Livery Launches – Williams FW40, Red Bull RB13, Toro Rosso STR12 and Haas VF-17

The last cars have been revealed, and boy am I feeling a mixture of emotions!

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Williams revealed their official 2017 livery and yes, it’s the same livery as the last 3 years. The only difference upon my brief inspection is the fact that the stripes have extended onto the giant shark fin. Still don’t hate it, but hopefully this is the last year.

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Red Bull too have predictably given us a near identical livery. However, this livery was superb last season, so I have no problem seeing it back again. Odd that the shark fin is black – perhaps they’re hiding something, because it would make sense to extend the bull. Still wish the bull didn’t have the yellow outline, but oh well.

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They told us it would be different, but I didn’t believe them! Toro Rosso have proven me wrong in the absolute best way – ticking all the boxes on my wishlist. The obnoxious bull is gone ✔ The ugly gold is gone ✔ The dull navy has been changed ✔ There is nothing wrong with this car at first glance. What a lovely blueberry colour, lovely uncomplicated but attractive design (take note McLaren) and the silver bulls and logos are a great touch. Colour me happy.

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Haas started silver last year before making the right move to white for Melbourne. They’ve done the opposite here, opting for an HRT grey which is generally unpleasant. It looks OK here, but on the track it isn’t very nice. Apart from the colour, shark fin and some of the nose, the design in unchanged. The nose is still the weakest part of the design and the colour choice slightly baffles me.

 

Thanks for taking the time to check out my brief launch posts! I look forward to looking at each of these liveries in great detail come the start of the season.

Livery Launches – Williams FW40, Red Bull RB13, Toro Rosso STR12 and Haas VF-17

Livery Launches – Ferrari SF70H & McLaren MCL32

He’s what was revealed to us last night in Fiorano last night:

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At first it looks like a downgrade, but really this is more or less a standard Ferrari livery. The white section is gone from the engine cover, allowing the Scuderia Ferrari logo to be massive. The white has therefore moved to the shark fin, and I think this was a good move, as white on the fin and the engine cover would have been overpowering. Just looks even more cluttered with logos this year.

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Everyone was excited to see that McLaren lived up to their orange hype! It’s a lovely shade (although it looked way too dark at the launch) of orange and I’m glad to see it back. Unfortunately, the design is totally unimaginative. When I design liveries, this is usually my first stage, throwing some shapes on the car and getting inspiration, but looks like McLaren didn’t bother to go any further.

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It ends up looking like a GP3 livery (in fact, that Arden livery is more impressive), or a Virgin Marussia as many have pointed out and while it isn’t ugly, it has a generic, basic quality to it. I feel as though they didn’t put as much effort as they should have into this. The white section on the sidepod could have been expanded to other parts of the car to make it more elaborate. This car is a true nagger.

Livery Launches – Ferrari SF70H & McLaren MCL32

Livery Launch – Force India VJM10 & Mercedes W08

Force India revealed this thing last night:

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What can you really say apart from…ew? As they slowly pulled the sheets back I was initially disappointed, thinking the livery was unchanged. Little did I know it would get worse. The car in now mainly silver but has a totally incoherent design. Half looks like it kinda works while the rest is just awful. Hope they make changes before Melbourne.

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Mercedes on the other hand just released the first pictures of their new livery. Great to see some bright colours on the car this year. I initially thought how wonderful this looked, but I think that feeling is already dissipating. It’s certainly a nice design, but is perhaps a little too heavy on the airbrush. Hopefully it doesn’t get old too quickly. Slightly annoying to see the Petronas logo over the barge board, but that’s down simply to how tiny the sidepods are.

Livery Launch – Force India VJM10 & Mercedes W08

Livery Launch – Renault Sport F1 R.S.17

Renault has revealed it’s 2017 contender:

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The all yellow livery was great last year, but to evolve the livery needed more black, and that’s what they’ve delivered. While I wouldn’t say it’s quite as nice as the 2010 bumblebee livery, it is very pleasant. They’ve stuck with the matte paint and the design is actually very reminiscent of the Mild Seven era liveries, minus the outline and obviously the blue.

