Being one of the richest men in the world means nothing if you aren’t physically fit enough to be able to enjoy it.
So one anonymous billionaire is counting on this incredible under armor to allow him to continue living a life of fast cars, skiing and chugging champagne.
The uber-wealthy client approached McLaren’s technology and design team and asked them to create an “invincible” shield the client could wear under their clothes.
Known only as “Client X,” they have been secretly harboring devastating injuries and needed a cage that could protect their organs.
A catastrophic event followed by several operations has left the secretive billionaire with a weakened ribcage, which has left him fearing that the smallest bump to his chest could result in a major injury.
To protect his body, the new shield replicates a rib cage using super-strong materials used in Formula 1 race cars.
The billionaire first tried out the cage at the McLaren Applied Technologies HQ in Woking, England where he was presented with the shield dressed up in a snazzy presentation box.
McLaren did not reveal the exact price but said it was under $250,000.
Only seven people inside the company know Client X’s exact identity and the only clue they offered was that he is a car fan.
To create the shield, the design team took a 3D scan of Client X’s body, combining these with medical images from his doctor.
“From digital therapeutics to tailored human performance programs and bespoke medical devices, our aim is to innovate healthcare solutions that can be tailored for individual patients,” McLaren’s Chief Medical Officer told Men’s Health.
“The common thread in all of our projects is data. We use data to build a digital picture of how a patient is performing or recovering, and then create solutions, or in the case of the Project Invincible, devices, to aid our users.”
“We use data to build a digital picture of how a patient is performing or recovering, and then create solutions, or in the case of the Project Invincible, devices, to aid our users.”
They needed to protect the client’s heart and lungs as their fourth rib and sternum were particularly weak following the mystery operations.
But most importantly, it needed to be flexible enough to allow Client X to carry on with their day-to-day activities and remain hidden under a suit and tie.
The final product can protect from initial impact, and transfers load from the most vulnerable area.