After the success of last year's top 50 liveries countdown, we present you the Winter Olympics of the F1 world, the one off-liveries.
Pre-season testing often presents great hype and interest about which teams, if any, will run special edition liveries in its honour.
We selected 44 designs, before further cutting down to 40 liveries. Here's the sixth part.
Rules - liveries must only be used for one race/occasion per chassis. Any livery, which appears on multiple cars but uses the same basic design and is only used at one event per chassis, is allowed, although shall be grouped.
15. Red Bull Racing - 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix
For David Coulthard’s final race at the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix, Red Bull sought out FIA's approval to run a special edition livery on the Scott's car to promote Wings for Life - a charity backed by Red Bull. The livery didn’t work, the block white didn’t suit the lines and angles on the car and the bulls looked out of place. The livery, however, was saved by some red and blue lines on the side of the nose, and it’s charitable cause allows it to make the top 15 - although it lacks the design to trouble the top 10.
14. Honda F1 Team - 2006 Turkish Grand Prix.
When BAR-Honda signed a one-race sponsorship deal with Turkish firm Petrol Ofisi for their home race, the team opted for a more red-heavy livery. The colour complimented the Honda brand and the design was far from unattractive. However, it looked like a poor man's Toyota and despite its Japanese patriotism, it spent its sole race in its compatriot Toyota’s shadow (in terms of eye candy anyway).
13. Williams F1 Team - 2000 Michelin Tyre Test
In 2000, German BMW test driver Jorg Muller ran a Williams F1 car in order to help test Michelin’s tyres ahead of the new season. The car was adorned in a plain white livery with Michelin sponsorship on its rear. What makes the car special though is the brand exposure. A Michelin man logo on the front nose cone and engine cover made it instantly recognisable and as a result gets it in our top 15. Simple but effective.
12. Jordan F1 Team - 1991 Launch Livery
The Jordan 191 is considered as one of the greatest liveries of all time. While the 7up livery is now synonymous with the debut of legendary racer Michael Schumacher, the Jordan challenger that year was not always meant to look like that. Firstly the chassis had originally being named the 911. Unfortunately for the Irish Team, German manufacturer Porsche had already trademarked that for their famous supercar. Not only did the Jordan team need to rename but they also had to redesign. Instead of the green and blue was a sleek gloss-black livery with some yellow writing to identify the team. Little did we know then how iconic yellow and black would become with the team even if the colours were inverted from this design. The classic shape and simple nature of this car got it high up this list but like so many others it lacked the uniqueness to break the top 10.
11. Red Bull Racing - 2005 Launch Livery.
When the Austrian energy drink giants Red Bull bought out Jaguar in late 2004, the team turned up in a livery far different to that we would become used to. Sure it had a few bulls on, but it was not plain blue, matte or gloss. Instead the team opted to have their car look like a can. The rarity of a quadrant livery in F1 and the complimenting colours of the blue and silver made the car turn heads. While whether it was nicer than the design they actually ran is up for debate, what can’t be questioned is the way it was recognisable and the way it showed off the brand. Finally, if you’re ever reading this Red Bull designer, please run this design on a race car in the near future just to spice it up a little, thank you.
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by Matthew Gannon