The start of the 2017 North American Racing season gets underway this weekend with the opening round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and IMSA Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge at Daytona International Raceway and I have been busy preparing for it for months!
While there are a couple I can’t talk about, I have a number of race liveries I can showcase.
In the WeatherTech championship, my client Turner Motorsports returns with their BMW M6 GT3 in the GTD Class with a slightly updated livery in support of new sponsor Kettera.
During 2016, I also gained a new client with Scuderia Corsa and have worked with them on various sponsorship and livery updates during the championship winning 2016.
New regs, new cars, new liveries and lots of new driver combination makes the Official Spotter Guide a must. The guide will be updated later in the week with any driver or livery additions (probably after Tech is completed). Livery wise, all except Rebellion have previously been confirmed.
If you are at the circuit, a printed guide/program will be available later in the week.
The guide also features a number of my own liveries.
Thanks to the teams for their help with reference of the guides, to IMSA of course, the proof readers and you for downloading and sharing the guide!
Snowed under with livery and Spotter Guide work at the moment, so just a quick post to show off two liveries which will be used at the 24H of Dubai later this week.
First off, LAP57 UAE are one of the most well known middle-eastern teams and have entered most of the 24H Dubai races, I remember attending in 2011 and seeing them racing their Integras. The team have developed and they will be running a new JAS built Honda Civic Type-R to TCR Touring Car regulations.
The team wanted a clean livery which left space for sponsors over the coming races and a development of their current look.
The livery has come out really well. Probably one of the cleanest liveries I’ve designed in quite a while, but it works with the Blue and White contrasts.
The team even sent over an additional video showing them applying my logo – Thanks guys! Really appreciate this.
The other entry is running under the new Saudi Arrows team.
This team commissioned me to create a design quickly after seeing my previous work at the 24H including the Saudi Falcons and the 2011 winning Team Need for Speed BMW Z4’s.
This was one round of design with basic placement, so we developed a design based off an element of their logo, Taking the arrow head and elongating. This livery was also designed for a McLaren 650 GT3 and Radical race cars. For this event, the Audi R8 will be run by 2016 winners, WRT.
You can follow the race with audio and vision at RadioLeMans.com or the race site.
Long term client, CJ Wilson Racing, recently announced a partnership with Porsche GT3 Cup team, WinWard Racing to run a Porsche Cayman GT4 ClubSport in the IMSA Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge.
The Techemet design incorporates the CJ Wilson Racing graphics introduced last year with Graphite and chrome Blue hues. The original CJWilson Racing design allowed for its use regardless of color and sponsor and this shows how the graphic can work across multiple liveries as shown below on their 2016 designs
Leading Porsche racer, Corey Fergus has been a client for a number of years, campaigning various Porsche’s in the Pirelli World Challenge with an AERO supported ‘paint’ wrap including the Porsche Cayman below.
For 2017, Corey has teamed up with Moorespeed Racing to race in IMSA’s Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA with the new updated Gen 2 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car.
New race team, VOLT Racing, promoting the VOLT Lighting brand recently commissioned me to design a livery for their new McLaren 570S GT4 in the IMSA Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge.
VOLT lighting corporate colors are a vibrant yellow and black and the team wanted to utilize a florescent yellow/green vinyl for the car to really stand out on track. Combined with Graphite Grey, this gives maximum contrast. The livery has been designed to be very clean and utilize the lines of the McLaren.
As you may have seen, a new social media platform has been launched called Drive Tribe. Fronted by Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, the basic concept is centered around hundreds or groups, or Tribes as they prefer to call them. You can make your own tribe and you can join tribes which interest you.
DriveTribe has the potential to be successful, but we will see. I was accepted to become a member of Drive Tribe a while back and had a tribe for a while as the platform was tested. Drive Tribe is now live, so welcome you to take a look at the two tribes I have created.
The Speedhunters car culture program reached out to me towards the end of September for a livery re-fresh of their Need for Speed Porsche 911 RWB which had been on show previously at SEMA.
SEMA is the largest trade after market car show in the world and takes place every year in Las Vegas in November. The show is huge so its vital to create something that is a talking point so its remembered.