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It is quite simple at the end of the day, but that isn’t a bad thing. My biggest gripe with this livery is Castrol. Renault had finally got rid of Total’s (and PDVSA’s) red requirement last year and have now moved on to another oil supplier that won’t conform to a colour scheme.

Up next are Force India, hoping to steal the orange hype away from McLaren!

Livery Launch – Renault Sport F1 R.S.17

Livery Launch – Sauber C36

Disappointing liveries so far: 0/2. Sauber have come out and completely surprised me with this beauty.

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Now I knew that it was going to be blue and white, I’d just hoped that they’d make it a little more interesting than last year. Little did I know something as beautiful as this would be unleashed! A beautiful shade of metallic blue, boldly put alongside fresh, clean white.

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Then to celebrate their 25th F1 anniversary, an elegant gold, reminiscent of the 2012 HRT (but better) in the shape of two (well, four) lines from the nose mounts all the way to the rear wing. I’ll even forgive the pinstripes as they are totally uniform. Unsure about the circle blob take out of the white on the sidepod, but whatever. It even has white rims! It’s a near sponsor-less livery that doesn’t look empty. Mission accomplished.

Livery Launch – Sauber C36

Livery Launch – Williams FW40

So the first livery has been revealed for 2017 and the disappointment has already begun! Williams have given us a rendered preview of the FW40, with an almost identical design as the last three years on the car.

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I have to admit that there are slight differences, namely the stripes on the engine cover not fanning out as they did last year, staying almost uniform in size all the way to the rear. However, this does confirm what I said in last year’s round up:

Williams seem to have a tradition of sticking with the same livery throughout a main sponsor’s time with the team. This meant mainly unchanged Fly Saudia and Rothmans liveries for four years, Compaq/HP for five and Cannon for a solid nine years. If this is anything to go by, we’ve got at least one more year to go, sponsorship contracts permitting.

That said, it still looks nice, although it’s slowly crawling from nice to old and boring. On the other hand, this is just a render, and could only be a placeholder livery. We will have to wait and see!

For those playing at home, did anyone notice the nose looked a little funny? Looks like an S-Duct. Initially I thought someone had screwed up the render skinning, but perhaps this is an aerodynamic element of the car and is actually raised.

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Livery Launch – Williams FW40

Livery Lunches – 2017 Supercars Part 2

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I’ve increased the contrast and saturation in this image, as what has been released so far has been quite washed out. Looks like a lot more white this year after mainly green and black the last few. A nice change!

MEGA Racing

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Brand new sponsor on the grid in Mega Energy, but boy is this livery poor. Horrible colours which don’t go well together (albeit forced by the sponsor logo) and a boring design accentuated by the large uninterrupted white section, leading to a livery that I wouldn’t even expect to see on a struggling Super2 (Development Series) team. How disappointing.

GoGetta Nissan

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LeBrocq will be driving a Nissan in the Super2 series this year and will wildcard in a couple of Supercars rounds. A bright multicoloured livery thanks to GoGetta, but in an undeniably Nissan design. Perhaps one colour too many though.

Harvey Norman Nissan

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Simona will be driving this mainly red Nissan full time this year. Looks pleasant from what we’ve seen so far and again, very Nissan.

Penrite Erebus

during the Liqui Moly Bathurst 12HR, in Bathurst, Australia, February 16, 2017.

A bit of change here for David Reynolds. A lot darker this year with no real design on the side, just a giant Penrite logo. This is accompanied by a busy front section, and boy does the grille trimming look nice. Perhaps could have used a bit more of this trimming along the side, as it almost feels like two seperate liveries on the side and front. The gold looks a little lighter too which is a nice, subtle change.

GB Galvanizing Erebus

during the Liqui Moly Bathurst 12HR, in Bathurst, Australia, February 16, 2017.

A matte grey design, but not a boring one! Quite full on with the different shades of grey, along with red and white forming a livery that wouldn’t be out of place on a modern racing helmet (busy and edgy). The design on the rear vaguely reminds me of Kimi Raikkonen’s helmet.

Garry Rogers Motorsport

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Quite surprised to see GRM stick with the same colours in 2017, as a feel the whole Cyan colour scheme was very closely related to Volvo. That said, a lot more white this time around, and the blue still has significance with GRM’s long standing partner Valvoline.

