McLaren’s Revised Livery Is, Astonishingly, An Improvement

Glory be! They’ve actually hired a designer!

The Good:

• It’s not the previous one
• The colour scheme is nice
• White sponsors on the “graphite” background look good
• The orange wing mirrors are gone

The Bad:
• Still no major sponsor
• Still somewhat dull
• Still a bit too much like the Force India

The Ugly:
• Extra swooshy line on the nose is baffling, and makes the car look like it has a stepped nose

In summary: we’ll call this a step in the right direction, but it’d be ten times better without that extra nose stripe, and they’d have ten times the goodwill from us if they’d just launched with it in the first place. And for GOD’S SAKE GET A SPONSOR, RON.



    May 6, 2015 at 11:42 am

    The top view with the red-outlined drivers number, that looks really good. I also like more red on the sidepod top, though its shape is a bit more ‘wild’/rounded than the rest of the livery.

    Extra swooshy line – might it be a leftover from being inspired by that iconic livery of ‘red’ chevrons on a white background McLaren had when they were sponsored by a certain tobacco brand in – but now with ‘graphite-grey’ background, and rounded to have some of the McLaren swoosh in there?


    May 6, 2015 at 12:47 pm



    May 8, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    I agree, not a bad livery but the swoosh half way down the nose kills it.


    May 9, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    It’s a meaningless livery.

    Imagine a Mclaren painted in multiple tone paint (e.g. Pearlescent white transparent glow and Transparent glow RAL3026) alternating the edges between the complementary colours and changing as you walk around the car as if the car itself was slowly being rotated not in the 3rd but in the 4th spatial dimension, the W axis, perfectly perpendicular to x, y and z.

    Imagine what that looks like not walking around it but out on track.

    The F1 design world would stand still in shock and awe and understand that a new era in livery design had finally arrived in the 21st century.


    May 29, 2015 at 9:52 am

    I like it, much better than the previous effort, but its still not perfect. what is it with the red swoosh on the nose? It looks awful on the GP2 car.
    A for effort but still lagging behind the others.

    Simon cowie

    July 10, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    Does anyone know the specific colour/Pantone that mclaren use for the red colour on their 2016 car

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