AkzoNobel brings most striking colors to new F1 season

The votes are in, and the stunning new McLaren MCL33 – which features our Sikkens products – has been named best-looking car of the new Formula 1 season.

Fans of motor racing love a great-looking car and they have voted the eye-catching McLaren MCL33 – featuring our Sikkens products – as the most stunning car of the new Formula 1 season.

In its first poll of the year, the BBC Sport F1 site invited readers to pick their favorite design and it was the orange-hued Papaya Spark from McLaren which came out on top.

The results put the new McLaren well ahead of the chasing pack, with the car’s heritage-inspired livery netting 23% of the total vote.

The MCL33 was revealed last month and immediately grabbed the attention with its stunning design, which combines the latest technology with much-loved heritage colors. The racing livery was created using superior coatings technology supplied by our Sikkens brand.

“We’re very proud the new MCL33 has been voted the best-looking car for the 2018 F1 season,” said Peter Tomlinson, Director of AkzoNobel’s Automotive and Specialty Coatings business. “It’s fantastic to work together with a partner like McLaren. The results of the BBC poll underline our shared passion for color, technology, performance and celebrating McLaren’s racing heritage.”

The Papaya Spark color was first used by founder Bruce McLaren’s original – and the choice to use it again in 2018 pays homage to McLaren’s racing victories. The secondary colors on the new F1 car, Burton Blue and Cerulean Blue, were also developed by AkzoNobel in collaboration with McLaren

The McLaren F1 team relies on AkzoNobel’s coatings technology to produce a car which stands out and performs exceptionally well. Coatings provide color, protection and performance – all essential elements for F1 racing.

The innovative systems supplied by AkzoNobel have enabled the McLaren team to significantly reduce the total weight of paint on the car and decrease processing time by more than 50% – savings in weight and time which ultimately contribute to the car’s competitive edge on the race track.

The two companies have been working closely together since 2008, when AkzoNobel and its leading Sikkens brand first became the official supplier of paint solutions to the McLaren F1 team.