Whit­taker’s Audi R8

NZ Performance Car - - Doing It For The Bro -

To achieve the ap­pear­ance the client wanted, Red­line chose Avery’s Satin Black with Gold Metal­lic and Gold Chrome ac­cents. Tom­mie tells us that the only op­tion for this liv­ery de­sign was to use solid vinyl colours as op­posed to a dig­i­tal wrap.

The time­line for this job was lim­ited due to the fast ap­proach of the open­ing round of the North Is­land En­durance Series in which it races. This meant that the quick­est and most ef­fi­cient way to get this job done was to tape up the de­sign. “Nor­mally we would base-layer wrap the whole car; in this case that would have been the Avery Den­ni­son Gold Metal­lic, but be­cause we were pushed for time, we ap­plied the Satin Black mid­dle sec­tion and then ap­plied the Gold Metal­lic up to it with a 3–4mm over­lap.”

“Be­cause of the ex­treme roll over on the guards, it wasn’t go­ing to be pos­si­ble to com­puter-cut the black mid­dle sec­tion,” says Tom­mie. “This meant hand-cut­ting each panel on the car for the de­sign that the client had pro­vided.”

Tom­mie told us that com­pared to a nor­mal fleet car where they would typ­i­cally be able to com­puter-cut most of the pan­els and lay it out to ap­ply, be­cause of all the hid­den ar­eas and com­plex curves on the Audi, that would af­fect the way the vinyl laid down as it was ap­plied. A close eye was re­quired, along with a few me­tres of mask­ing tape, to en­sure that the fin­ished prod­uct looked like the 2D vis­ual.

The Whit­taker’s lo­gos and small flicks and de­tail­ing were cut from Avery Den­ni­son Gold Chrome, whereas the smaller spon­sors’ de­cals are printed on clear film, lam­i­nated, con­tour-cut to shape, and ap­plied last. This is done be­cause race cars tend to be cleaned with harsh chem­i­cals, and print­ing on a clear film cre­ates a solid bor­der edge in­stead of finer edges around the text, mak­ing it harder to lift when clean­ing.

This one took roughly a day and a half to ap­ply.


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