 375 pieces – in reference to the number of Supercar P1s – and each declined as a spectacular piece, created using the lost wax technique, in a limited edition of 20 pieces, a tribute to the 20 Formula 1 World Championships won to date by McLaren.