The Vulcan Livery Gallery (Vulcan Racing Squadron + Vitessa I '67)

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The Vulcan Livery Gallery

Now that I've been on GTPlanet for over a year (and counting), it's about time I started a gallery for the liveries I've created in GT Sport. Expect to find plenty of original and replica-esque designs previously seen in the Livery and LEC threads, plus some that have never appeared on GTP before.

All liveries showcased use a mix of in-game and user-created decals, including those created by myself and other GTP users. Decals sourced from Discover are credited to their respective creators.

For a full list of liveries I have shared in the game, see my official GT Sport Gallery.

To start off with, here are a pair of my latest non-LEC creations:

Lempel Technologies/Teamwork RCZ

At one point, I genuinely considered racing with the RCZ at a recent FIA round, so set to work on a livery inspired by the Suncity RCZs raced in the Hong Kong Touring Car Championship, Macau Touring Car Series and Macau GP by Teamwork Motorsport. Took some time trying to work out patterns which would work well with the purple, gold and black colours, but eventually went with something a little cleaner than the real-life Suncity schemes. Base was P3 Chrome.


Really liked how the design looked on W1 Chrome, so decided to make that a second variant with red pinstriping.


Links:
'Teamwork'.
'Technologies'.
 
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WIX Filters Audis


As shared in the main Livery Thread last night. Inspired by the BTCC liveries worn by Rob Austin between 2012 and 2013, and Adam Morgan between 2014 and 2016.

TT Cup







R8 LMS






 
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Ford FIA Manufacturers 2019 and 2020
My 'factory' liveries for the 2019 and 2020 Manufacturers Series, representing Ford.

2019 (Gr.3)




2019 (Gr.4)



White base and stripes largely inspired by the default Gr.4 scheme, plus this Andy Blackmore concept for a GTE-spec Mustang.

2020 (Gr.3)







2020 (Gr.4)






Tri-tone blue and white, done as my way of honouring the work by the UK's National Health Service during the current global situation. Gr.4 version is largely inspired by the Multimatic Mustangs raced in the 2019 British GT GT4 season.


Matching suits for 2019 and 2020 were also created and are available from My Gallery.

2020 (July-August)

Updated versions with Michelin decals, compatible with the mandatory FIA tyre stickers introduced from update 1.61 onwards.

 
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GTP Livery Editor Competition Entries
A post for all of my GTPlanet Livery Editor Competition entries. This will be continuously updated with new entries as and when they are entered.

1. Hyundai N-LM 2025 - LEC #32 (Factory Backed)





2. Mistral Motorsport NSX GT3 Evo - LEC #38 (As long as it's PINK) (Competition Winner)






3. DHL Mustang Rally Car - LEC #41 (the FORD effect)






4. PlayStation Labre RSR #94 - LEC #42 (Modern Throwback)






5. Vulcan Racing Squadron Mini - LEC #45 (Mini Cooper Trophy)







6. InterCity Swallow - LEC #46 (The Legend of Samba)






7. Repsol Megane Gr.4 - LEC #47 (Fluorescence)







8. GTP 458 GT3 - GTPlanet LEC Gr.3 Edition (Finalist)







9. Blunderbird 2 - LEC #51 (24H of LeMons)






10. Peugeot Team PlayStation 750R - LEC #52 (PlayStation Challenge)






11. Kopparberg Williams-Honda - LEC #53 (Forbidden Sponsors)







12. Harrods Racing DBR9 - LEC #55 (Icons Revisted)






13. Cafe Àngel Copen - LEC #57 (Kei Cup)






14. Envision World RX Concept - LEC #60 (French Kiss)





15. Gran Turismo NSX '08 - LEC #61 (Samurai)





16. Panasonic Jaguar XJR-9 - LEC #62 (Inverted Throwback) (3rd Place)





17. Tripadvisor Vulcan Venator GT3 - LEC #63 (British Trip)





18. Lotus Exige Cup Concept (Yellow and Cyan) - LEC #68 (4 Seasons)




 
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Vulcan Racing Squadron (GT & Sports Cars)
A small selection of custom liveries showcasing my fictional car manufacturer Vulcan Auto and its Vulcan Racing Squadron motorsport division.

About Vulcan Auto
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Vulcan Auto (trading as Vulcan) is a British car manufacturer and founding subsidiary of Vulcan Auto Works. Initially founded in 1946 as Agate Motors, the company was renamed in 1952 following acquisition of the brand name from the Rootes Group. They have often been described as a "British Alfa", offering a range of performance-oriented hatchbacks, saloons and SUVs with a premium edge alongside traditional sports cars such as the Venator coupe and Slalom roadster.

Since 1985, high-performance derivatives of core models have been developed by the Vulcan Performance Services (VPS) division, along with specialised components and customisation options.

Three sub-divisions also currently operate under the Vulcan name:
  • Vulcan Commercial, offering light commercial vehicles as well as pick-up trucks and panel vans based on passenger models.
  • Vulcan Trucks, a spiritual successor to the original Vulcan Motor & Engineering Co., producing medium-size and heavy-duty trucks.
  • Vulcan Buses, manufacturing buses and coaches with hybrid, electric or fuel-cell drivetrains.
In Japan, Vulcan sells their vehicles under the Vuja brand name, a portmanteau of 'Vulcan' and 'Japan'. This was introduced upon entry into this market in 1975, to avoid potential confusion with Mitsubishi's 'Vulcan' engine, and has remained that way ever since.

Vulcan has enjoyed many successes in motorsport over the years, both with its factory Vulcan Racing Squadron team (established in 1957) and customer entries. The company has held a particularly enduring presence in touring car, rally, sports car, GT, and endurance racing events, along with fleeting appearances in rallycross, hillclimb, rally raid, and single-seaters.

Venator 40R GT3

The Venator is Vulcan's classic performance coupe. Initially entering production in 1965 as a North American variant of the Tempest sports car, the seventh-generation model was launched in early 2019, based on the modular Gemini R2 platform shared with the Lancaster XII saloon. Three VPS models - the 30S, 30H R hybrid and 40R - joined the range shortly after, the latter forming the basis of Vulcan Racing Squadron's latest GT3 challenger.



Per Vulcan's current naming convention, the Venator 40R GT3 (also simply referred to as the Venator GT3) uses a 4.0l twin-turbo V8 engine shared with its road-going counterpart. This engine is an updated version of that used in its predecessor, the Spitfire GT3, which can produce up to 600bhp depending on Balance of Performance parameters. The Venator 40R GT3 was unveiled in October 2019, bearing a simple but striking grey and two-tone green livery.


Like its predecessor, the Venator 40R GT3 is primarily developed for customer racing programmes. Factory-supported outfit Gooch Engineering was among the first teams to use the new machine, being selected to run two works-backed 40Rs at its racing debut at the 2020 Bathurst 12 Hour. A reworked livery incorporating the Vulcan 'wings' logo was also introduced, with minor changes before the weekend itself. The 40R GT3's potential was cemented with a debut podium finish, which Vulcan Racing Squadron and Gooch Engineering hope to emulate in a full Intercontinental GT Challenge assault subject to current global circumstances.