Freightliner Racing

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Freightliner have also lightened up this year, ditching most of the red and black in favour of white and silver. Looks refreshing at first glance, although the arched top of the Freightliner logo juts away from the shape of the design, which irks me. Will have to assess this further when more pictures are released!

Preston Hire Racing

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A two tone livery here, utilising Canary yellow this year, along with black, in a simple, smart design. Very distinguishable from the Penrite Erebus too which is important. Two thumbs up.

Livery Lunches – 2017 Supercars Part 2

Livery Mockups – 2017 Formula 1 Field

The most exciting part of the year for us livery junkies is just around the corner; F1 launches! Big changes in the regulations mean the cars will look very different, but there’s every chance liveries will be quite different too. With a bunch of driver and sponsor changes, I’m very excited to see what the teams present to us this year.

After last year’s successful post, I’ve decided to get a few other designers from International Motorsports Graphics to draw up their thoughts, and explore liveries from a number different design angles. Thanks for your contributions WhiskyTangoFoxtrot and LiveriesAreTheBest!

Special thanks to StylePixelStudios for the beautiful template and without further ado, here are our 2017 Formula 1 field mockups, followed by a short description from each designer.

Ferrari

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WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot – Knowing that Ferrari is going to get rid of the white part in their livery – which I consider a mistake – I have chosen to keep it in this rather angular design. I have also added a cheeky touch of green to include all the colors of the Italian tricolor.

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LiveriesAreTheBest – I made 2 other takes of what a Ferrari 2017 livery might look like, but this all-red one suits the best, taking inspiration from the 2007 Ferrari. A much different Scuderia Ferrari logo on the engine cover looks somewhat better for me than the original one.

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The Livery Blog – In the 2000s I got sick of the Marlboro/Vodafone white on the Ferraris and ever since, I had an aversion to the combo. This year, however, I discovered that I may have overcome it. Instead of going for black as a secondary colour, which I always thought looked best, I’ve played with distribution of white. Since the rumours in the Italian media (which are often true) say that the white engine cover will be gone, I’ve gone with small sections of white behind the airbox, in front of the cockpit and along the bottom side of the car. I’ve also kept the Italian flag on the airbox, which was a nice touch last year. The red used is also a slightly different hue. The Marlboro Scuderia Ferrari logo will inevitably remain , as will the white wings. That said, perhaps they will try to mimic the black of the 1990 Ferrari. Because emulating and old livery brought them so much success last year.

Force India

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The Livery Blog – I’m not sure how big an investment Johnnie Walker have actually put into Force India, but here I’m assuming they’ll be on the sidepods. I’ve taken inspiration from the Force India liveries of 2009/10 which I really liked and applied swooping bright green and orange lines along the car, but with a black base, in line with their current image.

So what if Johnnie Walker had a beefy sponsorship and decided to promote one of their brands?

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My alternative is a Johnnie Walker Black Label livery. I’ve tried my best to minimise the JPS/Renault/Lotus resemblance but the similarities can’t really be avoided. I’ve used the bottle label on the sidepod, a design I’ve always been a fan of, so no real need to mess with it. On the rest of the car, I’ve used two different shades of gold, a lighter shade on the logos and shape outlines, with a darker shade half filling those shapes. These colours just work incredibly well together.

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LiveriesAreTheBest – This one is inspired by Force India’s 2008 testing livery. Silver/orange at the front and orange/green at the back.

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WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot – For Force India, I have created a very straight-lined design that attempts to have a place for each one of their many minor sponsors. The old combination of orange, white and green has replaced their predominantly black-and-silver designs of recent years.

Haas

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WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot – I made the American flag an integral part of the design on the Haas car while creating a splatter-based design using their old color scheme, only changing the shade of the red to match that of the Stars and Stripes.

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LiveriesAreTheBest – Haas’ 2016 livery was with grey as main colour, but why not shuffle up these three colours? Red was the eventual pick as the base colour.

