Good news for fans of McLaren F1 cars in the team’s historic orange colour – they’ve got one on display at the Paris Motor Show.
At first glance I’d say it’s a 2010 MP4-25 without an F-duct. It’s not the same shade as they’re run their cars in more recently – this matches the MP4-12C Spider you can see in the foreground in one of the pictures:
Awful, an assault on my eyes. I love the old McLaren orange/yellow though.
I wonder whether they’ll change back to white and red, now that they have to pay for the Merc engines.
I think that red and white would be a poor choice. they couldn’t do it as in the past, otherwise the association would be with Marlboro rather than Vodafone, ad any other red/white combination has the potential to look bad, like Toyota.
I don’t mind that shade of orange on a road car quite so much, but it looks awful on an F1 car.
if Perez is coming to McLaren then we will see TELMEX in the car instead of Vodafone… so… is a blue McLaren coming?
I’d love the classic McLaren orange livery to return, but this metallic take of it presented on the cars at Paris is a bit too loud.
Perez is no longer a pay driver according to Whitmarsh, so that tells me that Telmex will be on the car but not the title sponser, which means no change of liver, maybe a little but nothing drastic, I however would like it if Telmex were the title sponser I should a revised McLaren livery with some pale blue would be nice since they have had virtually the same liver since 2007.
@sozavele has it not been since 1997?
Perez might not be a pay driver, but that does not mean that Telmex/Claro/America Movil cannot become title sponsor, especially given the uncertainty over Vodafone’s future with the team.
I think Whitmarsh said it because many people when Perez went to Sauber that he was a pay driver. Now that everyone recognises his talent, he isn’t going to McLaren to give them money.
What I mean? I believe that a pay driver is someone that has a seat in a team, he takes it because of money. (eg: Alonso has more money from sponsors than Petrov, but who is the ”paydriver”?)
@scottie I know McLaren has had a greyish silver livery for a long time but wasn’t it around 2006/2007 when the red replaced the black. This is the article I read http://www.newsonf1.co.uk/2012/news/Sep/article_Perez_no_longer_a_pay_driver_Whitmarsh.html
Didn’t McLaren have a yellow test car back in 2006?
No, would have been McLaren orange.
Just wondering, in the picture of the 2006 test cars, what kind of tyres are they running on? Slicks with a single groove in the middle?
Wonderful! Perhaps a bit too dark, but it might be the lighting.
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