The British motor racing team, McLaren, recently revealed a new colour scheme, which will significantly distinguish the team’s cars in the upcoming Formula One races in Singapore and Japan. Eschewing their conventional design, McLaren has opted for a largely black exterior accented by streaks of their signature papaya orange, a design they’ve humorously titled “Stealth Mode”.
This is not the first time McLaren has deviated from its standard livery during the current racing season. This new design represents the team’s third custom colour scheme for the year. They previously introduced a ‘Triple Crown’ theme for the Grand Prix in Monaco and Spain and balancing streaks of chrome into their livery at the British Grand Prix in July. These stylistic changes form part of the team’s 60th-anniversary celebrations, a milestone marking six decades since Bruce McLaren‘s established the esteemed racing team.
Formula One‘s regulations permit occasional aesthetic alterations, stipulating that teams can employ “substantially the same livery at every competition”, with any noteworthy adjustments requiring approval from both the FIA and the Commercial Rights Holder. Clearly confident in their design capacity and compliance with regulations, McLaren has seized the opportunity to refresh its image and invigorate fans with these striking alterations.
Mirroring McLaren‘s initiative, Williams will also introduce a novel racing livery for the approaching races in Singapore, Japan and extending to Qatar as well. This new design will spotlight the iconic colours of Gulf, their title partner.
In further efforts to engage fans, Williams delicately married the worlds of professional motor racing and public opinion by initiating a fan competition to select their new colour scheme. The team revealed that a startling 180,000 fans participated in this unique venture. The winning design bears a striking resemblance to the livery used by McLaren at the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix, a period during which Gulf also partnered with McLaren.