The start of the 2016 North American Season gets underway at Daytona International Speedway, this weekend with the Rolex 24 Hours and I have been involved in a variety of projects associated with the event.
Most prominent are new liveries for Turner Motorsport with their all new BMW M6 GT3 and CJ Wilson Racing and their new Porsche Cayman GT4 ClubSport.
The Turner design has been developed form the fan favorite Z4 livery, although the larger proportions of the M6 coupe proved challenging to balance. We ended up with a couple of final designs which the team could not decide on, so we went with both!
Each car runs a different diagonal stripe, along with the addition of driving light cover colors, help fans and the mechanics tell the two cars apart.
IMSA have commissioned me for many year to produce their official Spotter Guide (the Rolex edition gets released later today!). In recent years this has extended to additional illustrations for internal and external presentations and illustrations for their on track support, web and the IMSA app. An example of this is IMSA’s overview of the 2016 Classes post on IMSA.com
These blank car illustrations will also feature in the IMSA Raceday viewing guide booklet and around the track on hoardings aiding fan, old and new. A great example where a company can re-use and maximise their ‘investment’ in quality illustrations.
Jalopnik.com’s Stef Schrader has just published a cool feature on the livery design process of the new #33 CJ Wilson RacingPorsche Cayman GT4 ClubSport which will compete in the 2016 Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge.
I talk about why went for darker hues, the use of the CJ Wilson signature (aka ‘Star’) and how this has become a common feature on his racecars so no matter what the partner, it is always clear its a CJ Wilson Racing car and will make the entries look more like a collective regardless of sponsor or base color.
With IMSA’s ROAR test just days away, ahead of the Rolex 24Hours, a couple of liveries are starting to surface on social media.
Turner Motorsport have a 2 car entry in the newly named WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with the all new BMW M6 GT3. More details on the livery later, but this is a development of the successful Z4 GT3 livery. Look closely and you might spot some differences between the 96 and 97 cars.
Turner are very pro-active on Social media, so you can catch up on their progress on Twitter.
A limited number of IMSA Champion shirts have been produced to celebrate the champions in the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge, including my client CJ Wilson Racing.
Current Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge ‘ST’ Champions, CJ Wilson Racing has announced a two-car entry in the ‘GS’ class with the all-new Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport.
The new Cayman was launched at the Los Angeles Motor Show earlier this week. With a brainstorming session before the car was launched, it was a great opportunity to create an ‘old school’ digital render of the car with a launch livery. Time was the essence, so this was all completed within one day. My background is vehicle design and styling, so it was good to create one of these illustrations.
The livery itself is a development of the previous MX-5 livery with an oversized ‘CJ’ signature graphic scaled down to allow for sponsorship space.
The Spotter Guides for the WEC IMSA double header event at Circuit of The Americas in Texas are now available on SpotterGuides.com
The Official IMSA Spotter Guide features all four TUDOR classes as well as the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. You can download the official guide from the dedicated page.
The NISMO Spotter Guide for the WEC round features all 31 cars with the latest liveries and driver changes. You can download the WEC guide from its dedicated page.
Both guides will be kept up to date during the week with driver and any significant livery changes.
Thank you to Nissan and IMSA. Without their support, there would be no Spotter Guides.
Recently created this rendering for Turner Motorsports to announce the purchase of two new BMW M6 GT3’s for the 2016 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Fun working through all the details of the currently disguised car
The livery is a development of the design I created for the team last year.
I was fortunate to work with Canadian team, Compass360 Racing on their new Audi fleet of racecars. At the end of last year, I designed a new livery for the Audi S3, which blended the traditional Compass360 look, a retro inspired Audi Sport identity with the vibrant and cool paint films of AERO.
More recently, Compass360 Racing have been preparing to make their TUDOR debut at Lime Rock Park with a new Audi R8 LMS. I collaborated on the livery with the team owner (and leading Creative Director), Karl Thomson.
In addition, the TUDOR United SportsCar Entry car art will also be used in the official programme at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
Thank you to those who downloaded, retweeted, shared or liked the NISMO Le Mans Spotter Guide. We had over 100,000 unique downloads on this site, plus an unknown number via Nissan USA’s press release channels..
Thanks to Nissan NISMO for sponsorship of the ELMS, WEC and Le Mans Spotter Guides and to IMSA for partnering on their official Guides for the TUDOR and CTSC series.