Spitfire GT3

As a spiritual successor to their classic Tempest and Mosquito sports cars, the Spitfire exemplified Vulcan's rejuvenation during the late-2000s and early-2010s. A two-seat coupe or roadster with V6 or V8 engines (later joined by a four-cylinder turbo), it provided the perfect basis for the company's return to factory-supported GT racing, with GTE and GT3 versions debuting in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Initially powered by naturally-aspirated V8s, both racing Spitfires later adopted 4.0l twin-turbo units (based on the production 'T40R' block) for improved efficiency and performance.





The racing model preserves many design details from the road-going Spitfire, including side vents and headlights modelled on the elliptical wings of its fighter plane namesake. A 2015 refresh also brought about a larger and more imposing front air intake incorporating twin foglight stacks.





In 2019, two factory-backed GT3s competed in the Blancpain GT Series Sprint and Endurance Cups, both entered by Gooch Engineering. This was planned to be the last full season for the venerable Spitfire, before its replacement the following year by the Venator 40R GT3.

Vitessa HP-4


At the pinnacle of Vulcan's racing developments is the Vitessa HP-4 (also simply the HP-4), the latest in a family of mid-engined sports car prototypes dating as far back as the late-1960s. The HP-4 is one of two remaining LMP1 hybrids competing in the World Endurance Championship and an evolution of the Vitessa X first introduced in 2017. Featuring a clean, robust design, a twin-turbo V6 and a hybrid system producing around 1,000bhp, it is by far the strongest challenger to the Toyota TS050 with several victories and podiums to its name. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2019-2020 version was tipped as Vulcan's best chance of taking the final LMP1 honours at Le Mans. Work on a successor based on the forthcoming 'Hypercar' rules is underway, though it's presently unclear how development of this will be affected by the pandemic.






An early version of the 2019-2020 HP-4 livery showed an alternative version of the Vulcan logo, but this was changed to the regular logo before the superseason. [In actuality, I ended up having problems creating outline versions of the original logo, so decided to change it to what it became on the Venator and Spitfire.]
 
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Vulcan Racing Squadron (GT & Sports Cars)
A small selection of custom liveries showcasing my fictional car manufacturer Vulcan Auto and its Vulcan Racing Squadron motorsport division.

About Vulcan Auto

Vulcan Auto (trading as Vulcan) is a British car manufacturer and founding subsidiary of Vulcan Auto Works. Initially founded in 1946 as Agate Motors, the company was renamed in 1952 following acquisition of the brand name from the Rootes Group. They have often been described as a "British Alfa", offering a range of performance-oriented hatchbacks, saloons and SUVs with a premium edge alongside traditional sports cars such as the Venator coupe and Slalom roadster.

Since 1985, high-performance derivatives of core models have been developed by the Vulcan Performance Services (VPS) division, along with specialised components and customisation options.

Three sub-divisions also currently operate under the Vulcan name:
  • Vulcan Commercial, offering light commercial vehicles as well as pick-up trucks and panel vans based on passenger models.
  • Vulcan Trucks, a spiritual successor to the original Vulcan Motor & Engineering Co., producing medium-size and heavy-duty trucks.
  • Vulcan Buses, manufacturing buses and coaches with hybrid, electric or fuel-cell drivetrains.
In Japan, Vulcan sells their vehicles under the Vuja brand name, a portmanteau of 'Vulcan' and 'Japan'. This was introduced upon entry into this market in 1975, to avoid potential confusion with Mitsubishi's 'Vulcan' engine, and has remained that way ever since.

Vulcan has enjoyed many successes in motorsport over the years, both with its factory Vulcan Racing Squadron team (established in 1957) and customer entries. The company has held a particularly enduring presence in touring car, rally, sports car, GT, and endurance racing events, along with fleeting appearances in rallycross, hillclimb, rally raid, and single-seaters.

Venator 40R GT3

The Venator is Vulcan's classic performance coupe. Initially entering production in 1965 as a North American variant of the Tempest sports car, the seventh-generation model was launched in early 2019, based on the modular Gemini R2 platform shared with the Lancaster XII saloon. Three VPS models - the 30S, 30H R hybrid and 40R - joined the range shortly after, the latter forming the basis of Vulcan Racing Squadron's latest GT3 challenger.



Per Vulcan's current naming convention, the Venator 40R GT3 (also simply referred to as the Venator GT3) uses a 4.0l twin-turbo V8 engine shared with its road-going counterpart. This engine is an updated version of that used in its predecessor, the Spitfire GT3, which can produce up to 600bhp depending on Balance of Performance parameters. The Venator 40R GT3 was unveiled in October 2019, bearing a simple but striking grey and two-tone green livery.


Like its predecessor, the Venator 40R GT3 is primarily developed for customer racing programmes. Factory-supported outfit Gooch Engineering was among the first teams to use the new machine, being selected to run two works-backed 40Rs at its racing debut at the 2020 Bathurst 12 Hour. A reworked livery incorporating the Vulcan 'wings' logo was also introduced, with minor changes before the weekend itself. The 40R GT3's potential was cemented with a debut podium finish, which Vulcan Racing Squadron and Gooch Engineering hope to emulate in a full Intercontinental GT Challenge assault subject to current global circumstances.

Spitfire GT3

As a spiritual successor to their classic Tempest and Mosquito sports cars, the Spitfire exemplified Vulcan's rejuvenation during the late-2000s and early-2010s. A two-seat coupe or roadster with V6 or V8 engines (later joined by a four-cylinder turbo), it provided the perfect basis for the company's return to factory-supported GT racing, with GTE and GT3 versions debuting in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Initially powered by naturally-aspirated V8s, both racing Spitfires later adopted 4.0l twin-turbo units (based on the production 'T40R' block) for improved efficiency and performance.





The racing model preserves many design details from the road-going Spitfire, including side vents and headlights modelled on the elliptical wings of its fighter plane namesake. A 2015 refresh also brought about a larger and more imposing front air intake incorporating twin foglight stacks.





In 2019, two factory-backed GT3s competed in the Blancpain GT Series Sprint and Endurance Cups, both entered by Gooch Engineering. This was planned to be the last full season for the venerable Spitfire, before its replacement the following year by the Venator 40R GT3.

Vitessa HP-4


At the pinaccle of Vulcan's racing developments is the Vitessa HP-4 (also simply the HP-4), the latest in a family of mid-engined sports car prototypes dating as far back as the late-1960s. The HP-4 is one of two remaining LMP1 hybrids competing in the World Endurance Championship and an evolution of the Vitessa X first introduced in 2017. Featuring a clean, robust design, a twin-turbo V6 and a hybrid system producing around 1,000bhp, it is by far the strongest challenger to the Toyota TS050 with several victories and podiums to its name. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2019-2020 version was tipped as Vulcan's best chance of taking the final LMP1 honours at Le Mans. Work on a successor based on the forthcoming 'Hypercar' rules is underway, though it's presently unclear how development of this will be affected by the pandemic.






