What is the sound of one piston slapping?
What is the sound of one piston slapping?

Custom painted Sebastian Vettel themed S-Works Shiv.

Illustration for article titled Triathlete F1 fan custom paints his S-Works Shiv to Redbull/Vettel theme.

According to Specialized via facebook: "So, Aaron came back to us after we knocked the Martini themed Specialized Shiv time trial bike frame out of the park. We have been working on this project for about a year. I was waiting for Aaron to pull together the theme details and we collaborated on the design and the details in this massively complex job. It took us a few days just to decide on a color scheme after we had come up with the design of the lines of the bike. Aaron is a huge motorsports and cycling enthusiest and he is a big Vettel fan. He always would show me the newest Vettel helmet creation and wanted to capture the essence of Vettel's helmet designs onto a bicycle frame, no problem......with a big deep breath we dove into this project. Aaron seemed to be most attracted to Vettel's helmet that had the holographic rainbow pin striping and that was definitely a key feature he wanted on his bike. He asked me if i could chrome the frame and I said it was possible but I didn't know how it would turn out because chroming is a challenge on a helmet let alone a bike frame with all it's surface changes and hard to reach places. I tried to talk him out of it but he wouldn't take no for an answer, so I had to suck it up and just get it done. After the frame was chromed it looked so cool we could have just kept it bare chrome, but we were already invested into painting this crazy design on. We settled on the "scallop" shapes to be a violet fade to shadow chrome with a rainbow flake sparingly sprayed on to tie in with the holographic rainbow pinstripes. Since this is a RedBull design we wanted to have one side of the bike be the reverse colors of the other side, RedBull calls this the rombus. So, we divided those colors being a dark midnight navy blue metallic and a royal blue chrome from side to side. The RedBull logos are hand painted, the sun being rainbow flake over the chrome with a gold candy on top and the bull being a very heavy metal flake with a red candy on top, with the outline on the bull being white paint. There are a lot of other subtle design cues we did like painting the RedBull letters down the seat tube really subtly. We did the years Vettel has won the championship with a wreath around them down the seat tube as well. We also inlayed the Specialized logo on the inside of the front forks and chainstay. This bike is the MOST complex, time consuming, and ambitious thing I have ever painted but I think the results are stellar. This bike will drop jaws to the floor every time he rides it. mission accomplished! I wonder what Aaron is going to think up for me to do on the next one, It will be hard to top this one."

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