These futuristic McLarens would sport an all-wheel drive electric hybrid system, much like the cars of today in some respects, "But with the power being pushed through all four wheels in low speed turns for controlled power output," Dearsley adds, "and therefore great traction out of bends, with power delivered through the rear via a good sounding V8, like old times: if it isn't broke, don't try and fix it."
About the body design, the artist explains that it's "purposefully primitive, to punch a non turbulent flow of air out the rear and boost overtaking opportunities. In return, it would have unpredictable results within heavy breaking and overtaking maneuvers, to the delight of onlookers."
The McLaren MP4/4 that these designs pay homage to is one of the most dominant F1 cars of all time, thanks to its supreme technical qualities and the endless talent of team drivers Senna and Prost. In the 1988 season, the car claimed victories and pole positions at all races except one, the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
Dearsley is not too fond of current F1 car designs: "With the current set of regulations too much of the car and its design are dictating the pace of a race. Drivers don't seem like they are laying down their heart and soul each weekend anymore, they seem fearful of overtaking or remaining close to the car in front due to tire wear and so on. It isn't an exciting thing to watch, which is a shame as we have some real legends out on the track right now, unable to show their race craft fully."
About his creative process, Dearsley explains: "I had a rough idea in my head of what I wanted to achieve, I got these ideas down in 3D space as fast and rough as possible, using mood boards put together from several MP4/4 images. Once the design was fully fleshed out in basic shape and form, believe it or not, I scrapped all my references and just let the design grow by itself."
Having a background in video game design on such franchises as Star Wars, Crysis and Alien Isolation, the futuristic look of these cars came as standard for the artist: "I knew these would have a sci-fi feel to it, I've done nothing but sci-fi work for several years now and wanted an injection of this into final output."