Hamilton remote control McLaren video

I’ve had loads of emails and Tweets about this, so if you haven’t seen it yet, here it is:

Brilliant! Thanks to everyone who sent in the tip.

It’s worth remembering Hamilton actually cut his teeth on radio controlled cars before he even got started in karting. I wonder how many other racing drivers got started that way? See the Lewis Hamilton biography for more.

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25 comments on Hamilton remote control McLaren video

  1. tim said on 11th March 2009, 8:50

    There was a BMW advert a while ago with Ralf and Juan-Pablo where they were driving Williams’ cars round a track whilst sitting in the stands if I remember rightly.

    And as for it being real – no chance. The car would have been driven by Gary Paffett or PDLR, wearing bright green overalls and helmet, then a team of Adobe After Effects wizards have edited him out frame-by frame for each scene where the cockpit was in shot.

    I guess with a trip to Maplins and a soldering iron they could conceivably done the first half, although it would be easier to fake it, and have the real controller behind the camera for each take.

    Clever stuff though and convincing…

  2. Chaz said on 11th March 2009, 14:06

    Good to see McLaren maintaining their sense of humour…

  3. Pretty obviously faked, but cool non-the-less…

  4. cool video i particularly liked how they did the onboard camera on the RC car

  5. John R said on 13th March 2009, 19:54

    Cool vid…

  6. YeaMon said on 13th March 2009, 23:19

    That’s a good one. Does anyone know that phone? Is it just an Iphone?

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