Livery Updates – Supercars Bathurst and Gold Coast

Let’s take a look at some recent updates for the Supercars, starting with a true nagger. Nick Percat got another major round sponsor on board, this time in the shape of Boost. The only weird thing is, Boost already sponsors James Courtney’s car. What this has resulted in, is a weird situation where a car from Walkinshaw Racing and a car from Brad Jones Racing, are running almost identical liveries, despite being different teams.

It totally weird me out, and as you can see above, apart from a couple of sponsor logos, the designs are identical! Perhaps this is simply opportunistic, with both teams’ other cars sponsorships locked in, but doesn’t make it any less odd. Perhaps next year we’ll a single team with the Boost livery, although their logo is littered up and down the grid.

The design has changed slightly since it was introduced to the #22, with the main colour now a metallic charcoal, supported by a reflective ‘chrome’ orange on the roof. It’s a really nice retro looking design in its simplicity and layout, although is modernised with some spiked edges along the side and piping on the front and rear bumpers.

Prodrive missed the boat for Sandown retro round, and came to Bathurst with an old school livery instead. This was an ode to Alan Moffat’s Ford of the late 70s, and they’ve done a good job in translating the simple livery onto the 2017 Falcon. It’s not a direct copy and has had some slight changes, for example the gap between the red and blue lines is wider and the black outline thinner, which actually makes quite a big difference to the overall look.

caruso bathurst 17Elsewhere, Michael Caruso’s Nissan sported a different blue design, this time sponsored by BIG4 Holiday Parks. The blue had a slight gradient, giving it the feel of a blue summer’s sky, a clever way of getting people to think about their upcoming holidays! This was accompanied by a solid green line along the bottom of the side, outlined with white.

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Caruso had yet another livery in the Gold Coast, a very Nissan livery, with the tagline ‘Beware of Strangers’ warning owners of  not taking their cars to cars to official Nissan service centers.

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Livery Updates – Supercars Bathurst and Gold Coast

Livery Launch – #1 Bottle-O Prodrive Falcon

Christmas has come early! The thing I anticipate more than anything during the off-season is livery launches, and we’ve got one before the year is even over!

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Seeing Winterbottom in the Bottle-O machine will take some getting used to, as will be the case with a number of other sponsor and driver changes next season. The car synonymous with David Reynolds will be piloted by Frosty next season, with a big number 1 on the side.

Not many pictures yet, but there are a few changes to the livery from last season. The Bottle-O logo has a nice thick black border this year, after starting 2015 without a border at all. Devil’s Cut is gone as a secondary sponsor, which helps to simplify the livery by removing the extra gold colour. This allows the bonnet to be green, as well as the rims, which is makes quite a big difference. I think I may have preferred the gold rims, but green spokes with a silver outer rim looks very nice.

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The new 2016 livery (top) and the 2015 livery (bottom). The great news is that the Abomination is gone! No more Hogs Breath! What a relief.

Don’t have a particularly clear view of the bonnet, but it looks as though Castrol may have added a darker shade of green behind their own logo, which is a real shame. If a two tone green was over the entire car it could have looked nice, but a second shade of green appearing only on the bonnet is just annoying. The car is already green, is your special shade of green really necessary? Apparently yes, says Mr. Marketing Manager of Castrol. I could be wrong though, it may only look like that from the angle of this photo.

The black section is bordered by white and has a matte finish, which is popular these days. It works well, although the faux Falcon design is kind of awkward in its angular and swooping design.

The only thing that really stands out in a bad way is Orrcon Steel. It’s great that Orrcon has supported Winterbottom for all these years, just a shame it matches so poorly with the livery.

In the end, a nice looking car and one we are used to seeing on the grid, just not with this driver inside!

Livery Launch – #1 Bottle-O Prodrive Falcon