During World War I, ships were painted in zebra stripes to deceive the enemy. The effectiveness of this “dazzle” camouflage was never quite clear, but a new study suggests that these zigzag patterns can be quite deceptive when they move.
Gather ‘round, boys and girls, because it’s time for Uncle Doug to answer your pressing automotive questions in his weekly column, Letters to Doug.
In 2009, the 5 Series Gran Turismo was the first of BMW’s sedan/coupe/SUV mutants to hit dealerships and poke us in the eye. But the development mules were even uglier.
In the early days of modern warfare, ships protected themselves from German U-boats with wild, eye-catching painted patterns called dazzle. The military moved on to new forms of camo decades ago, but for carmakers, dazzle is still the best way to protect prototype cars from being photographed.
The general idea behind visual camouflage, which is to make distinctive, recognizable shapes difficult to pick out against a background, was nothing new in 1914. The point of camouflage isn't necessarily to make oneself totally invisible, which isn't practical for a large army.
Camouflaging a prototype may look easy (ie. slapping on some camouflage and bob's your uncle), but it's actually very complicated. Wrapping the car too much might affect its aerodynamics and performance, wrapping too less might reveal the cars design. Automakers face this problem with every new model they come up…
Modern day car camouflage has become a work of art. Warhol would be stimulated by the blending of elaborate shapes and lines all overlaid in order to disguise the design that lies beneath. Can you ID the brands behind the camo?
We seem to agree on that the McLaren P1 XP1s have the best camouflage ever applied to a prototype, and while some of you argue that it's unnecessary since we've all seen the car already, the reason for it is very simple: development mules are getting the worst treatment you can imagine, and McLaren simply wants to…
I hope you're not as easily fooled as I am because I totally missed the two F-16s in this picture. I have an excuse! I was totally looking at the left hand side of the picture. And the picture I saw was really small! Like thumbnail-sized!
Few would accuse anyone who drives a super car like the Ferrari 458 of wanting to blend into the crowd. It is perhaps only appropriate then that covering a 458 with camouflage inside and out serves to make the already attention grabbing car stick out even more.
Are you a spy with a James Bond mission and a Mr. Bean budget? The camera-equipped and electric-powered Terrestrial Shrub Rover is the "car" for you. Why? It's disguised as a well-manicured shrub.
Little trucks are cool. Painting your mini truck camo is cool. Being named Skeet is cool. But selling your camo truck for under a grand and having it appear on Nice Price or Crack Pipe means you're the ice man.
You never know where the next automotive fad may originate, but the Principality of Monaco should be able to lay claim to this sure-fire Next Big Thing: reticle-equipped camouflage Mercedes-Benz station wagons! Longtime reader Deckard spotted this W210 wagon, put two and two together, and came up with what we think is…
Last we saw a 2009 BMW 7-Series prototype, it had the typical plastic body cladding, missing decals and blacked-out everything. This time, the lads at World Car Fans managed to get their hands on the new 7-series done up in perhaps the most creative camouflage we've yet seen (though we have to wonder if this is the…