There have been a lot of great paint schemes on race cars over the decades. There's the blue, red, and white combination of Martini. You also have the red, green, and white scheme of Castrol. Tobacco and alcoholic beverage companies have pretty iconic liveries too like Silk Cut, John Player Special, Marlboro, and Martini.
But perhaps the Gulf colors are among the most recognizable out there, thanks to its unique shade of blue and orange.
Now, those colors grace a special car. It's the McLaren Elva, and it suits the car pretty well, don't you think? But there's a bigger reason why McLaren draped their latest supercar in Gulf colors. It's because the two companies are back together again with Gulf becoming the recommended oil of McLaren cars starting 2021.
This isn't the first time Gulf and McLaren got together. The oil company is among McLaren's first sponsors from its humble beginnings in the late '60s. The Gulf branding appeared on McLaren’s Can-Am, Formula 1, and Indy cars from 1968 to 1973. The two brands reunited in the '90s with the McLaren F1 endurance racers wearing the blue and orange colors in race tracks around the world.
With Gulf back in the picture, there is something we'd like to see in the future. That would be those iconic colors on McLaren's Formula 1 race cars next season. Sure, the “papaya” scheme is eye-catching, but wouldn't it be great to see the Gulf scheme back in Formula 1? It's been decades since it was last used in the sport, so seeing a modern version of it would sound rather exciting.