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.

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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…

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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 of the Day – 2011 Rizla Suzuki GSV-R

For me, MotoGP is fun to watch. The last couple of years I’ve tried my best to watch every race, simply because the racing is usually super exciting (especially Moto3 most weekends!). I don’t know a hell of a lot about its history and I don’t pretend to be an expert, but growing up watching a race from time to time, only a few things stuck with me. One of those things was the light blue Rizla Suzuki bikes, helped perhaps by the Australian media, thanks to Chris Vermeulen riding for them for a number of years. For years I had no idea what Rizla was, but I couldn’t separate the name from Suzuki.

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For 2011, Suzuki kept Alvaro Bautista on after a decent first MotoGP season, whilst John Hopkins attended 3 race weekends. Rizla continued their sponsorship of the team and therefore, the bikes were once again that familiar shade of blue.

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Over the years, the Rizla Suzuki team’s liveries had barely changed from plain light blue, apart from a small flash of yellow. The 2011 livery broke the mould, with a large black spike design along the edges of the bike. It was something very different, but as the majority of the bike was still in light blue, there was no denying it was a Rizla Suzuki. It’s a lovely design which doesn’t crowd the bike at all and is very aesthetically pleasing. Whilst the black spikes cover a large part of the bike, they remain quite subtle and allow the light blue to dominate the livery.

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After moving to the CRT category in 2012 and a having year’s break in 2014, Suzuki are back in 2015, albeit minus Rizla. It’s just not the same!

Livery of the Day – 2011 Rizla Suzuki GSV-R