So back to the topic of this thread...is this the P14 or not?? To me the photos of the car on the road (taken from behind the barrier) seem of car thats nearly finished and without much disguise.
The car at the airport is wearing a lot of disguise and different wheels. So are they the same car? Must say that i prefer the look/stance of the airport car.
That is the question isnít it? It may or may not be, but for what itís worth, I tend to believe this is an unintended glimpse at an undisguised car. For it to be anything else (which, I admit, is possible), the following had to happen:
1. McLaren had to reject the traditional method of teasing a new car
With a conventionally camouflaged car, everyone knows the deal. The maker is saying to the public: here are some pictures to tease you; weíre not willing to show you the finished product yet, but we will give you some hints while doing our best to keep you guessing. This model of marketing discourages the public from making a final judgment on the productóthere simply isnít enough information to do so, and everyone knows that. This is a win-win situation: the manufacturer hasnít misled anyone since design revisions are inevitable, and the publicís curiosity is piqued.
2. McLaren instead decided to tease a new car by building a convincing decoy that looks like an uncamoflaged test car
In this scenario, if certain posts are to be believed, McLaren fabricated a decoy car to look like an uncamoflaged prototype. This has, understandably and predictably, invited the public and the press to judge the product and reach conclusions on its design. And why wouldnít itóif you think you are looking at an uncamoflaged prototype, thereís no reason not to evaluate the car. On the other hand, if certain posts are to be believed, behind the scenes McLaren is trying to assure people that this isnít what the P14 will look like. So if this was the strategy, that strategy was apparently was to trick people into believing this was the car and then immediately try to undo that perception. Under what circumstances is this rational? To mislead and confuse people, then engage in a whisper campaign to walk it back.
Also, if this was the strategy, McLaren had to decide it wanted people to judge the company and the product on the basis of a decoy. That would be bonkers. If someone loved the design, you risk making them feel like McLaren pulled a bait and switch when the real design is revealed. If someone decides the design isnít his cup of tea, you risk pushing that person to make purchasing decisions based on a decoy.