An early version of the 2019-2020 HP-4 livery showed an alternative version of the Vulcan logo, but this was changed to the regular logo before the superseason. [In actuality, I ended up having problems creating outline versions of the original logo, so decided to change it to what it became on the Venator and Spitfire.]

I really love that fictional stuff. You can read this, look at the liveries and think: "Yes, that's a Vulcan. Where can I buy one?"

Great! :cheers:
 
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Vulcan Racing Squadron (Touring Cars)
As well as their involvement in GT, sports car and endurance events, Vulcan also runs manufacturer and customer programmes in touring car series around the world.

Vulcan Morrisons BTCC


In 2011, they returned to the British Touring Car Championship with a full manufacturers team run by 2000 champions Prodrive. Together, they enjoyed considerable success with full NGTC-spec cars based on the D-segment Lancaster and C-segment Napier saloons, and things look set to continue this way going into the 2020 season.





The team have signed a long-term sponsorship deal with UK supermarket chain Morrisons, with both Napiers sporting an attractive two-tone green and yellow livery ahead of Media Day. The subsequent postponement of the 2020 season lead to rumours that this would not be the final livery used, which were confirmed in June 2020 when the Napiers took to the track at Brands Hatch in a revised and arguably classier scheme.





The second 2020 livery retains the dark green metallic base and yellow striping, but adds a white panel with Morrisons sponsorship and extra striping along the bonnet and roof. It is in this form that the Prodrive-run Napiers will hopefully take to the track this summer.

Gooch Engineering Vulcan WTCR


Gooch Engineering (also simply referred to as Gooch) is a British race car engineering and tuning company specialising primarily in high-performance Vulcan vehicles. It can be considered analogous to Alpina, Brabus or AMG, producing complete high-performance cars and tuning parts as well as operating customer teams in GT and touring car racing.


Since 2015, Gooch has competed in the World Touring Car Cup as one of Vulcan's two factory-supported teams, running two generations of the Napier WTCR. The Napier WTCR is one of a few saloon-based TCR cars currently in competition, along with the Audi RS3 LMS and Lynk & Co 03 TCR, and available to race in any national and international series running to the regulations. 2020 sees the Gooch Napiers adopt a striking livery combining Vulcan's 'Apple Green' with the blue and white of Gooch's company logo. A two-car effort has been confirmed for the WTCR's eventual launch, with Gooch recently taking part in a test session at Brands Hatch alongside the Prodrive-run BTCC squad.​
 
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Vulcan Vitessa V

With a career spanning twelve years and eight design evolutions, the Vitessa V is Vulcan's longest-serving sports car prototype. Built to the Group C regulations, and debuting with the category in 1982, it would mark the company's return to sports car racing after a brief hiatus in the late-1970s. Vitessa Vs of each evolution were built for use in series such as the World Sportscar Championship, IMSA GTP Championship and All Japan Sports Prototype Championship, along with classic enduros such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans. While largely overshadowed by other Group C racers of the era such as the Porsche 956/962, it nevertheless racked up numerous successes including victory at its last Le Mans outing in 1994.


The Vitessa V was a closed-cockpit prototype with an aluminium honeycomb chassis and steel rollcage, along with ground effect aerodynamics as with other Group C cars of the day. Power was initially sourced from a 3.5l, 48-valve V12 developed from the 3.0l naturally-aspirated unit used for the Vitessa IIb (1972-1975), Vitessa III (1976-1977) and Vitessa IV (1978), all successful Group 5/Group 6 prototypes. The V12 featured an array of efficiency-boosting technologies, including electronic fuel injection and ignition, exhaust gas recirculation and one of the first applications of Vulcan's ACVAM (Active Valve Management) system, and was paired with a five-speed manual gearbox.

Later incarnations adopted a carbon-fibre and Kevlar chassis based on the original design, plus a six-speed gearbox and a wide variety of more modern and powerful engines. These ranged from single and twin-turbocharged V6s of 3.0l and 3.4l in displacement, to a 5.0l V8 developed in naturally-aspirated and twin-turbo forms. Even a Group A-spec 2.0l four-cylinder turbo was installed by one IMSA team for evaluative purposes, with reasonable success.


Arguably one of the most famous variants was the Vitessa Vg, which was developed for the 1988 and 1989 WSC using the twin-turbo 5.0l V8 and carbon-fibre/Kevlar chassis. At Le Mans, the two factory-backed Vgs were reported to produce over 1,000bhp in qualifying at maximum boost, and speeds of 250mph were frequently recorded down Mulsanne Straight. Sadly, the all-time record set by the WM-Peugeot was never beaten. V8-powered cars were soon rendered obsolete by the 3.5l formula introduced in 1991, plus the increasing performance figures achieved by the lighter and more nimble V6 turbo versions.

Given the number of factory and privateer cars built, liveries were varied, including a contemporary version of the white and two-tone green found on earlier works Vitessas. The 1980s 'hamburger' logo was typically displayed on the front end above the lower air intake, while factory-entered cars also began promoting the newly-formed Vulcan Performance Services (VPS) division over time.



The Vitessa V's naming classification, as with previous generations, reflected the evolutionary changes carried out to the original design since its 1982 debut. Eight versions were officially developed by Vulcan Racing Squadron, plus the 2.0l four-cylinder version of the Vf developed independently in IMSA:
  1. Vitessa V (1982) (Vitessa Va) - The original car. 3.5l V12, five-speed gearbox, aluminium honeycomb chassis.
  2. Vitessa Vb (1984) - ECU/ACVAM upgrades, improved aerodynamics.
  3. Vitessa Vc (1984) - 5.0l V8, naturally-aspirated, based on Vitessa Vb (IMSA).
  4. Vitessa Vd (1987) - 3.0l V6, single turbo.
  5. Vitessa Ve (1987) - 5.0l V8, naturally-aspirated, six-speed gearbox. Long wheelbase, 'speedtail' bodywork.
  6. Vitessa Vf (1988) - 3.0l (1988-1992) or 3.4l (1993) V6, single (IMSA until 1990) or twin-turbo, six-speed gearbox. Carbon-fibre and Kevlar chassis, long wheelbase.
  7. Vitessa Vg (1988) - 5.0l V8, twin-turbo, six-speed gearbox. Carbon-fibre and Kevlar chassis. Long wheelbase, 'speedtail' bodywork.
  8. Vitessa Vh (1994)- 3.4l V6, twin-turbo, six-speed gearbox. Carbon-fibre and Kevlar chassis based on Vf. Flat floor in compliance with LMP1 regulations.


Initially set to be replaced by the Vitessa VI in 1991, the Vitessa V continued to race alongside its 3.5l counterpart in Vf spec until after the 1993 Le Mans. During this time, the collapse of the WSC and JSPC lead Vulcan to pursue a short-lived Formula One campaign, while making one-off appearances at Le Mans to make sure that the Group C machines had a worthwhile send-off. This approach ultimately paid dividends. At the 1994 Le Mans, two factory Vhs took victory and fourth place respectively following heated battles with the Dauer 962s and Toyota 94C-Vs. It was a triumphant end to the Vitessa V's career, and a testament to the longevity of its core design. All three Vhs entered retirement immediately after, and Vulcan would not return to Le Mans again as a full factory outfit until the new Millennium. Several Vitessa Vs continue to make appearances at historic events, with one from each evolution being preserved as part of the Vulcan Heritage Collection.