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TheLiveryBlog – I have to start by saying Haas’ current livery is great and I’d be happy to see it retained for another year. That said, I’ve tried to use their current colours in a new way. With the fondly remembered Compaq/HP Williams cars in mind, I’ve placed a flat design of alternating black, grey and red over multiple surfaces of the car. This is only interrupted by white sections on the ‘top’ surfaces of the car. I’ve used red as a highlight, placing it on the top edges of the car (engine cover, wings and mirrors), as well as extra accents on the nose and headrest. Only issue for Haas at the moment is the lack of sponsorship, so a complex design is required to stop the car looking empty.

Manor

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TheLiveryBlog – Although Manor are unlikely to race at this point, I’ve decided to make a livery anyway. Whilst the livery is similar to 2016, I’ve slightly altered the colours, going with a lighter blue and a brighter orange. I’ve also gone with white alone as a third colour (no black), using a major chunk of it along the side of the car which I feel brightens the livery a little. The logo on the engine cover remains, which looked great last year. However, I wouldn’t be disappointed to see the 2016 livery used again, which was a fan favourite…should they race 😦

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LiveriesAreTheBest – It’s sad that we won’t see Manor on the grid…

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WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot – Without an idea of who their drivers and sponsors will be – and whether we’ll see them on the grid at all – I created a swirly flame design for Manor with last year’s sponsors and color scheme.

McLaren

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WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot – I still want to see an orange McLaren! As I feel like they will not have a main sponsor once again, I have just used McLaren, placing it in something of an awkward place for the benefit of the design. The orange part is meant to be pearlescent.

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TheLiveryBlog – Before all the orange speculation, I reverted back to 2015. I always loved the sparkly black colour seen on the majority of the McLaren that started the year. I’ve used this over the whole car, whilst retaining the dayglo design on top of the sidepods. I’ve also added a thin dayglo trimming on the entire side following the nose and engine cover, outlining the car and contrasting well with the sparkly black (which I may have put a bit too much blue hue in).

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However, the orange McLaren hype is real! So this design features a lot of the paler orange seen in the 70s, along with the current charcoal colour which I’m totally indifferent about. It’s a bit of a mish mash in my opinion, but Ron is gone so who knows what we might see next year. Perhaps it will be entirely orange?

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LiveriesAreTheBest – I also made two other takes of a McLaren 2017 livery, but following the latest news that McLaren may go orange this year, I decided to make this all-orange version.

Mercedes

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TheLiveryBlog – For the second year in a row I’ve decided to throw caution to the wind for my Mercedes deisgn. I’ve cut down on silver again and included a lot of black and Petronas turquoise, the latter in thick strips along the engine cover, sidepods, rear wing end plates and wrapping over the nose. The silver is in two distinct sections, one engulfing the cockpit and the other the rear of the car. While there’s zero hope of this being even remotely similar to the 2017 livery, you can’t let the man get you down.

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LiveriesAreTheBest – I actually do like Mercedes’ 2016 livery, but why not add some more turquoise to the livery? This is what it could look like with a black “Vodafone McLaren-ish” sidepod.

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WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot – For Mercedes, I have just created a simple design of swirly stripes while brightening the background color to almost white.

Red Bull

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WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot – Keeping Red Bull’s combination of matte black and bright red that was introduced last year, I have created a splatter design hoping to make it seem more aggressive, playful and exciting.

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TheLiveryBlog – I’ve stuck fairly close to last year’s livery, which was my favourite of the 2016 field. The major changes here are the removal of the Total red on the wings, extension of the thin red line to the end of the sidepods and removal of the Bull’s yellow outline, which I felt made the car look a little unbalanced, considering the Red Bull text didn’t have an outline. Another addition is having the cockpit all in yellow, which gives me happy Sauber 1999 vibes.

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LiveriesAreTheBest – Nothing slightly different compared to RBR’s 2016 livery. Couldn’t think of anything else.

Renault

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LiveriesAreTheBest – Inspired by the classic Renault liveries from the 1980’s. Replaced the Total logo with BP following the announcement that they will use BP/Castrol fuel.

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WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot – A plain yellow car has its merits, but that would not be very rewarding to create. Thus, a traditionally colored Renault with the addition of white in a swooping design.

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TheLiveryBlog – I struggled a little with the Renault, because I don’t think it will be as plain this year. I’ve added three main black sections; straight along the top edge of the engine cover, wrapping over the nose, and in the very rear of the sidepods (as well as the wings). These black sections are outlined by three shortening strips of reflective gold.

