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Detailing a Formula 1 Car Is As Finicky As You'd Expect

Brian Silvestro
Photo credit: AMMO NYC - YouTube

From Road & Track

If you know anything about how Formula 1 cars are made, you'll know they use incredibly thin paint. It saves weight, but makes detailing wildly difficult, as Larry Kosilla found out while tending to this 2004 McLaren MP4-19B.

Kosilla was hired to detail this V-10-powered McLaren, driven by David Coulthard in period, before it was put on display for the owner at a dealership event. Fortunately for us, he documented the entire thing, giving us an inside look at the process. Obviously, it's not as simple as using a bucket, some soap, and a power washer.

Because the paint is so thin, Kosilla has to do a good portion of the detail by hand, and constantly check his pad to ensure he wasn't putting too much pressure and damaging the surface. The suspension pieces and swooping body shapes made it difficult to get into some areas, while the numerous scoops, intakes and wings add another layer of complexity. It's no walk in the park, that's for sure. But the end result is, unsurprisingly, a work of art.

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