 
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RX-VISION GT3 CONCEPT 100 Years


High-resolution screenshots of my RX-VISION GT3 CONCEPT Livery Design Contest entry. Admittedly a little bland and empty compared to other entries, but at the same time an opportunity to create a clean, Martini-esque design combining Soul Red with Mazda's traditional blue and white stripes. I intentionally stuck with default Manufacturer logos as I wasn't sure about the limitations concerning third-party sponsors and decals; part of me had also anticipated the winning liveries possibly being used by Mazda themselves in some way (e.g. scale models or a 'bonus' livery in GT7). 'Text' decals on the wing, rear bumper and side vents are specially positioned or part-hidden 'Mazda 04' (default) logos.




Congratulations to the winning entries; a lot of designs I saw being entered looked very spectacular indeed. :cheers:

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Mac Tools Ciceley Motorsport



As my Discover description puts it, a GT-fication of Adam Morgan's 2019 BTCC livery with some creative license over the original. Part of my inspiration also came from Ciceley's customer GT programme with the AMG GT4, and the idea of a Mac Tools-liveried car being a logical extension into GT3-class racing. Among my visual references included this photo I took of Morgan's car at last year's BTCC Donington Park meeting:

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Livery Editor screenshots:








Found out while preparing my RX-VISION submission that Ciceley Motorsport themselves had posted about this design on their official Twitter feed. Never expected to receive that kind of recognition from a real BTCC team! :D

My Gallery link.
 
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A couple of FIA GT-inspired liveries:

Vitaphone Citroën Racing


My most popular livery to date. Based on the Vitaphone Racing scheme, as famously worn by their multi-championship winning Maserati MC12s throughout the mid-to-late 2000s. GT World Challenge Europe numberboards created by @daan. Special thanks to @Adam Barber, @RacingGrandpa, @Racerx_34, @Theace37 and @ringkurier for their feedback in the main Livery thread.



Sumo Power GT-R GT500 #23



Quick semi-replica of the Sumo Power GT1 GT-Rs, created specifically for a Gr.2 Nations Cup race.





Super GT-style numberboards are entirely concealed when used in Sport Mode or lobbies with pre-determined numberplate settings.


 
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This, my friends, is where it all started...

Team Carbide


Today marks four years since the classic robot fighting game show Robot Wars returned to British television for what would sadly become a short-lived revival. Among the new competitors joining was Carbide, a black and green machine armed with a powerful spinning bar similar in idea to Tombstone from the modern BattleBots. Carbide quickly proved one of, if not the most destructive competitors in the show’s history, finishing runner-up twice and winning Series 9 in dominant fashion:

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When I first tried the limited-time demo for GT Sport back in October 2017, the tenth series of Robot Wars was only weeks away from broadcast. Of course, Carbide was returning as the defending champion, and I knew from the start that I wanted to make a custom livery dedicated to it; not just to express my love for the show in the game, but also potentially spread awareness of the upcoming series to other players. And so, ‘Team Carbide’ was born, initially as one of two liveries made for my first-ever car in GT Sport, the Gr.B NSX…


This lead to a second livery based on the FT-1 Gr.3, which I chose as it was one of the free cars I received with the Steelbook Edition of the full game. Neither are perfect replicas by any stretch of the imagination, but I still find the FT-1 to be a more faithful design, and its front end to be a closer match to that of Carbide. For a while, the FT-1 livery formed the basis of my avatars not just on GTPlanet, but on my main GT Sport profile as well.



Very rough around the edges, as you can see (this was before I learnt about angle/depth limits), but the resemblance is kind of there. The text ‘logo’ used default shapes and was modelled on that logo used by the Series 8 incarnation, which I was fortunate enough to see at a live event before its Series 9 upgrade. Don’t ask about the random TRD/Dunlop stickers…


As I was intending to use it for Sport Mode and Lobby races, a version with numberboards was also created, but never shared. ‘722’, also found on the NSX, refers to a similarly-coloured robot created by the same team for featherweight events. In robot combat terms, a featherweight is a fighting robot weighing up to 13.6kg; by contrast, heavyweights such as Carbide can weigh nearly ten times as much at up to 110kg.


After two months of parading around in the FT-1, I went back and made a few tweaks, adding a lighter grey piece on the front bumper and completely eliminating secondary sponsor decals. The former feature vaguely represents Carbide's weapon shaft.



Sure enough, I then picked up inspiration to reincarnate two more Robot Wars All-Stars, Firestorm and Diotoir...


Sadly, Series 10 turned out to be the last series of Robot Wars produced (for now), thanks in part to poor promotion from the BBC and being scheduled on the same timeslot as Blue Planet II. At the time, however, this was my first step towards making custom liveries for racing, and I’m sure some of you can agree that my livery editing skills have evolved considerably since.

Links:

NSX Gr.B
FT-1 (original)
FT-1 1.1
Team Firestorm
Diotoir
 
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This, my friends, is where it all started...

Team Carbide


Today marks four years since the classic robot fighting game show Robot Wars returned to British television for what would sadly become a short-lived revival. Among the new competitors joining was Carbide, a black and green machine armed with a powerful spinning bar similar in idea to Tombstone from the modern BattleBots. Carbide quickly proved one of, if not the most destructive competitors in the show’s history, finishing runner-up twice and winning Series 9 in dominant fashion:

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When I first tried the limited-time demo for GT Sport back in October 2017, the tenth series of Robot Wars was only weeks away from broadcast. Of course, Carbide was returning as the defending champion, and I knew from the start that I wanted to make a custom livery dedicated to it; not just to express my love for the show in the game, but also potentially spread awareness of the upcoming series to other players. And so, ‘Team Carbide’ was born, initially as one of two liveries made for my first-ever car in GT Sport, the Gr.B NSX…


This lead to a second livery based on the FT-1 Gr.3, which I chose as it was one of the free cars I received with the Steelbook Edition of the full game. Neither are perfect replicas by any stretch of the imagination, but I still find the FT-1 to be a more faithful design, and its front end to be a closer match to that of Carbide. For a while, the FT-1 livery formed the basis of my avatars not just on GTPlanet, but on my main GT Sport profile as well.



Very rough around the edges, as you can see (this was before I learnt about angle/depth limits), but the resemblance is kind of there. The text ‘logo’ used default shapes and was modelled on that logo used by the Series 8 incarnation, which I was fortunate enough to see at a live event before its Series 9 upgrade. Don’t ask about the random TRD/Dunlop stickers…


As I was intending to use it for Sport Mode and Lobby races, a version with numberboards was also created, but never shared. ‘722’, also found on the NSX, refers to a similarly-coloured robot created by the same team for featherweight events. In robot combat terms, a featherweight is a fighting robot weighing up to 13.6kg; by contrast, heavyweights such as Carbide can weigh nearly ten times as much at up to 110kg.