With the desire of a refresh and timescale our options were extremely limited. Speedhunters wanted to call out reference for the 1965 Monte Carlo Rally classing winning Porsche 911 of Herbert Linge and David Falke which carried the number ‘147’. While this was Red, the brief called for something Black, more sinister and ‘home-grown’ in appearance but with Rally influence.
Earlier this year, GM commissioned me via agency, Commonwealth McCann, to produce detailed illustrations of each generation of the Corvette Grand Sport series. The print will be released at a future date
In the meantime, the American Chevrolet website has composited the illustrations together into a wallpaper which you can download here on the Chevrolet website.
Leading Taiwanese team, Team AAI – Fist, partnered by legendary Asian performance part manufacturer, Buddy Club, recently showed off their new BMW M6 GT3 racecar during testing, ahead of its Asian Le Mans Series debut in October. Team AAI have a number of race programmes around the world which included running a Corvette C7.R at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans.
I was commissioned by Team AAI to create a design using the Buddy Club colors and basic graphic, but to make it a little more dynamic. At the same time, ‘Fist’ needed a larger presence, so while the car was in Buddy Club colors, they would share billing with FIST with additional flashes at the rear.
If everything aligns with delivery, this weekend will see the debut of a new IMSA t-shirt at Virginia International Raceway.
The Colors of IMSA showcase 16 liveries from the 2016 series from the iconic colors of Corvette, Turner Motorsport (hopefully 😉 ) and Stevenson to some of the striking new colors this year including the Gas Monkey Viper and the new Ford GT. Can you guess the rest?
On the rear, all the full time teams are listed.
The shirt should be on-sale at the IMSA Shop on site at Virginia International Raceway and will then be online in the next week or so.
If you are attending VIR this weekend, don’t forget to grab the official IMSA Spotter Guides at my sister site, SpotterGuides.com
It is hard to imagine it has been a year since Justin Wilson passed away. As has been repeated around the world on the internet, at the circuits, in the media, Justin Wilson was a very special racer, to quote Robin Miller, “…he didn’t have a bad bone in his body”.
As part of the fundraising efforts following his death, I worked with then Indycar artist (now Haas F1 Creative Guru!) Ryan Long to produce a very limited edition print showcasing all of Justin’s winning cars.
All 50 prints sold out within a couple of days and thanks to Rowland Printing, the print now hangs in various homes and workplaces round the globe, including the Wilsons.
The forthcoming Road America round of the IMSA Continental Tires Sports Car Challenge will see a revised livery for the #35 CJ Wilson Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, supporting the Chicago Blackhawks Charities program.
While I wasn’t involved in the small tweak to the existing livery I was able to contribute on a Forza based render which was used for the press announcement earlier this week. Top Forza skin creator, ‘SCSSkreamies’ captured the image below from Forza, complete with the Road America bridge and I then photoshopped this Cayman into a full ‘GT4 Clubsport’ model with new splitter, air intakes, rear wing, additional branding, wheels and adjusted interior.
Nissan have recently released a couple of infographics featuring my illustrations.
The image above features a new illustration of the 1991 Spa 24 class winning Skyline R32 GT-R. It was quite hard to find good reliable reference for this and had no scale drawing to work from, so many photos were required to accurately replicate the livery right down to the front brake caliper. The R35 GT-R behind was also updated from launch spec to the Spa 24 identity it will run at the legendary race.
A new livery made its debut on social media earlier this week and publicly in Vancouver during the Canada Day Parade. The ‘FINmobile’ is a modified Ford Transit which is used for the Vancouver Canucks mascot ‘FIN’ to travel around and get ready in.
The main IMSA WeatherTech/Continental guide features a number of new liveries for the 4th July weekend including the exclusive reveal of a retro livery for BMW Teal RLL and the recently announced Mazda Prototype liveries celebrating the anniversary of the Le Mans win with the Mazda 787B
As a bonus, you can download a PDF (22Mb) containing all the guides together or download the guides individually on the dedicated pages for :-
I have recently produced a new IMSA commissioned Spotter Guide to join the existing folio of IMSA Spotter Guides. The Mazda Prototype Lites Presented by Cooper Tires is a feeder prototype series for both IMSA and Mazda through their ‘Mazda Road to 24’ program.
This weekend’s IMSA 6 hours of the Glen will see Spotter Guides for EVERY race, including the main event and Porsche GT3 Cup and Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo. These will be released during Monday once various embargos and liveries have been launched.