Sauber

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TheLiveryBlog – After some pleasant emails with Sauber last year, where they explained the process behind the design of their livery and that their team colours are blue and white, I’ve designed a livery using a pleasantly vibrant blue with white the only other colour, assuming no major sponsors are coming on board this year. I’ve kept the design minimal, with just five white lines strategically placed across the car. There is one major white section, on the top of the nose, giving some significant contrast to the abundance of blue on the car and is a subtle design throwback to arguably my favourite all time livery.

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WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot – Please do not adjust your computer screens – this car is not supposed to have color. With the withdrawal of Banco de Brasil, one can only guess what the 2017 livery will look like. Nonetheless, this one draws inspiration from their 1994 livery and upgrades Silanna to the position of main sponsor – of course, this could be any company.

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LiveriesAreTheBest – I decided to make a new take on the Sauber so this one is plain metallic blue.

Toro Rosso

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LiveriesAreTheBest – I seriously can’t think of a super-cool Toro Rosso livery so I made this one. Just a “blank” livery with a big bull they used from 2006 to 2008. This one is based off of my 2016 Toro Rosso concept.

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TheLiveryBlog – Every year we labour to make nice STR liveries and every year we are left discouraged. Inevitable disappointment aside, this year I’ve added a whole bunch of white to the livery. The engine cover (where the cartoon Bull has once again been removed) features a Red Bull can style background, breaking up the navy blue. The gold used is a little lighter whilst the red has been nudged a notch or two lighter. The Red Bull logo on the sidepod sits on a large white section which is pointed at the tip. There are also large white sections on the bottom and on top of the nose/cockpit. Each of these white sections feature a fade to gold.

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WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot – I’ll admit that I have no idea how to design a livery for STR. However, I am getting tired of the dark colors of their liveries, so I totally changed it. Also, seeing how they have previously used gold in their design elements, I made it into one of the main colors to create a unique color scheme that sets them apart from the other teams.

Williams

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WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot – Just another Martini design, nothing else.

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TheLiveryBlog – Finally, I’ve gone a little retro with Williams. As I’ve mentioned before, a fourth year of a nearly identical Martini livery would be too much. This time I’ve used straight horizontal lines and a retro logo harking back to the Martini liveries of the 70s. The Martini stripes extend to the wings and straight along the top of the nose. A welcome change in my opinion!

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LiveriesAreTheBest – Same opinion as the Toro Rosso, so I ended up making this. This one is inspired by the 2008-2010 Williams liveries.

So that’s it for another year. Would love to get people’s thoughts and opinions, so let us know what you think! Here’s to some lovely liveries this season.

Livery Mockups – 2017 Formula 1 Field

Livery Launches – 2017 Supercars Part 1

The first few teams have come out to play in 2017, and have unveiled the liveries their cars will be racing in for the new season. Will keep these launch posts brief, elaborating further in the entire field reviews.

Red Bull Holden Racing Team

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Triple Eight have taken inspiration from Red Bull Racing F1, using matte paint but looking a little messy with the addition of Holden.

TeamVortex

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A new adaptation this year with a lot more white and a textured teal.

Team CoolDrive

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The opposite for CoolDrive, with less white and a deeper blue as a main colour. A step down at first viewing.

Tekno

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Will miss the orange of the STIX livery, as we have another red and black car on the grid, but you can’t blame Woodstock. Not too bad, albeit a little generic. The black Woodstock logo on the bonnet irks me.

Walkinshaw Racing

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Mean looking black matte livery here, but the pin stripes along with the solid sections next to them annoy me the same way they did on the 2016 Ferrari. Mobil 1 is huge and too slanted? Surely it could have been integrated a little better.

DJR Team Penske

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The Shell livery was one of their best last year, so I’m happy to see it return. However, they got a lot of people’s hopes up when they released their livery shortlist, disappointing a few with their decision. White bonnet is gone which makes the livery look darker, although the shade of red may also be a little deeper.

Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport

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This will be a one off which is a shame! Nice bright white accompanied by a brilliant purple and vibrant red. A slightly retro look without feeling too generic.

Livery Launches – 2017 Supercars Part 1