After two months of parading around in the FT-1, I went back and made a few tweaks, adding a lighter grey piece on the front bumper and completely eliminating secondary sponsor decals. The former feature vaguely represents Carbide's weapon shaft.



Sure enough, I then picked up inspiration to reincarnate two more Robot Wars All-Stars, Firestorm and Diotoir...


Sadly, Series 10 turned out to be the last series of Robot Wars produced (for now), thanks in part to poor promotion from the BBC and being scheduled on the same timeslot as Blue Planet II. At the time, however, this was my first step towards making custom liveries for racing, and I’m sure some of you can agree that my livery editing skills have evolved considerably since.

Links:

NSX Gr.B
FT-1 (original)
FT-1 1.1
Team Firestorm
Diotoir

Got very fond memories of the original robot wars series, Brilliant show. Also that Diotoir replica isn't accurate enough as it's not on fire :lol::lol:
 
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Nausicaä Team Toyota GR


It's no secret that I am a keen fan of the films produced by Studio Ghibli, especially those directed by one of their main co-founders Hayao Miyazaki. I've always wanted to make a couple of custom Ghibli-based liveries since trying the GT Sport demo, among them designs based on Miyazaki's pre-Ghibli manga and film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.


My main rule behind the Nausicaä liveries was that they that they had to respect the retro-futuristic technologies and environmental themes present in both versions. As such, it meant restricting myself to using vehicles with hybrid, electric or other alternative drivetrains wherever possible. Design-wise, the idea was to represent one of the aircraft seen in the manga and film, specifically Nausicaä's jet-powered glider, Mehve, with a contrasting blue 'sky' also matching the titular princess's uniform.

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The first two liveries were based on the Gr.1 Hyundai N 2025 (fuel cell) and Gr.3 GT by Citroën respectively; for the Citroën, this meant a little bit of improvisation as the Gr.3 car doesn't have the original concept's all-electric powertrain. Each made use of character and logo decals available on Discover.

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The N 2025 was developed further before I moved on to other ideas:

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Then, having re-watched the film last November and wanted to create a new livery for the Toyota TS050 (which at the time I was starting to find myself more competitive in), I was inspired to visualise just what a 'realistic' Ghibli-sponsored LMP1 livery could look like.

The TS050 carries over many elements from my N 2025 and Citroën schemes, including an early idea of having alternating character decals on each side. Mandatory class and WEC stickers add to the realism, as does the presence of regular Toyota Gazoo Racing sponsors:


Other elements took inspiration from past designs. Swooshes (or 'speed lines', as I called them in the main Livery Editor thread) on the engine covers and bodywork were adapted from the Bentley-style 'Team Toyota GB' liveries created for the TS030 and TS050:




Perhaps the biggest change is the addition of two-tone gradient effects on the bodywork, (light front, dark rear), something which I think makes it look especially gorgeous during races. The darker blue used for the rear is meant to represent the poisonous forest, the Sea of Corruption or Sea of Decay (or Toxic Jungle in the 2005 Disney English dub), as well as to allow the Nausicaä character decals to show up more prominently on the sidepods.




Accompanying Nausicaä on most of her exploits is her faithful fox-squirrel Teto, who takes up his perch above the right-front headlight. The black area surrounding the Toyota logo on the nosecone is meant to visualise Mehve's engine intake. Also visible above the 'P1' sticker is a WWF decal, referencing their recommendation of the film version upon its original Japanese release (1984, hence the racing number '84').


The original TS050 livery had an error in which I used both the older and newer versions of the horizontal Michelin decals on the bodywork and rear wing. This was fixed minutes before entering the Gr.1 Nations Cup Exhibition race at Spa last November, which turned out incredibly well:



A further change was made over the winter, when a full version of the Japanese Nausicaä logo (again sourced from Discover) was added to the rear wing and shark fin.


Extra shapes were also added under the 'thumbs-up' decal to better match the cockpit window frame of the gunship Nausicaä is piloting; not a perfect recreation, but hopefully more true to the scene in which the pose originates from.


Watching the film version again last night (this time on Netflix UK), I can honestly say that while rough in a few places (especially when compared to later Miyazaki/Ghibli films), Nausicaä remains a characterful, entertaining and nuanced eco-fantasy with an incredibly endearing protagonist. While there are still a few minor tweaks I might make in the near future (including English logos and further tweaks to the Michelin wing decals) I am happy that the TS050 livery in its current form does the film and its original manga basis justice, especially when there are generally fewer Ghibli liveries around on Discover.

Links:
Original
1.1 (Michelin decal fix)
1.2 (Most-recent version)

Links (Hyundai/Citroën):
N 2025 Gr.1 (original)
GT by Citroën Gr.3
N 2025 Gr.1 (1.1)
N 2025 Gr.1 (1.2)
 
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Nausicaä Team Toyota GR


It's no secret that I am a keen fan of the films produced by Studio Ghibli, especially those directed by one of their main co-founders Hayao Miyazaki. I've always wanted to make a couple of custom Ghibli-based liveries since trying the GT Sport demo, among them designs based on Miyazaki's pre-Ghibli manga and film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.


My main rule behind the Nausicaä liveries was that they that they had to respect the retro-futuristic technologies and environmental themes present in both versions. As such, it meant restricting myself to using vehicles with hybrid, electric or other alternative drivetrains wherever possible. Design-wise, the idea was to represent one of the aircraft seen in the manga and film, specifically Nausicaä's jet-powered glider, Mehve, with a contrasting blue 'sky' also matching the titular princess's uniform.

mehve.gif

The first two liveries were based on the Gr.1 Hyundai N 2025 (fuel cell) and Gr.3 GT by Citroën respectively; for the Citroën, this meant a little bit of improvisation as the Gr.3 car doesn't have the original concept's all-electric powertrain. Each made use of character and logo decals available on Discover.


The N 2025 was developed further before I moved on to other ideas:


Then, having re-watched the film last November and wanted to create a new livery for the Toyota TS050 (which at the time I was starting to find myself more competitive in), I was inspired to visualise just what a 'realistic' Ghibli-sponsored LMP1 livery could look like.

The TS050 carries over many elements from my N 2025 and Citroën schemes, including an early idea of having alternating character decals on each side. Mandatory class and WEC stickers add to the realism, as does the presence of regular Toyota Gazoo Racing sponsors:


Other elements took inspiration from past designs. Swooshes (or 'speed lines', as I called them in the main Livery Editor thread) on the engine covers and bodywork were adapted from the Bentley-style 'Team Toyota GB' liveries created for the TS030 and TS050:




Perhaps the biggest change is the addition of two-tone gradient effects on the bodywork, (light front, dark rear), something which I think makes it look especially gorgeous during races. The darker blue used for the rear is meant to represent the poisonous forest, the Sea of Corruption or Sea of Decay (or Toxic Jungle in the 2005 Disney English dub), as well as to allow the Nausicaä character decals to show up more prominently on the sidepods.




