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#101 Amphicar

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 11:40

I'm actually fine with chrome. Why not replace the Vodafone red with orange after the sponsorship runs out?
McLaren have their new colour, and their historic colour.
Everybody wins. I think it would look cool.

Unfortunately, the accent colour will always relate to the title sponsor - hence red for Vodafone. So if by some unlikely alignment of the planets, Orange mobile phones were to replace Vodafone as title sponsor, you would get your wish. Sadly, it is more likely to be one of Carlos Slim's companies - most likely Telmex, whose colour is blue.

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#102 Skinnyguy

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 11:49

McLaren need not concern themselves with a small group of fans who wish there to be a livery change every 3 years, if you want


Uhoh, you got it wrong. You should have a read. It´s not change for the sake of changing, it´s change because what you have now sucks. I wouldn´t be complaining about the livery staying the same if it was still black/silver (it would be around 15 years old by now!) or a good looking chrome one ala 2006. This livery sucks, that´s the only reason why I´m eager for a change here, but I´m OK with Ferrari´s livery, which has been around for waaaay longer.

Hope you got it now.

#103 JRizzle86

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:00

I think i got it fine the first time to be honest.

#104 Skinnyguy

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:07

I think i got it fine the first time to be honest.


No. Read again: You think people complaining want livery changes every 3 years for the sake of it. But I´m one of them and I wouldn´t mind they kept their previous gorgeous livery for 15 years by now, while I can´t stand this relatively young one.

I don´t want constant livery changes, I won´t bad looking and boring liveries away, and beatiful liveries to stay.

And I´ll add now, this livery could do with small changes. Something like Sauber did for this year, small colour tone changes would make a hell of a difference. 2006 shows it.

#105 Tombstone

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:13

I like the current livery a lot, far better than the grubby looking West one.

That said I do favour the Marlboro livery, it's what I grew up with.

#106 JRizzle86

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:18

No. Read again: You think people complaining want livery changes every 3 years for the sake of it. But I´m one of them and I wouldn´t mind they kept their previous gorgeous livery for 15 years by now, while I can´t stand this relatively young one.

I don´t want constant livery changes, I won´t bad looking and boring liveries away, and beatiful liveries to stay.

And I´ll add now, this livery could do with small changes. Something like Sauber did for this year, small colour tone changes would make a hell of a difference. 2006 shows it.


You aren't convincing me. We will have to agree to disagree.

#107 ixnay

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:20

I prefer the West livery. But I'd like to see the Orange return as well.

#108 oetzi

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:41

Here's the thing. Chrome looks good on a race car, on a road car, no. It just doesn't and people have tried. In fact there are numerous cars in the middle east attempting it.
It looks ridiculous, probably why when McLaren releases a new road car they tend to use Orange to hark back to the early days of McLaren.

Which is why I doubt it'll last. It doesn't have the same value to the brand that red does for Ferrari, the obvious visual tie-in between F1 and their road cars.

#109 bub

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 13:33

Not a fan of chrome on anything tbh.

#110 bogi

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 15:25

Orange is good, but you can't stick sponsors on orange.

Thats why they use chrome, looks much better with other colors.

#111 EvanRainer

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 17:13

My problem with chrome is not so much the "colour" of it i.e. the silvery/greyish type colour.

It's the shinyness/reflective quality of it I don't like. Too bling.

#112 chumma

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 19:43

My problem with chrome is not so much the "colour" of it i.e. the silvery/greyish type colour.

It's the shinyness/reflective quality of it I don't like. Too bling.

They have toned it down since 2006.

#113 EvanRainer

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 19:50

Here's an idea, I wonder if someone could do a photoshop job of the West livery but with the Vodafone red swish where the "west" was and use chrome instead of the silver/grey. See what that looks like. I bet better.

#114 chumma

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 19:53

Here's an idea, I wonder if someone could do a photoshop job of the West livery but with the Vodafone red swish where the "west" was and use chrome instead of the silver/grey. See what that looks like. I bet better.

And what of the rear wing? It would have to be red too and that would look terrible, unless the wing was blue with yellow Lucozade writing, and that would look terrible too haha.

#115 werks prototype

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 23:12

Light hearted topic here. One more year, we get exactly the same livery from McLaren. While it´s not too bad looking, it´s got boring for me, and it´s certainly not better than previous ones (Red-white from 90´s, West Livery, first chrome livery with Fly Emirates orange...).

So share your view: Are you sick of this livery already or you still like it? How long it´s supposed to stay (any info on contracts with sponsors?)? What would you like for the future?


The return of Yardley!



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#116 Gold

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 02:38

I don't know how many here have actually seen a chrome and rocket red Mclaren (2007-2013) in real life.

Video's don't really do it justice as it's not red but in reality is a very bright fluorescent orange.

Chrome and this color together are "men's" colors in marketing. Same as why Gillette Fusion razors has orange and blue also a "men's" combination.

Having seen the chrome and neon orange combo in real life I personally love it, but I think they could have done much more with it, like two tone chrome paints, less black, etc. but thats my opinion.

In terms of thought out color combinations (down to altering drivers helmets to suit the overall design) I think McLaren have no equal on the grid though.

#117 V8 Fireworks

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 02:50

Would Google not have a preference for chrome?

Chrome sure it is a competent browser (for the most part). The slick interface with little animations, even works well and snappily on an old windows pc (where internet explorer itself runs at the pace of a snail, let alone crashing should adobe be called up to render a pdf... no comparison at all to Chrome's superior in-built pdf support, which will load in an instant).

Sometimes Safari will be more happy to actually load a page correctly on a Mac though, even though both browsers are Webkit.

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#118 V8 Fireworks

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 02:54

Here's the thing. Chrome looks good on a race car, on a road car, no. It just doesn't and people have tried. In fact there are numerous cars in the middle east attempting it.

Matte not black but I believe it's green or maroon looks ridiculous too. Doesn't stop Hyundai putting it on a fwd hatchback from the factory!

For all they can try, ultimately Hyundai and KIA are a little handicapped in brand image for never having won an F1 race or any other major motorsport IMO. Whilst the likes of Ford can read off a list of major victories as long as your arm, and their new mainstream German/American co-designed cars are quite competent, for example...

#119 V8 Fireworks

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 03:02

Sponsors aren't an issue. Which of their current sponsors has chrome as a corporate colour? I do feel they're due for a change - chrome is flashy, and flashy dates. And it has.

Be careful what you wish for!

Are you sure that all Vodafone day-glo red would be an improvement?;)

Option A:
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Option B:
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:| I still prefer option B, IMO.

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#120 Dunc

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 16:21

OT Did McLaren not run a Marlboro Lights colour scheme at one race in the 80s?

I'm not a big fan of chrome. It made sense to me when they were the Mercedes works team, or sponsored by West, but not it just looks dull. I'd much prefer an orange car.



#121 Anja

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 17:38

OT Did McLaren not run a Marlboro Lights colour scheme at one race in the 80s?

You mean the one with yellow instead of red? It was in 1986, Portuguese GP.

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#122 Diderlo

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 17:38

I think chrome is ok, but that's it. Not good, not bad. Just ok.

I liked West liveries more. That steelish look was a bit more "manly"/"mature". But that's just an opinion, no offence.

#123 Atreiu

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 18:35

Totally agree. Silver was better than chrome, black better than red.

#124 10e10

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 18:39

You mean the one with yellow instead of red? It was in 1986, Portuguese GP.

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It almost brings pain to my eyes! :eek: