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McLaren's stunning light painting
Nov 9, 2012, 11:17 AM

F1 fans will be familiar with the way that aerodynamicists explore air flow lines over a car, working with wind tunnels but also at circuits with f...

F1 fans will be familiar with the way that aerodynamicists explore air flow lines over a car, working with wind tunnels but also at circuits with flo-viz paint, to see how the air passes over a car.

But here is something which takes the exploration of aerodynamic lines to a new - almost artistic - level. It's a 'light painting', done on the McLaren P1 and I have to say I'd love to see this treatment done on an F1 car.

Here is what the artists who did the light painting, MarshmallowLaserFeast, and James Medcraft, had to say about it.

"Light painting has been around for decades but has never been put into full motion. Until now.

"Working with McLaren we were able to process their wind tunnel airflow data and score out paths for individual trails of light. Each frame was then sliced into 650 frames that represent depths of 3D space and a plasma screen, mounted on a motion control rig, was used as a 3D light printer to play back the 650 slices as it moved through the space. We then repeated the move a thousand times for each frame of the animation and with each frame the camera, mounted on another motion control rig, moved a few millimeters so that over the course of the shoot we were able to create the effect of a moving camera.

The finished film merges photography, animation and sculpture and is a truly unique way of representing aerodynamics."

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