The hand-painted CLK is a masterpiece.
A Lewis Hamilton fan has produced a striking piece of artwork on a Mercedes to commemorate the British driver's success.
With a fifth title recent wrapped up by Hamilton, taking him to joint second on the all-time list equal with fellow Mercedes legend Juan Manuel Fangio and just two behind Michael Schumacher, Paul Karslake set to work on transforming a 2002 CLK into the ultimate moving mural.
"I just love the livery on Lewis’ Formula 1 car," said Karslake. "that started the whole thing off."
"This right-hand-drive, 5-litre CLK 500 was the ideal weapon to base it on, but it looked a little conservative, so I thought I'd go to town on it. After all, it is a sporty avant garde version," he said.
The painted car sports a livery similar to those used by the Mercedes F1 team since Hamilton and Mercedes' run of success began in 2014. The artwork also depicts an image of Hamilton, along with a airbrushed Union Flag – a Karslake trademark – on the car's bonnet.
Karslake completed the artwork with the award-winning airbrush skills he is known for, as well as a few hand painted touches, and added six layers of lacquer to protect the finished artwork from the elements.
But it wasn't just a dramatic paint job that was applied to the car, a host of other modifications have also been added, including Cosmis Racing alloy wheels; lowered Bilstein suspension; a custom-built performance exhaust, and ECU remap.
The addition of the full bodykit and a specially-designed rear spoiler before I started added nicely to the look I wanted to achieve, but there are also some serious tweaks hiding beneath the surface," said the artist. "It's a brilliant fun car to drive.
Now this one-of-a-kind car is heading to auction. The car will go up for sale in the specialist Historics auction at Mercedes-Benz World at the former Brooklands Circuit in Surrey on November 24, where it is expected to fetch between £20,000-25,000.