Livery Updates – Supercars Catchup

So I’ve slacked off a little after hours spent on the round-ups, so let’s take a look at some of what I’ve missed, starting with Percat, who will seemingly be changing sponsors each round.

BJR AGP

Holden used Percat’s car to push some social responsibility during the Australian Grand Prix, painting the #8 in rainbow colours in support of marriage equality. It was a simple and very colourful design and didn’t look awful, passing as a decent art car. I have to say I’ve attempted this many times in the (distant) past to varying levels of success.

BJR Tas

Come Symmons Plains, it was Biante on the side of the car, with something a little more subtle. Traditional white, red and black in a standard but pleasant design.

BJR PI

Then for Phillip Island, Hare & Forbes jumped on board, with something a little less uniform. A few too many colours on this livery, without much design to go with it. The number of slapped on logos can’t be hidden with the plain white, and is easily the weakest of the four efforts so far.

Tekno AGP

Back to Albert Park and Tekno unveiled this monstrosity. This is the definition of why putting a logo on an already established livery can go wrong. Horribly matching colours, especially on the bonnet with the EDG sky blue directly on the Woodstock red *shudders* with what was already a below par livery. I can only imagine they were short on time finding a sponsor for the non championship round.

LDM AGP

Conversely, a livery on short notice can work well, given enough care is given. Lift sponsored Taz Douglas’ LDM car for the Australian GP and turned out an agressive, quite striking yellow and black livery. No real complaints here with all the colours working in unity, and all the jagged bits of yellow looking great. Shame it only stuck around for one race! However, it was promptly replaced with the same RMA livery as on Rullo’s car, which is also good.

RBR Tas

Another piece of good news was RBRA touching up their F1 inspired livery. The Holden logo has now changed to white, which is a great move, considering it was somewhat lost in it’s previous form.

Erebus PI

The Penrite Erebus also has a new look, with Enviro Box (not Castrol for once) bringing some green to the party and ruining the beautiful uniformity that was. That said, it’s not nearly as offensive as it could be and is a much more manageable shade of green in comparison to Castrol.

Walkinshaw PI

Lastly, Walkinshaw have struck a deal with Boost Mobile, to turn James Courtney’s Commodore orange. The design hasn’t change, but the new colour does provide an easy way to distinguish Courtney and Pye. Can’t say this is better or worse. Black and orange go very well together, so no real complaints here.

Livery Updates – Supercars Catchup

Livery Launch – Erebus Motorsport

New season, new drivers for Erebus. Prodrive outcast David Reynolds had a fantastic season in 2015 but still found himself out of the championship’s top team. Fortunately, Betty Klimenko picked him up and he’ll be driving for Erebus in 2016. Erebus’ second driver choice was somewhat out of the blue, with Aaren Russell in the car next season. He contested the Dunlop series last season, finishing up in 11th overall as well as finishing on the lead lap at the Bathurst 1000.

Erebus pulled another surprise on us, announcing that they will be running Holdens in 2016. A shame if you ask me, with the variety of makes decreasing to four and the saturation of Holdens in the field increasing by two.

We’ve only really been teased with photoshopped images of Erebus’ new liveries, but it’s better than nothing! Penrite will stay as main sponsor to Reynolds’ #9 machine. The mainly black car looks classy, as a black car should. The front has a bit of Super Cheap Auto to it, with the red taking up most of the bumper and yellow on the splitter and just under the bonnet.

Erebus 1

I’m very happy to see that the red and yellow sections on the side run with the natural lines of the car. It pleases me aesthetically and frames the Penrite logo perfectly. There’s not much else to go on, but the black and yellow rims look great too.

Plus Fitness will follow Aaren Russell to Erebus and dictate the majority of the livery on the #4 car. Blue and orange are often a great combination and it’s nice here too. The design however, much like on the Bathurst livery that I wrote about toward the end of last year, looks a little less unique than the Penrite one. The white and orange sections are positioned well and also do a good job framing the main sponsor.Erebus 2

Interestingly, Penrite has sponsored the rear quarter of this car, and that’s what brings the livery down. It may have been fine if it weren’t for the red bits right next to the orange, but this makes it look like one too many colours were used. Perhaps simple, plain black would have been a better option here. That and the yellow on the rims make the livery look a bit disorganised. However, the HP logo on the front fits in superbly and makes the front look lovely.

Big changes for 2016 at Erebus. Let’s see if this will translate to better performances.

Livery Launch – Erebus Motorsport

Livery of the Day – The Bottle-O Racing Team Falcon FG/X

David Reynolds - Race 1 - 2015 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix - Setup

How about a current livery?

Unlike the recent seasons of bland grey and silver liveries in other championships such as Formula 1, the V8 Supercars championship has been treated with all sorts of vibrant colours.

David Reynolds is driving his 4th season in the #55 car for Rod Nash Racing, which is dressed in one of the most distinct liveries on the grid. I can’t think of another racing car that has sported a green as bright as this. Thanks to main sponsor The Bottle-O, the team has a bright and vibrant green to work with as a main colour. They’ve also had to work secondary sponsor Devil’s Cut into the livery, which brings black and gold into the frame. This results in a two tone design; mostly green, with black covering the hood, some of the rear bumper and side window areas.

David Reynolds - Practice - 2015 Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint - Setup

The design itself is still FPR inspired; not fully departed from the falcon design on the livery a few years back. It features lovely sweeping curves and sharp points, with all the black areas bordered by gold trim and then shadowed by similar white areas. Gold is used sparingly, with the inside of the rear wing endplates and the rims being the exceptions. It’s an intricate design without being clumsy or too busy. It’s an aggressive livery which matches the similarly aggressive looking body shape of the car.

If anything hurts the livery, it’s the Hog’s Breath Café logo. It doesn’t fit the livery at all, but then again, I think any designer would be hard pressed to make it look as though it belonged. Unless it was a team’s main sponsor and could dictate the design and colour scheme, I can’t imagine that Hog’s Breath Café would ever look good on a racing car.

Bottle-O 3

It’s a nice looking livery and one that unambiguously promotes The Bottle-O, something that sponsors pay good money for and which many don’t get.

Livery of the Day – The Bottle-O Racing Team Falcon FG/X