January 07, 2008
Ohhhh-boy! Remember what I said earlier, that Ferrari does build 'em purty? Well, they ain't got NUTHIN' on McLaren. Their 2008 charger, the MP4-23, debuted earlier today, and to be honest, it looks pretty much like the MP4-22... without the flyover bridge nose wing, though.
But who cares? Let's get to the pr0n!
Unlike Ferrari, it appears that McLaren doesn't believe in "glamour shots", instead rolling their cars out onto the stage and letting photographers go at it. As a result, it's a bit harder this year to see any difference in bodywork. The bargeboards seem a little smaller, and it might be telling that there's no advertising on the nosewing endplates... sponsor flight? Maybe.
Having said that the team doesn't go in for glamour shots, they sure did manage to get the homina-homina-homina factor going with these. Sad that the number on the car is 23, though. Y'know, back a few years ago, I didn't think that I'd like the new "glare on wheels" paint scheme for McLaren. Now, though, I gotta say that it's probably the most stunning car on the track... followed closely by the Ferrari. I don't like Ferrari; that's no secret. But the red car is iconic, and probably the most recognizable racer in the world... even to non-F1 fans.
If those earlier photos were cheesecake, though, here's the centerfold:
...I can't even see the staples.
Posted by: madmike at January 08, 2008 09:38 AM (xwTH1)
The A-10 and SR-71 are also great examples of the beauty of pure function.
I think they should have used some black trim around the "vodafone" and 23. The small bits of black trim between the silver and orange make the orange really stand out.
Back when I worked at a local hobby shop, we held weekly R/C car races. I was always amazed at how wound up some kids (and adults too) could get into, what was to my mind, over-blown toy racing. That being said, some of those guys turned out awesome paint jobs. There was one car in particular that had a silver base with black/orange trim scheme, like the McLaren, but it also had a bit of royal blue trim mixed in. It looked amazing.
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