The most extravagant liveries in motorsport
The are dozens of iconic racing liveries, from Gulf and Martini to the standard factory colors and basically anything related to cigarettes. We all know them, we've all seen them a million times. They won't appear in this list however. What you'll see here are some of the most extravagant, weird and straight up questionable liveries ever seen on a race car.
'Human' Corvette C7.R - Larbre competition
Not to be outdone by the well known art cars of BMW, Larbre competition decided to make one of their own. Street artist Rami Adek was given a blank canvas in the form of a Corvette C7R and the result was a comic book inspired livery with one hell of a party trick.
Since this car was to compete in the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans that meant it was gonna spend some time in the dark. To make it stand out, Adek used a special glow in the dark paint made by a company called DayGlo. The most colorful car of the grid managed to qualify on pole in GTE Am class.
'Evangelion' Lamborghini Huracan GT3 - EVA racing
The first of three Japanese racing teams to feature on this list is EVA racing. Since 2012 they've been active in the Japanese Super GT, endurance racing and motorcycle racing scene. All of their vehicles have paint jobs from the famous anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion, where giant "robots" fight giant "aliens" to prevent the end of the world.
They even have a yearly competition to decide their grid girls, or as they like to call it: "Racequeens". The girls get to spend the entire racing season posing next to the cars dressed as female characters from the series. And trust me, that's mild compared to the other Japanese stuff on this list...
'Crocodile' Audi R8 - Audi Sport North America
The last round of the 2000 American Le Mans Series was held at the other side of the world in Australia. The "race of a thousand years" was held at the Adelaide street circuit on the last day of the year. The total race distance was supposed to be 1000 kilometers but was later shortened as they realized they might finish in 2001.
Le Mans winner Allan McNish and his team mate Rinaldo Capello won the race and the championship title in their Audi R8 sporting a livery in honor of Australia. McNish ended up setting the fastest non-F1 car lap time around the track.
'Love Live!' Porsche 911 GT3 R - Pacific Racing Team
Yes, Japan does indeed have multiple anime liveried race cars. The whole anime industry in Japan is comparable to Hollywood in the US. Pacific Racing Team is not shy of running these types of liveries on their cars.
After 'Squid girl' and 'Ghost in the Shell: Arise' came the 'Love Life!' livery. Whereas EVA racing from earlier had giant machine gun wielding death robots, Pacific Racing Team ended up with a music group consisting of teenage high school girls...only in Japan.
'Red Lobster' March 83G - Executone
The fastest sea creature in the world is this 720 horsepower, 340 Km/h March 83G run by privateers David Cowart and Kenper Miller in the Camel GT racing series. Stephen Bach, the man who decorated buildings of the Red Lobster restaurant chain with his paintwork, was asked to use his painting expertise on the March.
the International Motor Sport Association leased the car from Miller and Cowart to use it as a promotional tool for the racing series. The marketing campaign that followed made it an instant fan favorite.
'Dogecoin' Ford NASCAR stock car - Josh Wise
Bitcoin is now the most talked about virtual currency but people often forget about Dogecoin. A currency based around the Doge meme. When Josh Wise was without a main sponsor in 2014, the Dogecoin community on Reddit set out to help Wise and raised 55.000 Dollars in less than a week.
After a few races Wise hinted at possibly racing the big All Star Race if he either won a showdown race or got voted in by fans. Famous female driver Danica Patrick also had the chance to be voted in. To no avail however was Josh Wise won the vote with an enourmous lead thanks to the popularity of the Dogecoin race car.
'Hatsune Miku' BMW Z4 GT3 - Goodsmile Racing
The last, but certainly not least, is the BMW Z4 GT3 of Goodsmile racing. Featured on the car is the Japanese virtual pop star Hatsune Miku. Team Goodsmile racing has featured her on many of their race cars and continue to do so with their current Mercedes-AMG GT3 race car.
The reason why i have picked their 2014 BMW is because it has it's own theme song and action figure. Yes, you read that right. See for yourself.