Whittaker’s Audi R8
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.
VINYL COLOURS: AVERY DENNISON SATIN BLACK, AVERY DENNISON GOLD CHROME, AVERY DENNISON GOLD METALLIC, AND 3M RED