Taking the old Mercedes "silver arrows" moniker to heart, Team McLaren Mercedes' new livery for 2006 is... chrome!

Possibly swayed by Cadillac's "Chrome Couture" fashion show TV commercial for the chrome-festooned 2007 Escalade, McLaren Mercedes have evidently decided to take the next logical step, and chrome the whole car.

Apparently, the new surface coating was developed by McLaren over the past six months and is completely new to Formula 1 (if not to Hot Wheels). No word on whether the team will issue team-spec sunglasses to its pit crew, but it looks like a natural sponsorship opportunity to me!

[Source: Team McLaren Mercedes]

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