The McLaren Formula 1 team gets a makeover with new racing livery for the 2018 season. At the team’s official launch in Navarra, Spain, the MCL33 was unveiled in Papaya Spark, an arresting shade developed by performance coating partner AkzoNobel. The livery takes its cues from McLaren’s archive and history: McLaren first used papaya in 1968 at the request of founder Bruce McLaren while accents in Burton Blue and Cerulean Blue reflect the team’s racing heritage.
AkzoNobel has been employing its advances in coatings technology to give McLaren the greatest advantage possible in colour, protection and performance since 2008. Collaborative innovations between the two have enabled the F1 team to significantly reduce the total weight of paint and halve the processing time. The water-based coating systems also boast the latest UV curing primer technology while significantly reducing emissions in production, putting McLaren in the forefront of the sustainability race for the new F1 season.