Painting a McLaren
The new McLaren 720S Spider by MSO: No, we’re not going to talk about the performance of the car that’s powered by a 710-hp, 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8.
Rather, we’re going to talk about the paint.
The vehicle has a tri-tone paint finish that is called “Coriolis,” which is an orchestrated blend of Cerulean Blue, Burton Blue and Abyss Black metallic paints.
It takes over 260 hours for McLaren MSO “specialist craftspeople” to complete the tri-tone painting of the vehicle. There are specific areas that get the tri-tone coating: the front splitter, hood air intakes, front air intakes and side panels, lower door and lower side air intake panels, door mirrors, rear bumper and the underside of the active rear spoiler.
The point is to accentuate the elements that contribute to the overall aero of the car.
Said Darryl Scriven, MSO Chief Designer, McLaren Automotive, “Aerodynamic innovation is such an integral part of the 720S Spider that using this new paint design to highlight areas that work hard to manage how air flows over the car – literally how the car ‘breathes’ – was the natural approach to take. This is a car that truly merges artistry with the science of aerodynamics.”
(OK. If you’re really wondering, the 0 to 60 mph time of the car is 2.8 seconds and it has a top speed of 212 mph.)
On Tuesday Ford unveiled—using the social media channels of actor Dwayne Johnson (this has got to unnerve some of the auto buff book editors)—the 2018 Mustang, which has undergone some modifications: under the hood (the 3.7-liter V6 is giving way to a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four, and a 10-speed automatic is available), on the dash (a 12-inch, all-digital LCD screen is available for the dashboard), at the tires (12 wheel choices), on the chassis (MagneRide damper technology is being offered with the Mustang Performance Package), and on the exterior (three new paint colors). And while on the subject of the exterior, there are some notable changes—a lower, remodeled hood, repositioned hood vents, new upper and lower front grilles, LED front lights, revised LED taillamps, new rear bumper and fascia.
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