AkzoNobel adds colour tonew 2018 McLaren Formula 1 car

AkzoNobel adds colour to the new 2018 McLaren Formula 1 car

5:41 AM, 26th February 2018
AkzoNobel’s coatings technology revives McLaren F1 team’s racing heritage
MCL33 the 2018 McLaren Formula 1 racing car with AkzoNobel’s new Papaya Spark.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS: The 2018 McLaren Formula 1 racing car, MCL33 was launched with AkzoNobel’s new Papaya Spark – an eye-catching primary colour developed by AkzoNobel in conjunction with McLaren-Honda.

Reflective of McLaren’s racing heritage, Burton Blue and Cerulean Blue also feature on the new F1 car. McLaren first used Papaya in 1968 – the decision of founder Bruce McLaren.

The McLaren team relies on AkzoNobel’s coatings technology to provide colour, protection and performance – all essential elements for F1 racing. The innovative coating systems supplied by the company have enabled the McLaren Formula 1 team to significantly reduce the total weight of the paint and decrease processing time by more than 50 percent.

AkzoNobel’s new coating systems offer numerous performance and sustainability benefits, such as the latest UV curing primer technology, low film weight, a water-based colour coat and super-fast clearcoat – all with significantly reduced emissions. The company’s Sikkens brand – a frontrunner in providing premium automotive paint solutions – has helped McLaren become a leader in the sustainability race for the new F1 season.

The two companies have been working closely together since 2008 when AkzoNobel first became the official supplier of paint solutions to the McLaren F1 team. McLaren has used AkzoNobel’s premium Sikkens brand for its F1 cars ever since.

“Today’s reveal is another milestone in our commitment to delivering cutting-edge innovation. It’s fantastic to work together with a partner like McLaren, who we are proud to have partnered with for ten years in our shared passion for technology and high performance,” said Peter Tomlinson, director of AkzoNobel’s automotive and speciality coatings business.

“Working together with AkzoNobel is an example of how a long-term partnership can continue to challenge and inspire engineers and scientists. The technical developments AkzoNobel has delivered this year will be key to our competitive position on the track. Co-innovating on projects over the winter has resulted in significant weight and time-savings and a water-based, more sustainable livery,” said Jonathan Neale, chief operating officer, McLaren Technology Group.

“We are constantly chasing marginal gains. From working together with AkzoNobel for ten years now, we have the knowledge and trust to co-develop innovative ideas, driving our technical teams to explore the bravest solutions and create a quality finish in F1 which embodies our relentless pursuit of excellence,” added Neale.

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