Glorious Orange

Well, they promised us a change. They teased. And teased. And teased some more. And carried on teasing to the extent that it became kind of annoying, to be honest. And now the day has finally come. The new McLaren is orange.

Okay, so it’s not the all-over job of the classic ’60s or testing liveries, instead mixing it with black and white swooping lines and sections. Okay, it looks a little bit like a Spyker or (in certain light) a Manor. Okay, it still doesn’t have a title sponsor. But come on, let’s put all of that aside – the new McLaren is orange.

(Also, the new uniforms look pretty great)

Does it make up for the disappointment of 2015? Almost. Not quite, but almost. At the very least, it shows a team willing to recognise the importance and significance of their livery, and how F1 fans engage with it. It’s what many of us have been clamouring for them to do for years, and you can’t accuse them of ignoring us (nor of passing up the opportunity to milk it as a publicity stunt for all it’s worth).

It almost feels like now that it’s finally happened, we ought to just shut this entire site down…

(But we won’t, because we’ve still got the Merc and Ferrari to round up – not to mention a surfeit of launches this Sunday… cor, it’s been some week, hasn’t it?)



    February 24, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    If anything, in style (and in certain light) it puts in mind the Virgin racing effort from a few years ago.

    Putting aside the fact they’ve actually paid attention to livery this year, I’m feeling a sense of anti-climax. Is that silver or white on orange? The driver uniforms are the tidiest part, but the car itself instinctively feels more back-marker than front-runner. I’m wishing now they’d been a bit braver and gone with that Richard Mille collaboration from a few weeks back. At least that was original.


    February 24, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    you are certainly right there Seb. What a week!! – but lot of excitement and news.
    back the mclaren, we love the orange (and the title is spot on) we love the car (apart from the shark fin) but yes this has been used as a publicity stunt tot he n’th degree, and man did we ever wait with sweaty palms, and they have rewarded our patience. it looks truly stunning. and may i say the drivers look almost s**y (well alonso anyway – but then he good at doing that :))
    all round one excelent peice of work by Mclaren (my fave car so far)


    February 24, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Like this livery


    February 24, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    shame that driver’s numbers are almost invisible on this car


    February 24, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    If they get a title sponsor they would probably place it on the shark fin.


    February 24, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Thank the lord, a damn great livery.


      February 24, 2017 at 6:32 pm

      Anyone else notice that from the side the swoop on the whole body is the McLaren swish thing? A really nice touch.


    March 14, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    While I get that it could just as easily be a Spyker, I don’t at all get how it looks like a Virgin/Marussia/Manor. I mean, those cars were often red, black and white (up to 2015 of course).
    My favourite livery of the year though, closely followed by the Toro Rosso.


    January 3, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    In 2018 I want papaya orange McLaren. I’d like to see more white on car and more orange on uniform.

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