Formula Drift Champion winning team, Papadakis Racingcommissioned me earlier this year to create a new livery for their all-new Formula Driftcar, the Toyota Corolla iM (Toyota Auris in some markets).
I had previously styled a number of liveries for Papadakis way back to the Team Need for Speed days when current champion Frederic Aasbo joined the team.
With the Scion brand and the ‘tC’ model disappearing from the market place, Toyota needed to showcase a new product. The easy option would be the Toyota 86, but the 5 door iM was chosen instead.
Not your typical Formula Drift car, despite its Corolla heritage, we need to make the car stand out and look dynamic.
While team owner Stephan Papadakis developed their own bodykit, I started work on some concepts. These first round concepts show some of the early variations. Traditionally Rockstar have busy liveries with tight corporate identity requirements, but with a design chosen, their feedback was for a cleaner livery, so working with the Marketing Director, Jen Horsey.
This was my third livery commission from Team BMR and Brand Pilot and this year and we developed the 2016 livery design which could become interchangeable over time with different brands and colors, without diluting the look.
Taking reference from the italic Team BMR logo, I created a graphic with various Rhomboids (slanted rectangles) across the with accented strips either side in Dark Grey or Process Blue which is a corporate color for Adrian Flux. The Darker Blue used is a deep metallic vinyl and provides a good contrast to the White base required by Subaru and the team. These graphic areas also give clear defined spaces to the partners which help visibility at speed.
I was recently comissioned by the Panoz organisation to create a classic style livery for their new Panoz Avezzano race car which will race in the Pirelli World Challenge in 2017.
We explored a number of avenues including recreating the original Panoz livery, which I designed way back in 1995, but in the end we went for a design which referenced the Red and White of later cars including the LMP1.
More recently, I had designed the 2014 DeltaWing livery for Panoz.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 Vancouver Canucks recently commissioned me to produce a livery for one of their new Toyota Tundra trucks. The NHL Hockey team wanted a striking and unique design to showcase their new relationship with Toyota and promote their ‘#PlayForThis’
It is a cool experience when my clients join forces.
GT and Formula Drift racer, Tyler McQuarrie has been a client for many years as has CJ Wilson Racing, the team he has driven for during the past three seasons. Last year, Tyler teamed up with CLP Motorsport, owners of Safecraft Safety Equipment and Nexgen diesel fuel.
I have designed liveries for all three.
Safecraft wll be title sponsor on the CJ Wilson Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 of Tyler and Till Bechtolsheimer at the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge round at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca next weekend.
Successful GT3 racer Khaled Al Mudhaf made the trip from Kuwait to Long Beach, California this past weekend to take part in his first ever Stadium Super Truck race, support for the Indycar and IMSA event at the same weekend.
I have known Khaled from a few years ago when was was one of the most welcoming people at the Dubai 24Hours.
Khaled reached out to me a few days before the event to confirm he was able to compete and could I design a livery, but they needed to wrap the truck almost immediately. His company, G-Force Auto Worx is a very successful high end tune and build shop in Kuwait with a strong identity featuring a bar-code graphic which was just as well given the time available.
I was recently asked to appear on one of Slipstream great series of podcasts with hosts Dusty Michael and Scott Elkins.
I talked about how I started from my days at Uni and McLaren and my transition from vehicle styling into livery design. Also a few tips and tricks of the trade. Finally I touch on how Formula Drift is really NASCAR for the 21st century 🙂
Its a long one, so grab a coffee. Links below. Thanks for the opportunity Scott and Dusty, it was great fun.