Automotive Art Top 5
F1 cars are a heedy mix of raw power, functionality and sometimes they are just downright sexy. The Best Looking (modern) F-1 car? There has been a lot of F-1 cars since the 1970's most of which just kicked aesthetics in the face. Then every once in a while a designer manages to overcome the influences of the engineering department and pops out a beautiful design. We know it when we see it to, in fact, I cannot think of a gorgeous F1 car that failed to deliver victory. So here are my Top Five F1 (modern) cars.
#5 The Wof WR1 Chassis
I named this car #5 because of it's livery quite frankly. Also it's low and lithe form and it's colour sceme is quite eye catching. I always remeber it being black and gold but it is really a dark sea blue with gold piping and stripes. It really looks modern by even today's standards.
#4 The BT45 Alfa Romeo Brabham
As a child I drew a lot of F1 cars and this front nose design was a major component that influenced many of my drawings. It livery also was visually appealing and timeless in nature. The Martini logs just makes me think Southern Italy .....sunning in a quiet villa at Marina di Camerota ; lounging around eating fruit and drinking what else but Martini & Rossi champagne.Hmmm ; somewhere in there I grew up.
#3 The Ferrari 312 T2
The 312T2 is perhaps one of my most memorable Ferrari's but it's also is associated with the horror of the crash at Germany in 1976. This is the later version with smaller air ducts and I think ,while it made it more modern, the full size ducts were more pleasing to the eye. It just looks viscous sitting there. The moment you see it you automatically think Ferrari. So it has to be good then doesn't it? That was a rhetorical question.
#2 The 641 Ferrari
Some guy named Steve Nichols designed this gorgeous thing. It to scream's Ferrari. It has soft flowing lines of an Iitalian porn star and hard chisled features of a Michelangelo sculpture. It has an almost monochrome nature of either red for the body work or black for the mechanical; it just visually makes sense and soothes the eyes while quickening the pulse.
#1 The Lotus 79 Just win baby!
Colin Chapman designed this stallion and I would have to say as much as Ferrari lent the world in automotive art Mr. Chapman floored the lads at Maranello with the design of the Lotus 79. Low and slinky and drop dead georgeous in it's flowing black and gold skin tight evening gown it just screams drive me! Slow developing lines dropping off with sharp angles ,was and still is, just show stopping. I think JPS marketing had done their job to because I tend to associate those smokes with the "high life". I would probably be smoking one while I was in Southern Italy drinking Italian champagne. The only problem is I never have smoked.