I have posted a number of images from SEMA on my Facebook Fan Page (don’t forget to ‘Like’). Most of the OEM’s have been shown extensively on the big news and Blog sites such as Autoblog.com, Jalopnik.com and Speedhunters.com so I have focused on some of the other cool machines.
This special wide bodied E46 has been in build during 2012 and the new Andy Blackmore Design livery has been applied. The Epic Motorsport/Bimmerworld entry will stand out on track like no other E46, just as requested in the original brief.
Way back in early 2011, I was working on vehicle customisation for Need for Speed The Run. EA had managed to obtain the rights for the Porsche 918 RSR Concept car which had been previewed earlier that year.
Each car in-game has 2-3 levels of visual progression with a choice of colours at each level. I approached Porsche AG about creating some retro 917 liveries for the 918RSR given their heritage. It took a while but they eventually agreed to the three above, Hippy, Porsche Salzburg and the Pink Pig.
Tyler McQuarrie made his debut as team owner this past weekend in the opening round of the 2012 Formula Drift Championship with the ex Gardella Racing Chevrolet Camaro.
Tyler contacted me after Gary Gardella recommended me to him in the closed season. We were able to work in the Go-Pro and Mobil 1 Sponsorship with a Gloss Black and Matte White design which continues the theme from the Gardella machine in 2011. Mobil 1 also used my original artwork for stickers at the opening round.
I was fortunate to work on Eric Zimmermann’s new BMW M3 E46 wide body build, which is currently in construction at Bimmerworld. The car is scheduled to make its debut towards the end of the year in the North American BMW CCA Club Racing Series.
This was a great livery to work with with a relatively clean piece of (digital) paper to work from. The brief was to design a striking livery.
Arena International, the team behind the Team Aon Ford Focus team were one of my first clients back in 1994 and I was able to work with the team again on their 2012 campaign in the World Touring Car Championship.
With new sponsors including Laser Tools, we designed a new livery for this season leaving the Airbrushed Blue and White look behind.
I am fortunate in that a number of my race liveries return for 2012. In Formula Drift, Papadakis Racing and Fredric Aasbo retain their asymmetric Team Need for Speed livery with the car now in its correct Fluorescent Red. Elsewhere on the Team Need for Speed Roster, Matt Power returns with his Nissan S14.
In Australia, Mad Mike Whiddett also retained his Team NFS livery, now with camouflage graphics on his Red Bull Mazda RX-7 and RX-8. In this case, Need for Speed has been replaced by Speedhunters as title sponsors.
Back in the UK, SAS International continue to sponsor in the Porsche Carrera Cup and continue with a livery I originally designed in 2003. I wish I was on yearly commission for that one.
Following their 2011 livery, I was commissioned by Bimmerworld again to produce their 2012 livery. With the team focusing on the BMW E90 sedan in the GRAND-AM Continental Tires Series we were able to work through multiple designs to create a distintive design which shows off the Bimmerworld colors and corporate identity effectively with a BMW Motorsport inspired graphic on the Hood.
I was also a consultant for a third entry, sponsoeed by CRC Brakes.
Paddy McGrath of PCMG has just published this awesome photo-shoot of the Team Schubert Need for Speed BMW Z4 GT3 at Silverstone. Paddy was the first photographer to shoot at the new Silverstone Wing Complex.
Based in the Republic of Ireland, Paddy is a total Petrolhead and also covers the British Isles. Hire him. You wont be disappointed.
Front running Continental Tires Sports Car Challenge Team, Bimmerworld Racing returned to the track in 2011 with a fresh new livery on their BMW E90 and E90 M3 race cars.
Bimmerworld owner, James Clay contracted Andy earlier in the month wanting a new look for the cars. The Bimmerworld graphic is distinctive with its Blue, Yellow and White branding and Bauhaus font. Andy always likes to incorporate the numbers into the design and a few concepts later, this design was born.
Bimmerworld have extended to a four car team this year, with two new M3 chassis in the GS class. The M3 has Blue hood with White and Yellow BMW Motorsports Style stripes while the regular E90 sedans in the ST class have white hoods.
The team started the season with a podium for John Capestro-DuBetsand Gregory Liefooghe finished 3rd in the Daytona 200 season opener.
The 2011 Team Need for Speed livery on the Schubert Motorsport BMW Z4 GT3 made its debut with a convincing win at the Dubai 24 hours in January. The reflective livery was a photographer favourite during the event and received much praise on Need for Speed and Speedhunter’s Facebook and Twitter outlets.
The livery features a unique wireframe graphic from the in-game car from Need for Speed Shift 2- Unleashed. The wireframe in the white areas is reflective, giving a unique look. More images and full details on Speedhunters’ Dubai coverage and on our BMW Z4 Livery Page..
The annual Speedhunters Cars of the Year Voting has recently taken place on Speedhunters.com, the car culture blog of video game, Need for Speed.
Voted by readers, two cars designed by Andy Blackmore Design won awards. The Need for Speed Mustang RTR-X, designed with Vaughn Gittin Jr won the Demo car of the Year.
Andy was also responsible for the livery of the Mad Mike Mazda RX-8 which won Pro-Drift Car of the Year. This comes shortly after the RX8 also won ‘Best looking Formula Drift car’ voted by the series and important individuals in the genre.
Congratulations to Vaughn, Mike Whidett and to Twins Turbo, who built both cars!
The Team Need for Speed Mustang RTR-X which Andy designed with Vaughn Gittin Jr was unveiled earlier this week on the Ford Stand at the SEMA Show. The car looks stunning in the flesh.
Twins Turbo and Steen Chassis did an amazing job bring Andy and Jr’s vision to reality. AutoGuide.com said it was “Definitive showstopper”. The launch took place immediately after the Ford press conference. There were more people waiting by the covered RTR-X than at the main conference.
You can follow the build process and the debut of the RTR-X on Speedhunters and on our own detailed RTR-X post
The Team Need for Speed/Red Bull Mazda RX-8, which Mad Mike Whiddett campaigned in the 2010 Formula Drift Championship won the ‘Best looking Car’ Award at the season banquet. The award was presented following voting by drivers, teams and industry figures.
Andy worked with Mike on the livery, a variation of Andy’s BMW Z4 design for Team Need for Speed to include Mike’s Red Bull sponsorship. It was quite a challenge for Andy to incorporate both brands on the car. The look of the car is also helped by its low stance and its cool wheels which Mike and Twins Turbo designed.
Andy has recently been working with SPEED.com on a design study for the 2012 GRAND-AM Cars. The series has been working with teams for new ideas to improve the look of Grand-Am cars via a chassis update.
With his vehicle styling experience at McLaren, Yamaha, KWM, Arena and Electronic Arts, Andy was commissioned by SPEED.com to work on some proposals.
You can read the full article at SPEED.com and all read more about the actual designs HERE including a Corvette Version, showing how a GRAND-AM Car with more extreme styling. The designs also featured on The Speed Report on SPEED TV.
The GRAND-AM Design was well received and spread around the net quickly, creating quite a buzz on Facebook, Twitter and forums such as Ten-Tenths.com, to the official GRAND-AM and SPEED.com forums, the study has been positively received.
Endurance-Info.com and DailySportsCar.com (subscription)have also run stories on the study.