Ugh, another case of a bad shade of yellow, terrible but unlike many of the other schemes I have discussed, this one is mixed in with a needlessly bad design that does more to highlight the bad color scheme than it should. The generic car numbers don’t work here either, and what in the world is going on with that design behind the side numbers? It’s ugly, and serves no purpose. This scheme deserves an F.
Black with white lettering is usually a hit for race cars, and this is no exception. The sponsor logos also look really good. The Rainbow Jeanswear logos on the sides look good, I do like the lettering and the design of the logo. I also like the car number font. It’s an A scheme for sure.
I like the addition of metallic silver to the red and blue scheme. The logo placement is really good. Essex had a 1980’s futuristic logo, and it works well with the rest of the scheme. Also, did Lotus eliminate the front wing? I thought this might just be a car after repairs but the Lotus behind it is also similarly designed. I’ve seen photos where it does and photos where it does not have a front wing, so I’m guessing it ran part of the season without a front wing. I give it a B+
The blue and white color scheme works very well here. I do think that the ELF OIL logos are a bit too big. The FIRST NATIONAL CITY TRAVELERS CHECKS logo looks good, if a little large. Also, it’s 2017, do people still use travelers checks? I also love seeing a car that is designed to be as aerodynamically perfect, but has a large camera that wrecks that aerodynamically. I give it a B+
Red works well for a race car, and this shade of red works well. The Martini stripes are very good as a design. The stripes look good on the sides, tail, and front. I also like the diagonally positioned number on the sides. The plain white stripes do look a bit out of business here, but it’s not as bad as some stripes that could be mentioned. It’s a good A- scheme.
A good shade of dark blue works well with the white and yellow lettering of the car. I also like that there are two vertical stripes up the sides. What I don’t get is why the car has six wheels. Supposedly, the requirements for the front wing design meant that if teams wanted to keep the wheels within the boundary of the wing, small tires would be needed. Since these small tires didn’t contact the racetrack enough, two extra tires were added to the front. The car did find some success, but the six wheel idea eventually spread to the rear wheels, and then was eliminated altogether. I’m not grading aerodynamic deicing, I’m grading paint schemes, and I’ll give it an A.
Black and metallic gold is a great color combination. Add to that a simple design, black with gold lettering, as well as a simple gold stripe around the driver compartment, and you have a tried and tested recipe for a sold A+ paint scheme.
White, red, and green…what? First off, the green they picked is even worse than piss yellow. Second, the red stripe is too thick. Third, changing the white to either red or green would work a lot better. Also, why in the world isn’t the windshield covering the driver’s face? It’s not even close to being level. What purpose does it serve? All in all, I give it an F
If you are going to add a racing stripe up the side, you should commit to it. Rather, the team started a white stripe on the top, and kept it on the front wing. The red logo on identical red scheme comes back, but this time the ovals are slightly more visible. The logo setup on the front wing should be on the rest of the car. I also don’t like the OIL TREATMENT lettering that is clearly on the side of the windshield. It’s a D+ that had the potential to be an A scheme.
Wow! That’s a good shade of blue! I also like the logo placement, the logos themselves, the diagonally angled numbers in a white circle, and the fact that many of the visible elements of the car are painted white, to match the shade of white used. This is a solid A scheme for sure!