Formula One’s grid in recent years has been 50 shades of mind-numbing grey, which Renault Sport F1 Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul described to Motorsport.com as embarrassingly ugly. So, Renault wants to fix that, starting with a new bright yellow car and hopefully following up with a series of art cars.
You know that kid who really doesn’t want to do Halloween, but slapped a couple red stripes on his face and claims he’s Darth Maul? That’s the livery on McLaren’s new MP4-31 Formula One car this year: the world’s laziest attempt to look like Darth Maul. Hopefully that means all the effort went into the car rather than…
Matte finishes! If you thought you were rid of them in all their boring dullness in 2008, sorry. Without Infiniti to add purple highlights to this year’s Red Bull F1 car, the eXtReMe energy drink folks have opted for a plainer, duller livery rendered in the aftermarket’s terrible bro-finish of choice. It’s awful!
Ferrari doesn’t reveal its 2016 Formula One livery until February 19, but Italian source F1 Analisi Tecnica says that a bit more white will be involved, this time in a big ring around the air intake.
We debate the best and worst race car liveries–the decorative schemes that make race cars look distinctive and give visibility to sponsors—to the point where punches are thrown and tears are shed. But how are they made? To answer that question, we asked graphic designer Andy Blackmore to take us through the process.
Everyone knows I’m partial to cartoon liveries, but surely there’s other shows we’d like to see on a race car that aren’t old Cartoon Network shows or SpongeBob SquarePants. Tell us: which show have you binge-watched over the holida—err, um, would you like to see on a race car?
I guess somebody at Darlington Raceway got our hint. The ultra-popular NASCAR throwback weekend is back on the schedule for 2016. Which historic liveries would you like to see?