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Can Psychedelic Colors Camouflage the Greatness Out of a McLaren MP4-12C?

German tuner Hamann Motorsports has given a $259,000 McLaren MP4-12C supercar a $122,000 paint job that is truly psychedelic. Reminding this writer of the eggs he produced with a special Easter Egg coloring kit he had as a boy one year that colored eggs with a swirling rainbow of brightness in much the same way hippies tie-die their shirts, the colors of this “upgraded” 616 horsepower look as if they came from the cool, top row of the Crayola 64 pack.

However, the question is, does this crazy paint job help the car stand out as only a supercar should? No, says this writer. Though the colors do indeed draw attention, the way that the colors stripe across the car’s exterior breaks up the car’s outline making it more indistinguishable from its surroundings in the exact same way that a giraffe’s spots hide it from a predator’s eyes. A supercar needs a distinguishing outline, not muddled lines.


About the author: Andrew Greene


Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.


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