The element of surprise is a very useful thing in motorsport, when it comes to power or setup or simply taking avantgarde lines through corners – and this extends to liveries too. The oh-so-retro BASF circles design is one of the all-time greats simply because it’s such a headf*ck for everyone else on track. You can totally put everyone else off simply by making your car look like a cross between a Magic Eye picture and something from a kid’s Spirograph. This startling design debuted on Hans Stuck’s BMW M1 Procar back in 1981, and it did an amazing job of making the wedge-shaped supercar look like it was all sorts of different shapes depending on which angle you looked at it from. Eagle-eyed scene kids may remember Elliott from sister-mag Performance VW wrapping his Audi A4 Avant in this livery a few years back; we reckon now’s the time to crack out this design on a smaller car, something like a Fiat 500 or an Audi A1, to really accentuate those trippy swirling circles.