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Featured McLaren-Honda unveils revised F1 livery for 2015

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by R.J. O'Connell, May 6, 2015.

  1. R.J. O'Connell

    R.J. O'Connell
    Commentator/Contributor Staff Premium Member

    On the eve of this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix, McLaren Honda have unveiled a completely overhauled livery for their MP4-30 chassis.

    In a press release from McLaren released today, the team said, "The new livery improves the MP4-30’s visual impact, optimising it for not only bright sunshine but also for the floodlights increasingly used in twilight and night races. The result is a dynamic, predatory, graphite-grey colouration, complemented by McLaren-dayglo 'Speedmarks' and keylines, reducing the reflection issues caused by our latest chrome-silver treatment."


    More of the McLaren speedmarks have been added to the top of the sidepods and the nose of the car. The number font on the front of the car has also been altered to a more distinct style, and the McLaren logo has been added to the rear wing. The change in livery does not bring with it the addition of a title sponsor, which McLaren has been without since the departure of Vodafone at the end of the 2013 season.


    Behind the aesthetic overhaul, racing director Eric Boullier and the rest of the McLaren Honda personnel have been working diligently to bring the pace of the MP4-30 and its Honda power unit up to speed with the front runners. They are yet to score a championship point this season, with Fernando Alonso recording the team's best finish to date in Bahrain - in 11th - and Jenson Button unable to start the race due to recurring electrical issues.

    “We’re certainly going into the beginning of the European leg of the season with a positive frame of mind," said Boullier. "Of course, we can never be satisfied with our results until we’re fighting for regular victories. However, I’m very pleased with our progress and the efforts of the entire team – both within McLaren and Honda – and we go to Spain hopeful that we can make further progress there.

    “During the three-week break between Bahrain and Spain, we’ve been working very productively on every front to bring improvements to the car. We know that one fix or upgrade won’t provide a significant upturn in performance, so we’re united in our continued efforts to bring further gains to both chassis and power unit, in terms of both reliability and outright performance, step by step."

    Is the new-look McLaren MP4-30 an improvement over its previous livery? Will the team continue to close the gap to the front runners in this weekend's race in Catalunya? Discuss this in the comments below, and for more F1 discussion, check out the Formula 1 forums at RaceDepartment.
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  2. Lorenzo Bonder

    Lorenzo Bonder
    The self-proclaimed "BADASS" driver of RD. Staff

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  3. Timmieturner12

    Premium Member

    Wow, looks way better than the previous one. It looks indeed beautiful, almost made me:cry:
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  4. Dan Allen

    Dan Allen
    I am the Pastor Maldonado of RaceDepartment.

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  5. James Cook

    James Cook
    Marcas fan

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  6. Aidan Keranen

    Aidan Keranen
    #4 2KF1 Racing RDGPC|LoL/RL Caster@AussieGamingTV Premium Member

    There is someone that is extremely unhappy with this it seems looking at the various ratings given out.
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  7. Bram

    Roaring Pipes Maniacs | #27 Staff Premium Member

    Much much better than their livery of the first few races. Like it!
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  8. Torcano

    #21 MPB Clan Premium Member

    Looks like some sort of mean, evil butterfly in the top view to me LOL. Something like Battra from those old Godzilla movies. According to MCM a good paintjob will add 10 more horsepower to the car atleast, so let's see how much performance this livery will give to the car. :roflmao:

  9. R.J. O'Connell

    R.J. O'Connell
    Commentator/Contributor Staff Premium Member

    I'll say this:

    Yes, it's another black and red car in a series that's been oversaturated. No, it's not a 1:1 replica of the Marlboro livery (and as long as it isn't, most people will still hate it).

    It's still a vast improvement over the previous livery.
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  10. Decenten

    Driver of the #73 Team OGMRZ Holden V8SC Premium Member

    They should paint there car red and maybe that might allow them to keep up with the Force Indias :p
  11. Very nice but the side pods look a little blank
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  12. My is it dull. From any angle but above its dull dull dull. McLaren is apparently angsty over their lack of success this season.
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  13. Frederic Schornstein

    Frederic Schornstein
    TXL Racing Premium Member

    The speed marks add at least 20kph in top speed ;)
  14. Justin

    #1 overuser of the :P emoticon

    McLaren are getting into the spirit of being a backmarker by making a tribute to HRT's livery in 2010 :p


    Truth be told I prefer this livery to the old one. Should look better on the track.
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  15. Nothing like being reduced to praising less bad.
  16. Marian Zelenka

    Marian Zelenka
    The downforce is strong with this one. Premium Member

    I don't like it. Poor livery for a poor car.

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  17. airutonpurosuto8912


    Better than before.
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  18. Not a fan of the top view, but overall nice. It's a very nice car in general.

    Let's just hope it looks different from the Force India on TV. Should Force India been allowed to go forward with their scheme seeing that its a blatant ripoff of McLaren's 2014 livery...?
  19. realitychecked


    They'll change liveries too, probably when the B-spec car unveils.