I assisted in the design of the livery for the new Compass 360 Racing livery for their new Audi R8 LMS which will race, later this season, in the GTD class of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
Developed from my livery design of their Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge entries, the liveries will continue to feature AERO Paint material and feature a design which references Audi’s previous success with the IMSA series and Compass 360 iconic florescent Orange.
Two Sportscar Spotter Guides have just been released on sister site, SpotterGuides.com, ahead of this weekend’s action in the US and Belgium.
The NISMO Spotter Guide for the WEC 6hrs of Spa Francorchamps. This guide features full car, team,driver and class details in addition to Twitter handles and the all important ACO/FIA Driver rankings. No other guide is as up to date or features so much detail!
The Official IMSA Spotter Guide for the Continental Tires Monterey Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has also been released. This three page guide features all the TUDOR entries along with leading forty Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge entries.
Dr Jim Norman is a successful race driver, but more importantly is the most experienced parathyroid surgeon in the world and is considered the “father” of mini-parathyroid surgery. Jim has competed in Grand Am and the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship including a class win at the 2013 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.
Jim will be adding to his TUDOR GTD endurance race duties by joining the 2015 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series in his all-new ‘Bad Lambo Racing‘ Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2.
Jim contacted me asking for a livery which would stand out and be visually strong enough to work so that kids would want to put a poster of this car up in their bedroom, just like many of us (older ones!) did in the 70’s and 80’s. These images shared by Jim on his social networks show the car being wrapped.
Run by Bad Lambo Racing in associated with Park Place Motorsports, Jim will be joined in the Huracán by his 21-year-old son, Josh Norman, who is making his IMSA racing debut.
Bad Lambo Racing provides Jim a platform to educate people about the dangers of high blood calcium, an under-diagnosed sign of parathyroid gland tumors.
I have been commissioned to produce some new artwork for IMSA merchandise for 2015 following a successful run last year. Here is a quick run down of whats on offer at the track, or at the online store. More items to follow during the year.
The shirt is is my favourite design and something I haven’t illustrated before, a short comic strip. It is as if it a younger fan is imagining racing the GTLM cars in a few years time. Complete with approved IMSA Radio commentary!
You can buy this youth comic strip shirt online HERE
The Official Spotter Guide for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Continental Tires Sports Car Challenge is now available on my other site, SpotterGuides.com, or from the event section of IMSA.com
For 2015, we are reverting to the traditional 11×17 Landscape Guide online. For the larger races this consists of three pages which will feature all the car, team and driver details to all the entries in the TUDOR Championship. New for 2015, we are also including the leading 40 entries for the Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge. When space allows we will also include the race schedule. The guide will be updated for each race and will be available on the Monday of race week.
With the 2015 IMSA Season now underway with the annual ‘ROAR’ Test at Daytona. IMSA have released the first of my shirt designs for 2015. These are now available at the IMSA merchandising truck at Daytona for the ROAR test. This print (on rear) features each of the full time chassis for 15 ( The Viper is hidden in this shot). Available in Adult and Youth sizes.
Two more circuit related shirts will be available from the Rolex 24, while a Spotter Guide shirt will be available from Sebring.
Turner Motorsporthave announced they will defend their GTD Class title in 2015, returning for a full season of the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship. After a challenging debut in the series in 2014, the team bounced back to win the GTD Class Championship. Turner were the first team worldwide to win a major championship with the BMW Z4 GT3.
For 2015, Turner will compete in the TUDOR series and the Pirelli World Challenge. More news on the PWC program and liveries soon.
I am excited to announce I will be working with IMSA again in 2015 creating the art for the official IMSA Spotter Guides.
Starting with the Rolex 24, IMSA will print a ‘Race Viewing Guide’ booklet available at the circuit as per 2014.
Online, we will be reverting back to the traditional 11×17 Poster Style Guide for you to download which should make things easier! The online guide will be released on spotterguides.com and imsa.com on 19th or 20th January and will be updated during the week as new drivers are announced.
I have been fortunate to work with Speedhunters and car builder Keith Charvonia on their entry in the 2014 Scion Tuner Challenge, which will be showcased at the SEMA show in November. I recently published a post on the detail design process for Speedhunters which is now available in the Portfolio section.
I have recently been working with the Merchandising division of IMSA on a range of commissions including these vector illustrations for t-shirts, which will be available from the IMSA Trucks, at the Circuit of The Americas and Petit Le Mans.
Hop over to my dedicated Portfolio Page for more information and examples on the merchandise I have been developing with IMSA.