Accompanying Nausicaä on most of her exploits is her faithful fox-squirrel Teto, who takes up his perch above the right-front headlight. The black area surrounding the Toyota logo on the nosecone is meant to visualise Mehve's engine intake. Also visible above the 'P1' sticker is a WWF decal, referencing their recommendation of the film version upon its original Japanese release (1984, hence the racing number '84').


The original TS050 livery had an error in which I used both the older and newer versions of the horizontal Michelin decals on the bodywork and rear wing. This was fixed minutes before entering the Gr.1 Nations Cup Exhibition race at Spa last November, which turned out incredibly well:



A further change was made over the winter, when a full version of the Japanese Nausicaä logo (again sourced from Discover) was added to the rear wing and shark fin.


Extra shapes were also added under the 'thumbs-up' decal to better match the cockpit window frame of the gunship Nausicaä is piloting; not a perfect recreation, but hopefully more true to the scene in which the pose originates from.


Watching the film version again last night (this time on Netflix UK), I can honestly say that while rough in a few places (especially when compared to later Miyazaki/Ghibli films), Nausicaä remains a characterful, entertaining and nuanced eco-fantasy with an incredibly endearing protagonist. While there are still a few minor tweaks I might make in the near future (including English logos and further tweaks to the Michelin wing decals) I am happy that the TS050 livery in its current form does the film and its original manga basis justice, especially when there are generally fewer Ghibli liveries around on Discover.

Links:
Original
1.1 (Michelin decal fix)
1.2 (Most-recent version)

Links (Hyundai/Citroën):
N 2025 Gr.1 (original)
GT by Citroën Gr.3
N 2025 Gr.1 (1.1)
N 2025 Gr.1 (1.2)

I've seen a few of the Ghibli films relatively recently as they were recommended as just good films, love the ones I've seen. These Nausicaa liveries rock!
 
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Mononoke Motorsports


Another pair of Ghibli liveries, this time themed around the later Miyazaki film Princess Mononoke. These are reworks of earlier designs originally made between 2017 and 2018, featuring decals of main protagonist San created by and used with permission from @Maninashed.

4C GT300



The first design is for the Gr.3 Alfa, adapted in its current form to visualise a fantasy Super GT GT300 car. My idea was to represent a Mother Chassis variant of the 4C, similar to the Mooncraft Evora but with a turbocharged engine in keeping with the Gr.3 and road cars. Originally the livery had a clean tri-colour style influenced by San's character design, which was substantially changed to better integrate Maninashed's decals and add some extra creative flair.


One of the few things kept largely unchanged on both liveries were the front 'masks', resembling those worn by San in various scenes from the film. Each were made entirely with default shapes; the Alfa 'mask' I'm especially happy with as it is both aggressive and tactfully integrates the company's traditional headlight/grille surrounds into the overall theme.



Left side was changed to dark grey as a homage to the film's Japanese theatrical poster; '97' references the year of its original release (1997). 'Fur' effects were added late on to make the transition between these panels and the white base look less empty, again created using default shapes.



In order for the decal on the right-hand side to work into my design, I took the challenge of adding colour-coordinated gradient effects meeting with the white base and 'fur'. By far the most difficult and time-consuming element to get right (even more so for the 86), but eventually I was convinced that the effects would sufficiently blend in with the decal in Scapes and Race Photos.


Kodama spirits on the brake vents and wing endplates; one of the few elements to remain unchanged.


Couple of extra three-quarter Livery Editor shots:




86 Gr.B



The second livery is based on the Gr.B 86, conceived when I thought that a rally car would better fit with the film's forest settings. Over time, it developed into a companion to the Nausicaä TS050, a Ghibli-sponsored livery for Toyota's factory WRC team. It was established in my mind that the Ghibli sponsorship extended to the company's WEC and WRC programmes, and, in order to respect the environmental themes within Princess Mononoke, that the 86 would represent a hybrid rally car similar to those proposed for 2022 onwards.

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Above is the original version of the livery as uploaded to my Gallery. Compared to the 4C, more substantial changes were made for the revised livery, which also had to take into account distortions and other quirks presented by the car's wider aero kit. Thankfully, the San decals show up better on the 86 despite the smaller space available between the doors and side sills. Also took the opportunity to go overboard with the 'fur' effects, which also extend into and break up the grey/blue sides. The look of the sides and rear three-quarters changed many times before I was happy with the final patterns.





'Mask' was updated and tidied up, along with the distinctive facial markings either side of the front intake. As with the 4C, these were created entirely with default shapes.


Rear end mixes elements of the 4C and regular Toyota Gazoo Racing factory schemes.


Gradients, again, were the most challenging and admittedly frustrating part to work on. I spent several hours at a time trying to get the effects and the decal to blend in with each other, though more often than not the gradients would end up misaligned or parts of the decal outline would remain visible. As with the 4C, I considered the job done once the outlines no longer showed up easily in Scapes or Race Photos.


Kodama

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As a way of teasing the updated 86, I decided to share a previously-unreleased 'Kodama' suit and helmet based on the aforementioned tree spirits. This simplistic design is intended to complement both of my liveries as well as any other Princess Mononoke-themed designs available within the community.

Princess Mononoke can be best summarised in six words; gorgeous, stirring, complex, frightening, enchanting and brutal. One of the darkest Ghibli films, but no less charming, multifaceted or tear-jerking than any of Miyazaki's other works; the last time I watched the original version I cried at least three or four times. Though the Nausicaä liveries had the additional context of using vehicles with environmentally-sensitive drivetrains, I intended to use the 4C and 86 purely to show my appreciation for Princess Mononoke in a way which was distinctive and would otherwise be inconceivable in real life. @Cytoria kindly said that the 4C was a worthy 'tribute' to the film when it was originally added to my Gallery, and in all honesty it remains one of my favourite liveries to design and look at. Really like how the 86 turned out in the end as well, even if it was a nightmare to work on at times.
Links:
4C GT300
4C Gr.3 1.2 (earlier version)
86 Gr.B.
86 Gr.B (Original).
Kodama Head.
Kodama Suit.
 
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Nikon (Nee Khan) Ralliart



Created specifically for a Mitsubishi vs Subaru event hosted by @El_Beardo, initially starting out as a recolour of an older 'alternative concept' livery for the Gr.3 Evo X:



Originally I had intended to produce two versions of the 'alternative concept', mostly inspired by past rally and rally raid liveries including the 1985 Dakar Rally-winning Pajero. These had Nikon and Gran Turismo sponsorship respectively, but at the time I didn't share the Nikon version as I was well aware that their name was censored in the game. Hence the phrase 'Nee Khan' for the in-game upload of this design.






As well as a change of primary colours to yellow and black, the livery evolved to include the 'sequential rays' of Nikon's current logo as well as GT300 numbers/headlight covers and the newer Mitsubishi branding added with recent updates.

