It serves as a cheap camoflage by breaking up the lines of the car and make them harder for your eye to track and thus harder for people to get a grasp of the true styling of the car.ChrisTO said:what's with the tape...
I think you may be on to something...maybe thats the ultimate purpose of all those funny lines and creases has has designed into all the new models. Its a new form of subtle urban camoflage!ChrisTO said:maybe Chris Bangle's new job could be coming up with camoflage designs.
Great explanation! It sure works here too..! Should be a cool car when it comes out.Desertnate said:
It serves as a cheap camoflage by breaking up the lines of the car and make them harder for your eye to track and thus harder for people to get a grasp of the true styling of the car.
Camoflage military uniforms work the same way. Those splotchy patterns of browns and greens do more than just "make you look like a tree" from a coloring standpoint. The human eye is attracted to straight lines and edges so those patterns serve to break up the straight lines and the shape of the person. I have been standing still in vegitation in my BDU's and had people walk by close enough for me to stick my M-16 barrel up their nose and they never saw me!
Same principle applies with the tape. In fact, the pattern they used on that Merc looks a lot like pattern the Allies (esp. the Brittish) used on thier battle ships during WWII so that they would be harder to spot on the open seas.