The so called off season has been a busy time with a fleet of liveries in IMSA and other series either complete, or in progress, plus the release of the IMSA Spotter Guide.
I have been fortunate to have been able to produce a number of liveries for teams which will be on display at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Here is a quick summary. Full features on some of these liveries coming soon.
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
#19 Moorespeed – Audi R8 LMS GT3
Moorespeed are a long term client and I have designed their liveries for a few years in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup. This year, they move up to the WeatherTech series with a new Audi R8 LMS GT3. Main sponsor Bardahl traditionally run in black and yellow. We wanted to mix it up a bit and make the car more stealth, so a mix of Gold (to tie in with the #IMSA50 celebrations) create a clean looking design which is also unique on the grid.
The livery has been well received and IMSA have used it as their flagship car to promote the Rolex24
#48 Paul Miller Racing – Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo
Current Lamborghini Super Trofeo AM champion, Ryan Hardwick has commissioned me to design his liveries in the past and returned this year to create an all new look for Paul Miller Racing with Ryan’s 1st Phrom sponsorship. This was a tricky design as another (NDA) client had an identical livery brief in terms of color, for a while, so we played with a Blue and then a Black base.
As is often the case the extra variants and revisions helped to resolve the design.
#71 P1 Motorsports Mercedes AMG GT3
I had great fun designing the Chupacabra for JC Perez and P1 Motorsport last year. The livery also ended up on multiple Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeos as well as their race haulers. This became a huge fan favourite for kids which was cool We tweaked the design this year, using a graphite base and adding in a side illustration of a Chupacabra, ready to pounce. P1 Motorsports will be racing the full season of the IMSA WeatherTech championship.
#96 Turner Motorsports BMW M6 GT3
Long term client, Turner Motorsports returns to the WeatherTech championship for another full season in 2019.The Liqui Moly livery made its debut this time last year and was a challenge to marry the coloration of Liqui Moly and the graphics of Turner Motorsport in their non corporate colors. Thankfully it came out really well and has already been replicated on other cars (including a non BMW at SEMA!). The Liqui Moly livery returns for the endurance races this year with a small tweak or two. The traditional Turner based livery which I have also designed will also race during the season.
In addition, I also designed another livery, which is under an NDA and assisted with Risi Competizione and PPM. I also supplied line-work to Penske Racing and Meyer Shank Racing
Michelin Pilot SportsCar Challenge.
#7 VOLT Lighting Porsche Cayman CS GT4
I have been able to design Volt’s liveries for the past three year on four different chassis. VOLT’s original brief was to ensure the livery stood out on track. With the fluorescent yellow base, it ticks that box. As with previous years, we’ve added some graphite elements to break up the mass of yellow. SkinzWraps did an awesome job of wrapping this and the sister chassis over Christmas at Porsche Motorsport North America’s base, where the car was still embargoed and secret.
#33 & # 57 Windward Racing Mercedes AMG GT4
I produced this livery for the team last year and these cars will race in slightly different liveries for 2019 with the usual sponsor changes.
The concept with this, and many of my liveries is for the base graphic to remain, regardless of sponsor and coloration to ensure the team creates its own visual identity. Motorsport is one of the few sports where the team rarely gets to show off ‘its’ identity.
#39 Carbahn Audi R8 GT4
Another livery form 2018, this uses the AERO Paint system so the green really pops on this one.The Black comes from Menlo and the grey comes from Accel corporate identity.
A 2nd chassis appeared at the ROAR test and will reappear at selected rounds of the IMSA championship.
#96 Turner Motorsports BMW M4 GT4
In addition to the Liqui Moly entry, Turner will be running the M4 GT4 at the Rolex24 weekend in their traditional colors. The car and base livery will feature as one of the lead cars in the Patrick Dempsey and Jeff Zwart produced movie, “The art of Racing in the Rain” which is due to launch later this year.
#84 ATL Speedwerks Honda Civic TCR
I had previously designed a MX-5 livery for Winding Road Racing who was sponsored by ATL Speedwerks. The team wanted a base livery which would be distinctive in different coloration for different sponsors over time, starting with the Blue and Yellow base. The blue is a really deep vinyl with a hint of purple and allows the yellow to really pop on track.
#89 HART Honda Civic TCR
A commission from client AERO Paint, this livery is all in paint, no actual vinyl. If you are at the track you will appreciate the extra vibrancy and quality this gives the livery. A relatively clean and dynamic livery which picks out certain elements from a very busy body surface. Already a big favourite, the car has been christened ‘Scarlet’. The team consists of many volunteers from Honda’s production line in North America, so if you are looking for a cool team to support, here is your car.
I also assisted LA Honda World and supplied RohR and TRG with vehicle linework for their press annoucements.
In addition to these, I was also fortunate to be commissioned to produce some support vehicles on and off the track.
IMSA AMR Porsche Cayenne Rapid Response Vehicle.
I’ve been itching to design these liveries for a few years and had the opportunity over what was already a busy holiday period, but I couldn’t turn this down for one of my main clients. The new Cayenne livery introduced a new style for IMSA’s support vehicles in partnership with new partner AMR. Grey slashes on the hood give the emergency vehicle look subtly. These are at the same angle as the IMSA and IMSA50 logo. The AMR livery seen on their vehicles across the states is then adapted into a Porsche/IMSA look along the side incorporating the IMSA 50 logo and the ‘Star of life’ on the rear quarter.
Rolex 24 Official Pace Car – Audi Sport North America Audi R8
Audi Sport Customer Racing USA approached me in early January to deisgn a livery for the Rolex24 pace car as a retrospective of the championship winning Audi 90 GTO racecar. Following some research, we were able to locate the original colors of the car. The current R8 has very different propotions to the Audi 90 racecar, so I took time to work out the ratio of colors and then design the livery to fit the form of the current supercar, taking note of treatment on the original racer. As an example, the way the stripes on the front bumper are cropped by the air intake recess. the way the Red runs from the headlamp at the froont, or the small red kick up, just ahead of the rear wheels. Thanks to Audi for this fun project.
Note, this was designed and approved before Starworks created their version of the same retro livery. Shows how important the Audi 90 GTO was in Audi history…. this one however, will be leading the pack at some point 😉
Lexus RC F GT3 show car
Lexus approached me last year to create a new ‘works’ livery for their RCF GT3 Racecar so the could promote their look rather than a customer team at exhibitions and the IMSA Fan zone where many of the OEM’s exhibit. The brief was to have elements of the Toyota Gazoo livery, but feel new, fresh and a Lexus product using the deep Blue as a base.
This RC F won’t be at the track, but will be in the IMSA fan zone and also appear on all of sides Lexus Motorsport Haulers.
All the race vehicles feature on the official IMSA Spotter Guide for the Rolex 24 which I produced for the series. Featuring 96 cars and 32 different chassis over two series, this is a great resource to get upto speed on all the 2019 liveries. You can download on sister site, SpotterGuides.com