McLaren-Honda recently launched its 2017 Formula 1 racing car, the MCL32, in new Tarocco Orange livery – a colour developed by AkzoNobel in conjunction with McLaren-Honda.
The company’s colour expertise has enabled the world championship winning Formula 1 team to maintain links to their 1960s roots and heritage, while bringing a new image and sparkle.
The new Tarocco Orange colour provided a striking contrast to matt black and gloss white finish.
“Our colour and coatings expertise shows up in many unexpected places, even in Formula 1,” said AkzoNobel’s Vehicle Refinishes business managing director Peter Tomlinson.
“We share a passion with McLaren for creating efficient, high performance technology; McLaren-Honda Formula 1 team is known for their iconic livery and the new colour will add a new chapter to this, which we are proud to be part of.”
McLaren-Honda will use the company’s premium Sikkens brand for its Formula 1 cars for the whole of the 2017 season, which starts in Melbourne, Australia, on March 26.
McLaren Technology Group COO Jonathan Neale said McLaren has been looking at ways to improve paint technology to its furthest extent since it began its partnership with AkzoNobel in 2008.
“We’ve already explored the practical limits of chrome finishing, reducing our carbon footprint and reducing curing times.
“Now, with the McLaren-Honda MCL32, we’re leveraging AkzoNobel’s colour expertise and technology,” he said.
He added that the partnership has also seen significant progress in reducing the average curing time of bodywork paints by more than half as well as lowering the paint shop’s carbon footprint by up to 80%, and McLaren would continue workng with AkzoNobel on further innovations as it investigates coating possibilities for present and future.
The 2017 MCL32 will be driven by Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne.