Christmas has come early! The thing I anticipate more than anything during the off-season is livery launches, and we’ve got one before the year is even over!
Seeing Winterbottom in the Bottle-O machine will take some getting used to, as will be the case with a number of other sponsor and driver changes next season. The car synonymous with David Reynolds will be piloted by Frosty next season, with a big number 1 on the side.
Not many pictures yet, but there are a few changes to the livery from last season. The Bottle-O logo has a nice thick black border this year, after starting 2015 without a border at all. Devil’s Cut is gone as a secondary sponsor, which helps to simplify the livery by removing the extra gold colour. This allows the bonnet to be green, as well as the rims, which is makes quite a big difference. I think I may have preferred the gold rims, but green spokes with a silver outer rim looks very nice.
Don’t have a particularly clear view of the bonnet, but it looks as though Castrol may have added a darker shade of green behind their own logo, which is a real shame. If a two tone green was over the entire car it could have looked nice, but a second shade of green appearing only on the bonnet is just annoying. The car is already green, is your special shade of green really necessary? Apparently yes, says Mr. Marketing Manager of Castrol. I could be wrong though, it may only look like that from the angle of this photo.
The black section is bordered by white and has a matte finish, which is popular these days. It works well, although the faux Falcon design is kind of awkward in its angular and swooping design.
The only thing that really stands out in a bad way is Orrcon Steel. It’s great that Orrcon has supported Winterbottom for all these years, just a shame it matches so poorly with the livery.
In the end, a nice looking car and one we are used to seeing on the grid, just not with this driver inside!