Fans to Citroën, Volkswagen and/or M-Sport: Paint ’em black!
The 2014 livery of Hyundai Motorsport’s i20 WRC is sweet and sexy, to me at least. But, as strange as it may sound, it’s the only one officially confirmed so far. While it’s likely that Volkswagen Motorsport, Citroën Racing and M-Sport will keep their existing liveries, with a tweak or two, nothing is official yet. Given how nicely Hyundai managed to avoid launching yet another white car, perhaps there is a chance we could see another team or two also moving away from the basic white and
embrace a bit of colour step over to the dark side for their 2014 cars.
But which colour would it be? According to some of the fans, namely Mike Shaw, Steven Harrell and Gary Boyd, all well known and respected members of the WRC community on Twitter, that colour is not colour at all. No, it’s not white, it’s black. And boy, do I agree with that! We’ve seen black cars in recent years, like Ford Fiesta RS WRC in all black guise for 2011 Rallye de France. Or Sebastien Loeb’s farewell car for this year’s edition of the same event. Black means business, especially if you put some accents to it.
Can we hope for some blackness on 2014 cars? Hard to say, and I must admit I’m not very optimistic. It’s only two days till the launch of Citroën’s cars, and if the recent tests they did with Mads Ostberg and Kris Meeke are any indication, we’ll be seeing the same white, red and gold decals on the DS3s next year. Volkswagen and M-Sport are the big unknown at the moment, but time will tell soon enough on whether they’ll opt to change their uniforms a bit.
Disclaimer: I’m well aware of the fact that it makes no actual difference what kind of colour the cars are, but hey, try telling that to a Subaru fan and see how they take it. There.