Hispania shows first pics of new F111

HRT has gone for a dramatic livery for the F111

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…



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15 responses to “Hispania shows first pics of new F111

  1. Gordon

    Still no main sponsor then? Judging by the subtle “this could be you” logo on the sidepod 🙂

  2. Peter G

    Looks garbage.
    Might not look out of place in INDY CAR , but, not in F1.

    And the ” This could be you ” sections.. Not a good effect at all 😦

  3. Chris Burchell

    Ok, so they’ve gone down the route of honda when they got Simon fuller to stuff up that team…. Link That really went well. are Philippe Adams, or Paul Belmondo still available for the other seat…

  4. Don’t like it that much. Now that Renault are not going to run in their black & yellow, someone should use those colours. When I first saw the pic I thought “not another red and white livery”. A few years ago, most of the cars were red and white. Thankfully not any more.

    Also, it’s pretty obvious that apart from a couple of small Tata stickers, the rest of the car basically says “your logo here”.

  5. Craig

    I’m waiting for the photoshop featuring a crash test dummy with ‘this could be you’ on it too ;).

    Seriously though the car itself looks better than last year and hopefully it’ll do some testing this time and bring in some sponsorship and that 2nd driver.

  6. jabooka

    I liked them better when they were all black – it was easy to spot them, and not to hurt your eyes like on this paint job. Regardless of final livery, hope to see some improvements in performance from HRT, they have much bigger fish to fry (reliability, weight, handling, more than 3sec-per-lap slower car…) than what will be colors of their cars. In the end, we all want to see 12 competitive teams and not just 4 or 5.

    • Stone the crows

      Where they actually black? I thought it was sort of a dark grey, the F110 always reminded me of a child’s plastic model kit that had been hastily assembled and not painted yet. This does have a bit of the Indycar feel to it, it isn’t terrible just rather mundane, and hardly lives up to the hype we’ve heard about all the new artwork and designs for HRT.

  7. Stone the crows

    “This could be you.” Is that a come-on to potential sponsors, or a public service announcement for anyone considering starting their own Formula One team from scratch?

  8. Jake

    I may be odd man here, but I like the HRT livery. Better than last year’s by far. Definitely sexier than the Sauber, but then the Flintstones’ car is sexier than the Sauber …

    • Stone the crows

      Yes, much sexier than the Sauber. I have a very high regard for Peter, but he just doesn’t seem to have much concern for the esthetics of things does he?

  9. CTP

    It’s a good looking car. If it exists.

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