Links:
Nee Khan Ralliart (Lancer Evo Gr.3)
Nee Khan Ralliart (Suit)

Mitsubishi Ralliart Concept (GT sponsorship)
 
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Pirtek Clio Cup Concept

My original idea for LEC #60; a variation of the familiar Pirtek Racing scheme, famously carried by ex-BTCC champion Andrew Jordan, adapted for the Clio Cup UK one-make championship. Combined elements of the real-life BTCC liveries, including chrome base paint (B6 Chrome), contrasting roof pillars/intake inserts (both 2016-2017) and simplified decal colours (2019), with 'hazard' stripes and stylised patterns using the company's roundel logo. For a more detailed description, see my post in the main Livery Thread.







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Opel-Vauxhall LMP1



A fun little concept for an Opel/Vauxhall-branded LMP1 car, inspired by a number of fictional Opel F1 concepts and the original Corvette C6.R EVO proposal. This was in fact another idea for LEC #60 - hence why I used the Peugeot 908 as my base car - but eventually I decided against making it my final entry in case it proved too controversial (despite Opel/Vauxhall now being technically PSA Group subsidiaries).




General backstory is that in 2010, the restructured General Motors develops a brand-new LMP1 prototype to challenge for overall victory at Le Mans, in addition to the existing Corvette GT2 programme. Initially expected to carry Corvette or possibly Cadillac branding, the actual car is unveiled as an Opel/Vauxhall, hypothetically powered by a variant of the 6.0l V8 from the GT2 Corvette C6.R. A second version, developed specifically for the 2011 LMP1 regulations, would have to exchange the 6.0l in favour of a more compact NA or turbocharged engine.




The black, yellow and red livery combines the primary brand colours of both brands in a striking design fit for an LMP1 prototype. While certain stripe patterns reference Opel's racing liveries and road car designs, the intention was to create an entirely unique identity which would help create a more exciting image for both brands. With Vauxhall withdrawing works support from their BTCC team in 2009, and Opel absent from the DTM since the end of 2005, an LMP1 campaign would be an ambitious step towards expanding their motorsport heritage and brand recognition outside Europe.


You might have noticed a minor flaw on the rear wing where one of the Michelin decals (the right-side one) looked distorted and fuzzy. Subsequently I removed these as any attempts to move them closer to the centre made the wing look rather cluttered, while also producing separately-branded versions for both Opel and Vauxhall. Race numbers were also changed to bring them into line with real-life LMP1 prototypes.



Links:
Original.
Opel #16.
Opel-Vauxhall #17.
Vauxhall #18.
 
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Gran Turismo Mobil 1 NSX


A Formula Gran Turismo-style livery for the '08 EPSON NSX, made for an online race hosted by @Adam Barber. Originally influenced by the real-life JGTC Mobil 1 NSX and an old FGT semi-replica created before I joined GTPlanet.



Colour choice was decided by my initial idea to simply emulate the Mobil 1 scheme, plus the question of how the FGT could have inspired a possible mid to late-2000s Gran Turismo GT500 livery. My original plan to enter as a reserve in a purple Nissan might have also played a part in it...





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Gran Turismo Mobil 1 NSX
Gran Turismo Mobil 1 Honda (suit)
 

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Gran Turismo Mobil 1 NSX


A Formula Gran Turismo-style livery for the '08 EPSON NSX, made for an online race hosted by @Adam Barber. Originally influenced by the real-life JGTC Mobil 1 NSX and an old FGT semi-replica created before I joined GTPlanet.



Colour choice was decided by my initial idea to simply emulate the Mobil 1 scheme, plus the question of how the FGT could have inspired a possible mid to late-2000s Gran Turismo GT500 livery. My original plan to enter as a reserve in a purple Nissan might have also played a part in it...





Links:
Gran Turismo Mobil 1 NSX
Gran Turismo Mobil 1 Honda (suit)
Just need a number panel update and this will be a gorgeous entry for the current theme! :cheers:
 
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Infiniti GT500 Test Car


Another 2008 Super GT-style livery, and again created specifically for @Adam Barber's GT500 Suzuka challenge. Initially I had considered adapting my Sumo Power design, but then got inspired to imagine what an Infiniti Super GT livery could potentially look like. This turned out to be a simple, but attractive 'test' livery influenced by Red Bull Racing's early to mid-2010s schemes as well as the BTCC Q50 entered by the short-lived Support Our Paras team in 2015.



It took a while for me to experiment with gradient patterns and the right shade of purple to use; in the end, I used P2 Small Flakes for the base as it gave the right reflection effects without being too garish. During the GT500 challenge, the livery had slightly different placements for the large Infiniti logos on the doors, but these were changed for the upload so that they could be identical.




Links:
Car
Suit
 
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I'll consider the change... but I also have another couple of ideas which I'm thinking about using as an entry.

Watch this space...
Updated LEC #61 version now added to my 'GTP Livery Editor Competition Entries' post. The other main idea I had is already well into development, but at the moment I'm not sure when it will be completed.
 
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Red Bull WRX "Bullseye"

Inspired by a comment in my in-game Gallery requesting for said car/livery combo. Hadn't done a Red Bull livery for a long time as there are so many of them already, but felt it would be a good challenge to try and make something unique for the brand using the WRX.


Referenced plenty of real-life Red Bull rallying/rallycross liveries to start with, but ultimately developed something inspired by the 2019 'camo' style as I thought that style hadn't been done outside of F1 before. Think the combination of dark blue base and red hazard stripes would suit a rally/rallycross car really well, but time will tell whether Red Bull will do this in the near future. One element I'm sure hasn't been attempted in real-life yet is the 'dartboard' motif inside the Red Bull logos on the doors; this was added to make the livery less derivative and inspired the "Bullseye" part of the name. Secondary and tertiary sponsors were taken from past Subaru WRC liveries and with reference to Pirelli's tyre supply deal for the 2021 WRC and beyond.




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GR Yaris Circuit Concept




An asymmetrical paint scheme inspired by the 2019 GR Supra GT4 Concept livery. While working on this, I imagined that something similar would be applied to a track-focused variant of the GR Yaris or possibly a one-make rally/racing version as an alternative for the cancelled 2021 WRC project.





All screenshots shown here are of the updated 1.1 version, which has the 'correct' asymmetrical door mirrors from the Supra GT4 Concept as well as pattern adjustments and revised number boards. Images for the original version can be found in my earlier post from the main GT Sport livery thread.



Having tested it in stock tune so far on Autopolis and the Sardegna Windmills Time Trial, I can safely say that the GR Yaris is by far one of, if not the most capable hot hatches to be added to the game. Works really well on both circuit types and is incredibly grippy and price on dirt tyres; so much so that I'd highly recommend it as a starter car for learning rally tracks before moving on to more powerful 4WD/Gr. B machines.

UPDATE: And here is a version with fictitious Japanese licence plates, as requested in a comment on the 1.1 version. This uses a Toyota municipality plate and numbers found on Discover, the latter configured to both reference my racing number and the year of the car's launch.


Links:
Version 1.1
Version 1.1r (with licence plates).
 
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Mistral Motorsport GR Yaris


Created for @El_Beardo's upcoming GR Yaris Showdown, my own take on the 'Pink Vitz' meme with the Mistral Motorsport fantasy brand. Number boards are the same as on the Circuit Concept but resized and repositioned.


