McLaren's racing operation is far from bashful when it comes to extolling the virtues of, well, just about everything it does. In particular, the team is that have adorned its Formula 1 cars.
The team's current, chrome-centric design, which made its debut in 2006, stunned onlookers when it broke cover, and the U.K.-based constructor wasted little time before crafting an epic yarn that spoke to the technological hurdles it was forced to overcome.
"Team McLaren-Mercedes prides itself in being the best at everything it does," said a team rep after the MP4-21 chassis was launched. "That doesn't just mean winning on the track; that means being the best at every facet of what we do. About six months ago, we decided we wanted to create a new look and feel for the team.
"We wanted to create something that had movement in it, that has controlled mirroring. Reflective properties in it. It was incredibly difficult to achieve. We spent about six months researching different coatings, different properties, and in the end, we came up with what we believe is a revolutionary finishing technique."
If by "revolutionary" it means "copying what Oldsmobile did 29 years earlier with this 1977 Cutlass Salon IMSA GTO race car," then, sure, revolutionary it is. But I'm rather inclined to call this move more "evolutionary" than anything.
Oldsmobile: still relevant from beyond the grave.