A day late and a dollar short as per usual, but with another ripper Bathurst 1000 having just concluded, here is a review of this year’s liveries.
Bottle-O celebrates 10 years as a main sponsor in the Supercars with this matte black stunner. The design is the same as the rest of the year, but the bright green has been replaced with a cool matte black and all white has also been removed from the car. The Bottle-O logo and other colour accents on the car are now a super reflective green, which looks cool, but doesn’t show off the logo very well against the black surrounding it. Shame they couldn’t get Castrol to go along with the livery as it sticks out, and not in a great way. The green does look great though and the entire livery is pretty mean overall!
#4 Davies/van der Drift
Erebus has a new sponsor on the #4 car in UltraAir. This is a great example of two sponsors working very well on the same car, with Penrite and UltraAir working in perfect harmony. The livery has a lovely white section along the side; rounded at the front and fading to black toward the rear. The design looks great and what helps are the minor colours in sky blue and light green. These colours, which gradually blend into each other, work really well in thin lines through the headlights, and the framing of the white section along the side. The subtle spike behind the front door is a nice touch too.
Really like this livery, and I’m very surprised that the gold, black, white, blue and green all work together to make a pleasant livery. Hope this livery sticks around til the end of the season.
The design is unchanged for the Sengled Altima, but the big alteration is in the colouring, with the silver having changed to chrome. It looks nice in comparison to the usual, and in the angle above, you can see how well it works and blends in with the grille, which has always been in chrome on the Altimas.
Nissan have gone with another retro livery for Bathurst, this time replicating the 1991 Skyline. It’s a near perfect copy of the original and as is often the case with retro liveries, it looks great. The simple three tone livery, with red on top, white in the middle and blue on the bottom is classic Nissan. The thin red line at the bottom of the white section is simple but sweet and the big plate and 23 on the side is a great throwback.
GB Galvanizing is back on the #96 car for Bathurst in a new grey, white and red design. It’s a complicated little design with red and white tears along the side, thin fading white stripes on the hood and roof and a complex white/grey section toward the rear. However, what I keep coming back to is the grey. Whilst it’s interesting to see it in matte paint, I can’t help but cast my mind back to the uninspiring Sauber and HRT cars and feel as though this colour just isn’t quite suited to Motorsport. That said, this version looks a lot better than those liveries did!
A big effort from Adelaide and the LDM team, with The Clipsal 500 sponsoring the Triple 2 car. Unfortunately, blending the orange and black livery with a million different logos makes the car look like a bit of a cluttered mess. The livery features the logos of the Clipsal 500 itself, along with Hunters & Collectors and Baby Animals, bands which will play at the race’s concert, with Adelaide tourism and Lift also on the car.
In the end there are too many logos with too many colours and perhaps they should have switched the usual orange to red, because I feel as though the red and orange clash a little too harshly, and could have brought some more uniformity to the car. However, the team will be over the moon, finishing on the podium today and spraying the bubbly! Congratulations to them.
#360 Gracie/de Silvestro
The Harvey Norman Supergirls were back at Bathurst this year, this time in a Nissan. The livery design is very similar to last year, although the colours have completely changed. The colour combo of white, black, yellow and grey is nowhere near as impactful as last year’s red and white and is thoroughly underwhelming in my opinion. This livery could have used a lot less white and grey to help it stand out more, as we know the design itself can work well. I also have no clue why Harvey Norman would choose these colours, considering they aligns in no way with their branding. Really disappointing overall considering their lovely 2015 livery.
Nice to see some new liveries at Bathurst again this year and a special mention to GRM, who kept their awesome retro Volvo livery from Sandown!