An interesting one off livery for Craig Lowndes this weekend in Darwin. The new livery highlights the team’s support of the Clontarf Foundation and the livery design itself was made by Daniel Thomson, a local 14 year old schoolboy! Great effort from the lad.
Great use of a range of lighter blues and yellows, all of which complement the usual Vortex blue-green. The design itself is also a great example of Indigenous artwork, and a pleasant surprise to see it work so well on a racing car.
As for the DJR Team Penske machines, it’s the usual new sponsor colours, same design affair. The Mighty Mite colours work well as you’d expect from blue and yellow, although I think more yellow than black may have looked better.
The Taubman’s machine looks a little more generic. It’s a logo that works well on the side of the car, but perhaps needs a unique design to get all of its colours on the car. Just a little tired of this design now. I’m sure making different designs for each new sponsor could be costly, but the same one in different colours over and over is just a little boring now isn’t it? Should take a few liberties to at least make some unique changes to the usual livery for each sponsor at least.
Well, looks like Stone Brothers Racing have completed their return to V8 Supercars!
Not really of course, but after the return of a Caltex livery with 888, DJR Team Penske have brought on Pirtek as a sponsor for Phillip Island, so all of a sudden it feels very 2005 over here. Very nostalgic! Imagine they had used yellow rims too, and if Ambrose was still racing…
The livery design itself is the same design as before but in classic Pirtek colours and Coulthard having a red rear wing to Pye’s blue. It seems to be a Penske way of doing things, as the IndyCar team did the same thing last year.
I wonder what colour the car will be next week!
HRT have also revealed a livery update, this time to commemorate ANZAC day and support the ANZAC Appeal. It features the silhouettes of ANZAC soldiers walking beside a mountain range, that is also stylised to give a tearing effect. I’m not sure whether this is symbolic or not, so lets just acknowledge that this livery being a great touch from Holden. That said, it sort of blends in with other one off liveries that Holden brings out as many of them do end up looking quite similar.
Craig Lowndes’ new Triple Eight machine was revealed today and I have to say, it’s almost everything I expected, and definitely in a good way!
The new livery brings back memories of Russell Ingall’s championship winning car, just as we thought it would. It brings back that unique shade of blue green, along with a healthy amount of red and white in support.
Caltex has chosen to promote premium brand Vortex with the team and is prominent in the livery design. The white semi circular lines which are a part of the Vortex logo are used as the base of the design, with the red sections creating a similar boundary around the logo.
The car looks great from the back, with the red section sweeping around the Vortex logo and onto the rear bumper. If anything, it’s a full livery, but it does look a bit slapped on, at least from the side. My only real gripe with this one is the blue headlights. Why not blend them with the same blue green, have them in a contrasting but matching and menacing red or just plain clear? That shade of blue is totally out of place on this car and is mighty annoying to me.
However, overall it’s a pleasant livery and will hit a bunch of people right in the nostalgia. Can’t go wrong with that.