At the recent Valencia test Colin Kolles showed me some pics of HRT’s new livery on his Blackberry, and a week later the team has issued them to the world.
The new F111 has been designed in the UK by a team under Geoff Willis and Paul White, and uses a tub built by CarboTech, the Austrian company that has made chassis for Toro Rosso in the recent past, and is also involved with the McLaren road car. HRT hopes to have it ready to run by the Bahrain test.
The car features a dramatic livery designed by Daniel Simon, who has worked for some leading manufacturers and is now working on Hollywood movies. The pics are also the first formal confirmation that Narain Karthikeyan’s personal backer Tata will also be seen on the car.
Kolles says: “The F111 represents a significant step forward for Hispania Racing. We have made a big improvement for starting our second season in Formula 1 and what you see in our new car confirms Hispania Racing´s commitment to F1.
“Daniel has created a wonderfully confident look for our new car which really captures the effort the whole team has put into developing the F111. The car design and the graphic design perfectly complement one another and mark the real beginnings of our ambitions.”
In case you were wondering, the team says the new livery “brings together racing spirit and commercial reality, blending the dual requirements in a seamless, but attractive manner, which reflects the motivated vibe of the Hispania Racing team.”
Simon himself added: “I miss fearless visual statements and large beautiful numbers on today´s racing cars. Playing with the restrictions of what you can do to a complex F1 body is fun. There are many don’ts, but I found a way to lay courageous racing essence on the car.”
A prize to the first person to spot the courageous racing essence! Seriously though, it’s a good effort by HRT. At least it will get noticed…