Livery of the Day – The Bottle-O Racing Team Falcon FG/X

David Reynolds - Race 1 - 2015 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix - Setup

How about a current livery?

Unlike the recent seasons of bland grey and silver liveries in other championships such as Formula 1, the V8 Supercars championship has been treated with all sorts of vibrant colours.

David Reynolds is driving his 4th season in the #55 car for Rod Nash Racing, which is dressed in one of the most distinct liveries on the grid. I can’t think of another racing car that has sported a green as bright as this. Thanks to main sponsor The Bottle-O, the team has a bright and vibrant green to work with as a main colour. They’ve also had to work secondary sponsor Devil’s Cut into the livery, which brings black and gold into the frame. This results in a two tone design; mostly green, with black covering the hood, some of the rear bumper and side window areas.

David Reynolds - Practice - 2015 Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint - Setup

The design itself is still FPR inspired; not fully departed from the falcon design on the livery a few years back. It features lovely sweeping curves and sharp points, with all the black areas bordered by gold trim and then shadowed by similar white areas. Gold is used sparingly, with the inside of the rear wing endplates and the rims being the exceptions. It’s an intricate design without being clumsy or too busy. It’s an aggressive livery which matches the similarly aggressive looking body shape of the car.

If anything hurts the livery, it’s the Hog’s Breath Café logo. It doesn’t fit the livery at all, but then again, I think any designer would be hard pressed to make it look as though it belonged. Unless it was a team’s main sponsor and could dictate the design and colour scheme, I can’t imagine that Hog’s Breath Café would ever look good on a racing car.

Bottle-O 3

It’s a nice looking livery and one that unambiguously promotes The Bottle-O, something that sponsors pay good money for and which many don’t get.

Livery of the Day – Prost AP02

Prost 1

Piloted by Frenchman Olivier Panis and Italian Jarno Trulli, the AP02 was every bit as lackluster as its predecessor. As much as it disappointed on the track in terms of results, it very much delivered in the visual department.

Prost maintained its Gauloises sponsorship in 1999 (the transition from Gitanes to Gauloises sponsorship in 1996 had been seamless) and in turn the car carried on the blue colour, which had adorned the French team’s cars since the very beginning, as Ligier in the 70’s. This year, however, it was a deeper, metallic shade of blue. The choice of this stunning colour sets the car up as a winner from the very beginning.

Prost 3

A new addition to the livery were black front and rear wings, which added a touch of class and set it apart from former Prost and Ligier liveries. New Total sponsorship meant some red flashes on the nose and mirrors, which added a much needed kick of vibrancy to the livery and yet remained relatively subtle. Total have since forgotten the meaning of subtlety. Bic remained on the car and the deep yellow still worked very well with the blue and somehow didn’t clash too harshly with the Total red.

The livery design itself was incredibly simple. Blue body, black wings, red mirrors. A design this simple is either hit or miss and this time around, it is very much a hit. Simple and uncomplicated, yet it doesn’t look lazy, which would be easy to do with this style of livery.

Prost 2

Overall, this livery is incredibly attractive to me. Something about the deep metallic blue, the black wings and the splash of red. It screams class and that is how I like my liveries.