Livery Update – Force India VJM10

Pink!So who expected this? Not only have Force India changed their awful livery, it’s the most uncommon colour in Motorsport. Pink!

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The new colour is thanks to new main sponsor BWT, who have history with the colour in DTM. The design is almost identical to before, however, being pink all over as opposed to half silver and black is a huge improvement, clashing less with the dark pink lines. This, along with the new lines on the sail work way better. However, the silver still looks terrible. It’s too close a shade to the pink and clashes badly. It’s far from a perfect livery, but who knows what will change by Melbourne. More bubbles perhaps?

I’m just glad to see that the livery has changed and that we now have such a unique colour in F1. We’re set for the most colourful grid in 15 years!

Livery Update – Force India VJM10

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 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 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

Livery Launches – Mahindra, NextEV & Venturi Formula E and KTM MotoGP

So things are starting to warm up with the new Formula E season under two months away. Mahindra has shown its hand, presenting its new livery and driver pairing of Nick Heidfeld and Felix Rosenqvist.

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Mahindra did the awesome thing of putting their 2016-17 livery up to their fans. The made a shortlist of 14 fan made liveries and decided on this one, made by Adra Haro Jorba of Spain, which just happened to be my pick of the bunch too.

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A lovely unique design, split pretty evenly between red and white, with red lines of varying width all over the car. I’d also like to note that I don’t mind the new front wing introduced this season. Adds a bit of personality to what was a very bland and generic open wheeler for the first two seasons.

NextEV 16-17

NextEV had a brilliant livery last season, so whilst having a similar design, I can’t help but feel the metallic, slightly darker shade of blue is a bit of a downgrade. Nice carbon touches though, so I’ll wait until round one before giving my full judgement! Nelson Piquet Jr. and Oliver Turvey have been retained by the team.

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Venturi is another team that has launched its new livery, along with new driver Maro Engel, who will be joining Stéphane Sarrazin.

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Despite still being mainly black, the livery has changed rather significantly. There are two red bands, one red and one blue, on the end of the sidepods, which are an interesting design choice for a single seater, but not much else. It gave me instant FC Basel vibes for understandable reasons, but at the same time, Basel invokes different memories for some when it comes to Motorpsort. Perhaps a story for another day…

KTM 2017 2

KTM will be stepping up to the premier class for the first time next season and have launched the bike and livery they will be racing with. Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaró will be riding the machine which quite frankly, isn’t far off what I had expected. It takes a lot of inspiration from their Moto3 bikes, with the navy blue for Red Bull and orange of course for KTM, which might I add is a favourite colour combination of mine.

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The bike will make its debut in Valencia this year, which has been tested this year by Mika Kallio, Alex Hofmann and Randy De Puniet.

Livery Launches – Mahindra, NextEV & Venturi Formula E and KTM MotoGP

Livery Launches – Preston Hire Racing, Prodrive, GRM and LDM

I’ve been a little busy, so here are four new liveries that I’ve missed!

Preston Hire Racing

This is the new Preston Hire Racing (Charlie Schwerkolt Racing) livery. A whole lot more yellow as it was kinda of dull and grey last season. Nice and bright, with plenty of edges to complicate the livery without causing it to be too messy. Fuchs sticks out like a sore thumb with colours that don’t suit the livery at all, but that can’t exactly be avoided. I like it and it will stand out, but hopefully we don’t get it mixed up with the next one.

Prodrive

Supercheap Auto have left Holden and jumped on the Prodrive bandwagon. The new livery is not unlike the 2015 one, being mainly yellow, but with much less red and black as the new secondary colour. It has a nice edgy tear effect and the colours allow for the rest of the sponsors to fit in well with the colour scheme. I have to say I’m a little disappointed that there’s no purple on the car.

LDM

Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport is one of the few teams running the same livery on both cars. Funnily enough, it does bare a resemblance to the other team doing this, HRT. A lovely shade of orange, complemented with blue black and silver. The SP Tools logo is massive on the side of the car, so they’d be happy about that. Solid design nice, but perhaps Coca Cola could have been white on the orange background.

Volvo

Lastly, Volvo. What a fantastic livery. They’ve added a bunch more white, and it’s helped to turn the design up a notch. Last season’s livery was nice, but it didn’t have that wow factor. This one does. The design is simple, follows the cars natural lines for the most part and the white is used cleverly to make for an attractive design. All the colours match and just make for an all round pleasing livery to look at. I wish the outline of the white was even along all of the car, but as I haven’t seen the livery from many angles, it might not be a problem anyway.

Four new liveries, four big ticks!

Livery Launches – Preston Hire Racing, Prodrive, GRM and LDM