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.
Been a busy few months with liveries and Spotter Guides, so updates have been less frequent on here than I would desire.
Anyway, a big update on the site in a few weeks with many of the 2017 liveries, but first off, just to let you know a number of new Spotter Guides have been released on sister-site, SpotterGuides.com
In addition to the usual IMSA WeatherTech and Continental Spotter Guides, updated for each race weekend, I have recently released the Official IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Spotter Guide and the Official Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Spotter Guide. Both series racing this weekend at CoTA.
With these four series, a total of 13 cars will be carrying my liveries, plus a couple more I helped on a little. Pretty cool!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Local branding specialists and regular client, Torque Branding have announced a new range of motorsport themed apparel and accessories under the ‘Full Torque Gear‘ brand. As part of this announcement, the company will have branding on Alex Welch’s Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in the Pirelli World Challenge.
I was commissioned by Torque branding to produce a launch illustration which combined Alex’s existing livery (an ex-Parr Motorsport car) and car with Full Torque Gear’s coloration in full vector. This will also form the header for their to be launched website.
2015 Pirelli World Challenge ‘TC’ Champion, Corey Fergus will move up to the GT Cup class of the Pirelli series with an updated livery on his new racecar, a Porsche 991 GT3 Cup Car. I designed the original AERO livery on his championship winning Porsche Cayman for the 2015 season from a joint commission by Corey and AERO paint films.
The livery has proved successful and recognizable in the crowded PWC grid in 2015, so the best approach was to update it to fit on the new 997.
Slightly different proportions and additional sponsor requirements resulted in an extensive rework on the side to ensure it was resolved on the longer wheelbase car. No cutting corners here.
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.
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.
First items focused on the generations of the iconic Porsche 911. A graphic featuring the outline of each 911 generation was used for quality t-shirts and mugs while a detailed illustration of the 911 generations pieced together provided an alternative option for the Porsche owner ahead of Christmas.
Items are available exclusively from the Porsche Centre in Langley, BC
AERO paint films and Race driver, Corey Fergus, recently approached me to design a livery for his new Motorsports Promotion Porsche Cayman which he will compete in the the Pirelli World Challenge. With AERO as a partner, it was important to showcase the paint films which they create as well as supply other racers including Michael Shank Racing and my designs for CJ Wilson Mazda MX-5 (CTSC) and Tyler McQuarrie Racing’s Chevrolet Camaro (Formula Drift). Continue Reading
The Saudi-Falcons return to the Porsche GT3 Challenge Middle East championship this weekend in Qatar, with 2012/3 ‘Silver’ Challenge Champion, Faisal Binladen driving a newly liveried Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.
The team has previously raced in multiple series including the 24Hr Dubai in a Chrome Green based livery, but for 2015, we decided to mix it up a little.
Earlier this year, I was commissioned to produce a livery for Proton Competition, one of the Porsche supported teams which competes in the WEC and Le Mans. Along with Falken Tire (who I also assisted with their 2014 991 livery), they are the only non-factory team to run a new generation Porsche 991.
In 2013, Proton changed their livery to Silver and Black design, based on Tully’s sponsorship in the US for Patrick Dempsey. For 2014 the team wanted a design which flowed along the car, not too complicated as very little time was left to design and wrap but retain the Silver and Black. As you can see, at this point, the car was to have significant branding from Eyecoon and Remus. The Remus face has been subtly adjusted so the eyes fit on the air outlet blades.
Long time client, Saudi-Falcons showed off their all new Porsche 991 GT3 Cup cars this week ahead of the opening round of the Porsche 911 GT3 Challenge Middle East this weekend.
Developed from the 2012/13 livery, the design has evolved with the Saudi Falcon graphic moved rearward on the all new car to accommodate series branding and other sponsors. As before, the two car team will run in different colours. Previous Champion and Red Bull Athelete , Abdulaziz Turki Al Faisal will run in Blue and Chrome Blue while current silver GT3 Challenge ME ‘Silver’ Champion, Faisal Binladen will run in the tradition Green and Chrome Green associated with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Watch out for a full post, but in the meantime, check out the rest of these awesome images from Abduallah Al Rodan and Crank and Piston here.
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This is a great example on how a team or sponsor can use the Spotter Guide artwork to help their VIP’s and guesta at the circuit, in addition to building brand awareness.
Porsche North American agency, Momentum Worldwide, contacted me last month to create a special ‘z-card’ Porsche Spotter Guide layout for their VIP’s at Petit Le Mans. Porsche has a huge presence at the blue riband events such as Petit Le Mans and have their own building constructed on top of the hill, above the pits.
John Dagys of Sportscar365.com writes, “Porsche North America is expecting a high demand for its new Porsche 991 GT America race car which is likely to dominate the GTD class of the new Tudor United Sports Car Championship.”
The 991 GT America is based off the new 991 Cup car and I have full vector templates drawn up for both cars for any teams who would like to commission full livery designs or quick sponsorship mock-ups.
I have a large collection of vehicle templates and access to data and assets from many manufacturers to ensure current and future templates are the most accurate available, including other GT3 machinery likely to fill GTD including the McLaren MP4-12 GT3, BMW Z4 GT3, Ferrari F458 and Audi R8 LMS
Do not hesitate to contact me if you require further information.
Nick Fousekis, Director, Motorsports Marketing and Events at Falken Tire in North America recently commissioned me to create some quick Photoshop renders to showcase his latest project. A Porsche 911 with a GM DV8 engine! The build is supported by Andy Blackmore Design, Falken and HRE amongst others and will be based on a 996 chassis with various body and aero changes to make the car look like a road going 997 GT3 RSR!
Various elements on the car have been cleaned up including the side air intakes and various fixings while the build will be devoid of a ALMS style rear wing.