To make it stand out from the other Mistral liveries I've done before (including my LEC #38-winning NSX), I came up with the idea of having diagonal stripe patterns on the roof to make it look less empty, as well as sets of darker pink hazard stripes within the black and white shapes on the sides. The latter were inspired by an earlier Mistral GT-R GT500 I did with some references to the Goteki 45 Fury ship from WipEout HD Fury.


The front end somewhat reminds me of the pre-facelifted second-generation Aygo:

Might showcase my other Mistral liveries in a separate post at some point, but for now I will concentrate on getting prepared for the showdown as well as an endurance race this coming Sunday.
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Mononoke Team Toyota GR Yaris






The third instalment in my series of Princess Mononoke-themed liveries. As with my other two liveries on the same theme, it combines @Maninashed's San decals with patterns made entirely by myself using in-game shapes, but this time has been created from the ground up instead of it being an update of an older design. I must admit that I wasn't entirely happy with how parts of my previous Gr.B 86 variant worked out, and since I adore the GR Yaris so much I couldn't resist using it for another new livery in a style inspired by Toyota's recent WRC cars.

The general idea was to imagine how a Studio Ghibli-sponsored livery might look like for a 2022 challenger based on the GR Yaris, while also partially inspired by reports on Toyota's aborted 2021 project. With the WRC switching to hybrid regulations for that season, and the standard Yaris already offered as a hybrid variant, a Princess Mononoke theme would be made more suitable considering the film's environmental themes. Something which I didn't realise until after completing the livery is that the film will also be celebrating the 25th anniversary of its Japanese release the same year, which would be a happy coincidence if it tied in somehow to this interpretation of a potential Toyota/Ghibli partnership.

As with the 86 Gr.B, this livery includes alternative wheels for road (OZ Racing Superturismo WRC) and off-road (OZ Racing Leggenda) circuits. I deliberately chose these to add realism to the design and because I felt that they looked close enough to the types of alloy wheels usually found in the real-life WRC.



Parts of the Yaris's design, however, had their own limitations, which meant that some features such as the front 'mask' could not be completed as fully as on the 86 or the Gr.3 Alfa. Instead, I chose to make the 'mask' more abstract so that it could also double as a set of curved racing stripes stopping short of the Toyota badge. For the bumper markings, I initially had problems trying to add them between the lower grille and foglights due to them not displaying properly on that part of the bodywork. Considered at one point repainting the entire car red and applying white panels all over the areas I wanted, but eventually found a way to make a set of curved markings that would sit between the foglights and front wheel arches. Rather proud of that detail as it complements the foglight surrounds nicely and makes the car look a little more like the wolf girl herself.


As it was meant to represent a feasible rallying scheme, another difference over the 86 was the addition of front and rear registration plates, though in both cases placed in the default position. My first idea was to add Japanese plates similar to the Circuit Concept, then European plates with a similar numbering scheme to those fitted on real Toyota rally cars. However, as I wanted the Mononoke livery to stand out on its own and had already kept a decent collection of @D-Max's plate numbers/letters from past designs, I decided to use these to create a set of UK-style plates as a homage to those carried by Prodrive Subarus and M-Sport Fords. '22' indicates the livery as being a hypothetical 2022 concept.


One change I made after sharing work-in-progress screenshots in the Livery Thread was the removal of the small blue/grey panels ahead of the front wheels. While these were initially added to maintain consistency with the Alfa and Gr.B 86 liveries, I later felt that these ended up making the lower bumper more cluttered with the foglight markings already in place. For a while, I also considered sharing a version without the WRC numberboards to better show off the front quarter 'fur' patterns, but @Adam Barber felt that it looked more like an actual rally car with them. And yes, the gradients on the driver's side door were just as laborious, but not as stressful to work on as on the other liveries.



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Scuderia Porco Rosso




This Giulia TZ2 livery was born out of an idea I had a long time ago for a design inspired by one of the lesser-known Studio Ghibli films. Since Porco Rosso is about an Italian pilot and is partly set in Milan, basing it on an Italian car was a given; after an aborted first attempt using the Ferrari 458 GT3 and initially considering the 250 GT0 for a 1960s-style interpretation, I eventually felt that Alfa Romeo's historical connections to Milan would make the TZ2 a more fitting choice.

The general theme here is the titular protagonist's Savoia S.21 seaplane, with a few details referencing the fictional Piccolo aircraft manufacturer from the film as well as its original Japanese release date (18th July 1992).

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While making this, I imagined a scenario where the Piccolo company survived long enough into the post-war era to branch out as a customer Alfa Romeo racing team. Real-life TZ2 liveries were used as reference points for general licence plate and racing number placements, each made using Discover and self-made decals respectively. Part of my inspiration also came from a piece of fanart I saw years ago which reimagined the S.21 as a pre-war racer.




Probably the biggest challenge I faced was trying to factor in the TZ2's asymmetrically-shaped bodywork. This might explain why there are some subtle differences between both sides of the car, especially in the door numbers and front three-quarters.



Some discreetly-placed character artwork and logos at the rear along with the Italian tricolore. The 'MI' references not Hayao Miyazaki, the director, but the province code for Milan, the home of both Alfa Romeo and Piccolo S.P.A.



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Vulcan Venator V.5000 '67



The first-generation Vulcan Venator was introduced in 1965 as one of two performance vehicles developed under Vulcan’s 'Global Sports Car' project. Aimed primarily at North American and international export markets, it was the company's flagship four-seater fastback or convertible offered with high-output six-cylinder and V8 engines. Contemporary rivals for the Venator included fellow British sports cars such as the Aston Martin DBS/V8 and Jensen Interceptor, alongside the emerging American pony car scene lead by the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro.

The Venator's platform and mechanicals were also used for the European-focused Vulcan Tempest, which was generally available with four and six-cylinder engines and a 'short tail' three-door fastback body.


A high-performance 'V.5000' version was developed for homologation in GT and endurance racing, powered by a 5.0l V8 engine initially developing 305bhp or 367bhp in road trim. With an optional supercharger, this output could increase to as much as 453bhp. The V.5000 could easily be distinguished from the standard Venator by wider front and rear tracks, lightweight alloy wheels as well as sets of functioning air intakes to aid with brake and engine cooling. Optional two-tone paint schemes added large contrasting stripes to the sides, bonnet, roof and boot/trunk lid. Stripped-out racing models carried the internal designation 'V.5000R'.




Venator models produced from 1967 onwards featured a host of styling and mechanical revisions including a full-width rear light bar akin to the original Dodge Charger. The V.5000 also gained a unique front fascia with integrated headlights and intakes, along with increased power outputs from the 5.0l engine. During the same year, a larger-displacement 'V.7000' version was launched with a naturally-aspirated 7.0l V8 producing 440bhp.






In 1969, a limited-run 'V.5000 Injection' variant was introduced, powered by a 360bhp version of the fuel-injected 5.0l engine used in the Vitessa I endurance racer. Production of all variants continued until the arrival of the second-generation Venator and Tempest in 1970.

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Vulcan Venator V.5000 '67 (racing).
Vulcan Venator V.5000 '67 (road).
 
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