Top Ten One-Off Formula One Liveries - Part 2
21 July 2013 – Following on from Part 1 of our special 'Top Ten One-Off Formula One Liveries' feature, which listed cars ten through to six, here are the final top five designs as chosen by GPUpdate.net.
5. Ferrari F2001 – Italian Grand Prix 2001
Harking back to a bygone era when cars ran without sponsorship decals, Ferrari adopted plain Italian red with a black nose-cone at Monza in 2001. The race marked the first Grand Prix weekend following the terrorist attacks on September 11, with many teams altering their liveries in order to pay their respects. The Ferrari design was the most poignant however, with the beautiful bare red reminding the world that a show of solidarity was worth much more than the words and logos of corporate marketing.
4. Red Bull RB2 – Monaco Grand Prix 2006
The second of three Red Bulls on this list, the self-styled ‘party team’ has toned down its festivities in recent years as the chance to claim some serious silverware has become reality. In a promotional stunt for the movie ‘Superman Returns’, Red Bull gave you a cape rather than wings, with David Coulthard donning his on the Monaco podium following his third place finish in 2006. The livery itself was pretty stylish; the cape billowing from the cockpit towards the rear-wing, adding to the sensation of speed as the car flew around the Monte Carlo streets.
3. Lola T97/30 – Australian Grand Prix 1997
This was never meant to be a one-off livery, but the regrettable fate of the Lola team in 1997 dictated that it became just that. It is a strange irony that one of the slowest-ever Formula One cars is also one of the best-looking. In full MasterCard branding, the T97/30 was hopelessly off the pace at the 1997 Australian Grand Prix. Nevertheless, the white on the top of the car compliments the red, yellow and blue side scheme perfectly, even offsetting the bulkiness of the underdeveloped chassis. If only the team had managed to get their hands on more of that credit card cash...
2. Red Bull RB1 – Monaco Grand Prix 2005
Red Bull’s promotional partnership with Star Wars was the perfect match. The sci-fi film series prominently features futuristic technology, whilst Formula One teams are constantly pushing the boundaries of engineering. The result of the tie-up was a stunning livery. The Star Wars logo is well placed and in keeping with the existing colour-scheme, flames threaten to envelope the sides of the car, and the words ‘Welcome to the Dark Side’ feature on the bargeboard. It just simply looks cool. In a film genre generally considered to be reserved for those who have little interest in sport, that achievement is no easy feat. Not to mention that the pit crew also donned full Stormtrooper gear, complete with Darth Vader as the lollypop man.
1. BAR 006 – Chinese Grand Prix practice 2004
When BAR first entered the sport following the buyout of Tyrrell by British American Tobacco, this was the livery fans were hoping to see. They very nearly had their wish, as the team initially tried to run two separate designs: the 555 colour-scheme was intended for Ricardo Zonta’s car, with Jacques Villeneuve due to display Lucky Strike branding. A ruling by the FIA put pay to that idea, and the squad’s solution for 1999 was to introduce a zipper, separating the two colour schemes on either side of a single car. In each season thereafter, the team chose to stick solely with Lucky Strike. Anthony Davidson showed fans what they had been missing in practice for the 2004 Chinese Grand Prix, when a true 555 design - minus the zipper - finally took to the track. Made famous from the success of Subaru in the World Rally Championship, the glistening night-sky blue and golden yellow of the 555 brand gives rise to a truly magnificent-looking Formula One car.
You can view Part 1 of the Top Ten One-Off Formula One Liveries feature here.