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.
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.
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.
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.
BimmerWorld Racing will enter their fifth year running ‘Andy Blackmore Design’ liveries in the 2015 Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge. After almost a decade of racing with the E90 chassis, team owner James Clay has upgraded both his entries to their in-house design BMW 328i Turbocharged F30 chassis.
Originally introduced during 2013, complete with an all-new BimmerWorld Racing look, the team have been developing the F30 chassis alongside their older E90 racers. This year, the two entries sport different liveries, but retain a collective look but using similar graphic devices and color-breaks.
The #81 chassis retains the new BimmerWorld Racing look, with a tweak in coloration to tie-up with their new corporate graphics.
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.
Long term client Bimmerworld Racing have been working on a new BMW 328i F30 during the past few months and I have been working on an all-new livery for the team.
The 328i will be the first F30 N20 turbo to be professionally in the world. Livery was signed off this past week and earlier today, Bimmerworld teased the image above on Social Media. Today also saw the car run for the first time.
I was lucky to be invited to Dubai for the recent 24 Hours by the Saudi Falcons team, whom I’d worked with on a number of liveries. CrankandPiston.com, the biggest automotive blog in the Middle East followed the team closely and produced a team feature. I was lucky enough to be included as a member of the team for the weekend. You can read about it here.
C&P also have a great Saudi Falcons gallery from the Dubai 24Hrs here.
2012 ST Team Champions, Bimmerworld will return to the Continental Tires Sports Car Challenge this year. Two of the three cars will feature my liveries, which have been updated for 2013, while I work with the team on their forthcoming BMW F30 3 series racecar.
First round takes place this weekend as support to the Rolex 24Hours at Daytona. Wishing the team the best of luck.
With less than a month to go, The Saudi Falcons have revealed their 2013 Dubai 24hour challenger, which will be run by previous winners, Schubert Motorsport. The two car team will feature the chrome and solid green livery which I designed earlier this year.
The arc’s work particularly well on the side of the Z4 although the oversized number panel proved to be a bit of a headache, but we managed to create a design which doesn’t look too busy despite so many sponsors. Continue Reading
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.
German Model maker, Minichamps has recently launched their two Schubert Motorsport BMW Z4 GT3 racecars from the 2010 Nurburgring 24Hrs. Both liveries were designed by Andy Blackmore and feature the now iconic asymetric Team Need for Speed livery.
Minichamps and Spark Models will also be producing the 2011 cars, complete with wireframe livery and ABD branding on the boot!
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.
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.
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.