UPDATE: Modernized McLaren F1 Looks Like All The Hypercar We Need

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It was March 31, 1998 when the McLaren F1 climbed all the way to 240.1 mph, setting a new world record for the fastest production car, with this remaining untouched for well over a decade - as of 2017, the Woking icon remains the fastest atmospheric production car, at least until somebody decides to skip the forced induction hardware dominating the field these days.
If we zoom in on the details that helped the British missile achieve the said velocity, things only get more impressive. However, we're here for a different purpose, namely to check out a rendering that portrays a modernized incarnation of the McLaren F1.

Now, before we get to the details of the virtual build, here's the answer: this is how heroes train. What's the question? Well, it would be only normal for one to wonder about the reason for rendering such a creation.

You see, the digital artist behind this is Ashley Livingston Thorp. Born in 1983, the American aficionado is a graphic designer, illustrator and creative director whose experience includes efforts for titles such as Prometheus, X-Men: First Class and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, among others.

In fact, we talked about Thorp's work almost a month ago today, since he is probably the main creative force behind the muscle car-like Batmobile we'll get to see in the now-coronavirus-delayed The Batman (the movie was supposed to premiere on June 25, 2021).

Returning to the time-traveling F1, the Macca uses plenty of elements from its GTR racing version, while adding quite a bit of extra spice. For one, the headlights seem to be borrowed from a Pagani, while that complex rear wing is the kind you see on contemporary hypercars.

Oh, and let's not forget the Turbofan wheels, which suck air from under the vehicle, generating downforce and cooling the brakes - in case the solution sounds familiar, it might be because we've recently seen this on the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport.

The said artist has come up with a complex visual tale, as you'll notice by using the swipe feature of the Instagram post below, with his motivational message being equally precious. Oh, and if you're willing to find out more about the path used to create this realistic 3D renderings, make sure to also zoom in on the second post below.

Update:Those of you seeking extra angles for this F1 shenanigan will be thrilled to find out the posterior view has now been released and you'll find this in the third post below.

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Having some fun on the off hours relearning octane and trying to keep my cgi skills sharp each day. It’s an endless learning curve that can be somewhat mentally debilitating but totally worth it at the same time. The one key thing that I am learning is that it’s all about finding what works for you and your goals and sticking to a daily plan of growth and progress. I decided to build out my version of a classic icon car and use this as a test to further my abilities and knowledge inside the node systems of octane to build photo real shaders. Most of you will ask/wonder... why not vray, why not redshift, why not Arnold... truth is, I’m learning this now and plan to learn them all as time goes on. They are all tools, they don’t define me as a creative. Lots of mistakes and lessons learned on this one but it’s all a journey and I wanted to share :). Hope everyone is healthy and being resourceful during these very odd times. If you can afford it... take this time to better yourself by sharpening your skills :) . . . . . #alphatauri #williamsf1 #mclaren #mclarenauto #redshift #formulauno #automotive #mdcommunity #danielricciardo #mclarensenna #octanerenderer #projectcar #substancepainter #formulaone #b3d #racecar #enzoferrari #rwd #arnoldrender #redshift3d #charlesleclerc #carswithoutlimits #renaultf1 #motionmood #f1 #3dmodeling #maxonc4d #mclarenf1 #cgi #formula1

A post shared by Ash Thorp (@ashthorp) on Mar 31, 2020 at 8:20am PDT

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Closer! Realized that the scale of the roughness and bump maps are a bit off but it’s all a learning curve. I did just learn the falloff node which will allow me to simulate surface dirt or directional debris which is going to be great to implement in future renders. Never ending learning. For those that ask, I get my base models off Turbosquid, I compile and model/augment in Cinema4D and then I rendered these in Octane. It’s a long process but that’s the price paid to climb the mountain of photorealism :). . . . . . #f1 #formula1 #xuxoe #mclarensenna #paganizonda #formulaone #otoy #mdcommunity #3dartist #mgcollective #huayraroadster #c4drender #renderzone #octanerenderer #b3d #redshift #mclarenf1 #cinema4dart #mclarenauto #cgi #renderoftheday #charlesleclerc #formulauno #huracanevo #zonda #3drender #alphatauri #ferrarilaferrari #mclaren #3dfordesigners

A post shared by Ash Thorp (@ashthorp) on Apr 1, 2020 at 1:46pm PDT

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I never get tired of a rear lower 3/4 view of a super car. Especially this one :). Here is another look at my ALT - F1. One of the big challenges with this study is making the scale of the car still feel real world. When you make a car the colors our minds typically see on children’s toys it’s hard to break that but that’s a fun challenge. I put a bit of time pushing my texture abilities to achieve a result I was ok with sharing. I’m never really satisfied and always pulling things apart. That’s the fun part (at least that’s what I tell myself) on a serious note, I hope everyone is doing ok during this very very odd time in our history. I posted a Q&A in my stories addressing working from home and possibly sharing things I have learned over the years of working remotely. Hope these help and I hope you are all healthy and keeping productive. Learn new things and share your passions with the world! :). Until next time... . . . . . #sebastianvettel #gsgdaily #fastcars #ferrari #mclaren #mclarensenna #formulauno #formule1 #c4dart #formula1 #3drender #f1 #otoy #becauseracecar #c4d #astonmartin #octane #koenigsegg #lykanhypersport #octanerender #mdcommunity #redshift #cinema4d #dailyrender #racecar #maxon #hypercars #mclaren720s #xuxoe #mograph

A post shared by Ash Thorp (@ashthorp) on Apr 11, 2020 at 2:21pm PDT

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