McLaren’s new executive director, Zak Brown, has given the strongest hint yet that we may actually see a McLaren in a livery that goes back to its heritage. Instead of the Ron Dennis era of “predator grey”, the new livery could be, and I stress could be, McLaren orange.
“We’ve shown it to the guys and girls at McLaren and we’re very excited for our future,” he said.
“We’ve just signed off on the car livery and I think the fans will be excited to find out what the car looks like both technically and visually.”
Perhaps parts of the car will be orange or the whole car or maybe none of it but Ron’s insistence that the team would never go backwards and only look forward could be a notion that, in itself, is looking backwards now that he’s gone.
In fairness, sometimes the cars are painted to match the title sponsor color scheme and in the past that’s been the case but there is no title sponsor demanding a purple car from McLaren that I know if so why not go back to the core color that defined McLaren as the racing team it is?
I’ve also called for Renault to get back to French Racing Blue instead of the yellow and black it has stuck with. It’s a good example of how that team changed its color scheme during the ING sponsor days but in my mind, get back to all things French and paint it blue.
We’ll see if McLaren will make a true break of the Ron Dennis era or will this be “predator grey” with splashes of orange? You know, they did have massive success when they were red and white…just saying.
Hat Tip: Motorsport