I saw my first iteration of the Specialized Venge in the wind tunnel over a year ago. It was a big deal to shoot today's launch, not only to see all the hard work and scientific research pay off for my friends at Specialized, but to see the initial product of a special partnership with McLaren unveiled. The McLaren Venge will be raced for the first time this weekend at Milan San Remo. Three riders on each of Specialized's three pro teams (HTC, Astana and Saxo Bank) will have them. Cavendish, Renshaw, Eisel and Vino among the nine.
The McLaren facility is awe inspiring. The architecture "surfaces" from the landscape and flows along the edge of an enormous cooling pond for the wind tunnel within. Every facet of the building speaks to the companies engineering and championship pedigree. No detail, fastener, strut, surface, material, texture, lighting, interaction, or behavior is left to chance. A stable of storied McLaren cars sits poised as if to race again on the grand McLaren "boulevard" inside. A legion of engineers and designers stand behind those cars in work spaces, labs and offices as spotless and engineered as the cars themselves.
There's more to tell about this amazing experience but for now enjoy a handful of my images from the assignment.