Looking at this vehicle is like looking into the eyes a smiling goddess. It’s sleek. Debonair. Instant classic. But it’s a mere object of affection that has yet to be materialized. What you’re seeing is the handy work of G24 Studio, a freelance team of engineers and CG designers looking at the future of a myriad of topics, including automotive, medical and graphic design. They’re quite stunning in all of their respective areas, but the McLaren LMP1 concept car is something of dreams.
Back in 1995, McLaren entered their No. 59 F1 GTR at Le Mans. It was the first time they had decided to enter the grueling competition, going up against teams of proven winners. Despite all of the negative vibes, McLaren has been the only team who has won the Le Mans race in their first attempt. Not only did they win, but their subsequent entries finished 3rd, 4th, 5th and 13th by competition’s end. This year celebrates their 20th year since that historical Le Mans win, and you can relive the journey here.
This car needs to be made just for the simple fact that the design is immaculate. With its black and chrome signature jacket, this concept has a lustrous mid-engine design, which will keep in tradition with other Le Mans winners in the past. But think of the possibilities McLaren could go with an effective Le Mans team. With companies like Porsche, Audi and Toyota currently dominating the sport of endurance racing, McLaren has every right to throw their hat into that ring, for a shot at a second championship.
While it is unclear whether McLaren’s team has responded to the design, I certainly hope they’ve thought about it considerably before passing it up. To me, McLaren has always been one of those manufactures who I see in science fiction films, with crazy high tech labs, and very little smiling on the production line. McLaren might just look at their 1995 victory, with a stiff upper lip, as a milestone which doesn’t need repeating. But for entertainment’s and motorsport's sake, I hope they seriously reconsider.
Photo courtesy of G24 Studio