It’s Time For McLaren To Bring Back The Orange Livery

There was a time, and it wasn’t so long ago, that you couldn’t miss a McLaren on the grand prix circuit. They were usually somewhere at the front of the field, and they sported unmistakable liveries. These days, though, the British team’s cars are typically languishing somewhere near the back, wearing a nondescript color scheme that makes them all too easy to ignore.

If McLaren is ever going to return to prominence, it’s going to need more than a fresh coat of paint. But it’d be as good a place to start as any. That’s why we’re suggesting that the team ditch its current black and red livery and paint its cars orange instead.

Why orange, you ask? Because that’s the color that founder Bruce McLaren used to paint his cars back in the day. Orange wasn’t the national racing color of his home country of New Zealand, nor that of his adoptive base in Great Britain. But the color served him and his team well, and helped make their cars stand out from the crowd wherever they raced – in F1, Indy, Can-Am, and elsewhere.

As sponsor logos increasingly dictated the liveries racing teams used on their cars, McLaren adopted a changing array of color schemes. It wore white with red chevron stripes under Marlboro sponsorship, black and silver in its West tobacco days, and a shining chrome livery while Vodafone footed the bill. But the team needed to make a visually clean break when it parted ways with Mercedes and brought Honda back into the fold. So it ditched the silver and kept the red and black. But we think that was a mistake.

The Automotive division responsible for those fantastic supercars has embraced orange as its signature color. So has the GT racing division. It’s time for the F1 team – around which all the group’s other operations revolve – to get on board. It’d help us all keep an eye on its cars as the storied team claws its way back up to its former glory that has made it the second most accomplished team in F1 history – second only to its arch-rivals from Maranello, whose iconic red livery is never lost in the crowd. At very least, it’d keep the McLarens from looking too comfortable in the back or middle of the field where it finds itself today.

Photo Gallery

2020 Nissan Juke Is Such A Tease, Debuts September 3 (Updated)

Nissan’s funky crossover is growing up for its all-new second-generation that’s coming this fall.

Hardcore 2020 BMW M2 CS To Debut At LA Auto Show In November?

The M2 CS will reportedly pump out 444 HP and, thanks to the use of carbon fiber, also be lighter than the Competition.

James Bond’s Original Aston Martin DB5 Sells For $6,385,000

Pre-auction estimates indicated the gadget-filled DB5 would go for between $ 4 million and $6 million. It exceeded them.

We Can’t Wait For Someone To Build A C8 Corvette 4×4

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray works well as a soft off-roader like the Huracan Sterrato.

If This Ferrari 458 Italia Video Won’t Get Your Heart Pumping, Check Your Pulse

The marvelous 4.5-liter, naturally aspirated V8 is the last of its kind, as for its successor Ferrari switched to forced induction.

Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita Roars With Bespoke Titanium Exhaust

Out of the three ever made, this CCXR Trevita is the only one in the States and used to be owned by Floyd Mayweather.

How About An As-Good-As-New 2002 Mercedes G-Class For $80k?

This G-Wagen has got a 63 AMG look, just 31 miles on the odo and, despite being in the UK, is left-hand drive.

Aston Martin Vantage Has Few Letdowns, Looks Drop-Dead Gorgeous

The engaging driving experience is 10 times better in a car that looks as good as the Vantage.

At 4,225 Pounds, The 2020 Shelby Mustang GT500 Is One Heavy Brute

Good thing Ford fitted six-piston brakes up front and four-piston ones at the rear to help the 760 HP ‘Stang stop as it should.

And Then There Were Three: BMW’s Finest Vie For The Crown Of Best M Car Ever

Picking a winner between the E30 M3, E46 M3 CSL and M2 Competition is certainly not an easy task.