DJR Team Penske has develop to be the primary Supercars workers to disclose its throwback livery for the upcoming ‘retro’ spherical at subsequent weekend’s RABBLE.membership Sandown 500.
After a fragile nod to its extended affiliation with Shell closing 12 months, the squad has gone all-out with a full retro livery all via each autos for 2018, dipping as soon as extra into its non-public historic earlier to considered one amongst its best durations.
The autos will hit the monitor for the primary time on the workers’s pre-Enduro Cup confirm day at Queensland Raceway on Wednesday.
1988 Dick Johnson Racing Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500
DJRTP’s retro livery marks the 30th anniversary of the workers’s dominant 1988 season, the place Dick Johnson and John Bowe steamrolled the opposition to say a 1-2 championship end.
Between them, they accounted for victories in eight of the 9 rounds and achieved 1-2 on 5 events, whereas Johnson claimed seven pole positions — together with six in a row to start out the 12 months!
“Those Sierras have been the proper Touring Cars on the planet, and now we have now been completely and totally on prime of our recreation,” Johnson talked about.
“Seeing that typical livery on these autos is also very particular and brings as soon as extra many good recollections. It’s exhausting to consider it’s been 30 years, nonetheless incredible to relive these unbelievable occasions and see that livery as soon as extra on monitor.
“Hopefully we could also be as worthwhile at Sandown as now we have now been all by the ’88 season.”
The retro-look Falcon was joined at DJRTP’s base by the Bowden family-owned DJR4.
That chassis constructed by DJR by the 1988 season and made its race debut on the 1988 Sandown 500, qualifying on pole place for each Sandown and Bathurst that 12 months.
THE DEVIL IN THE DETAILS
One of the pleasing parts of retro liveries is recognizing all these little nods and winks to the automobile that impressed the look.
Here’s only some of the finer particulars we’ve seen.
That coloration …
The workers’s Falcons will roll out in a darker pink coloration than the present Shell V-Power pink, matching the distinctive coloration of the 1988 Shell Ultra-Hi Sierras.
Those numbers …
The 1988 look wouldn’t be full with out numbers on the doorways, with each the Scott McLaughlin/Alex Premat and Fabian Coulthard/Tony D’Alberto autos sporting their No. 17 and No. 12 on their entrance doorways of their FG X Falcons.
DJRTP have used the period-correct font for the digits, black on a white background.
Even the background has a pleasant ingredient you wouldn’t uncover from interval images — the white has a optimistic gold edging, a attribute of the quantity plate on all DJR autos all by the 1980s.
That Shell emblem …
Commercial commitments being what they’re as of late, DJRTP’s common Shell V-Power logos nonetheless run at an angle down the autos’ flanks.
But they’ve carried out what they’re going to: a take a look at the bonnet reveals the suitable interval Shell emblem, white textual content material materials with a black keyline.
Those rims …
When you ponder a DJR Sierra you ponder these engaging gold seven-spoke wheels, initially produced for the workers by Castalloy in South Australia.
DJRTP has matched that look, spraying a few objects of rims in gold to match, which foxsports.com.au understands will be utilized on the autos all via observe ahead of returning to the identical previous silver for race day.
While these seven-spoke rims didn’t seem on the autos till mid-1989, the BBS and Simmons wheels utilized by the workers in 1988 had silver rims with gold centres — so it nonetheless greater than ticks that topic.
Those wing particulars …
The wing on the as soon as extra of the RS500 Sierra was considered one amongst its signature selections.
On the interval DJR autos, they retained the black trim objects of the highway autos whereas fully completely different groups painted them to match the remainder of the livery.
The DJRTP Falcons have mimicked this attribute; the mainplane stays pink with a white Detroit Diesel emblem, whereas the tip plates flip black to hold the DXC Technology emblem.
That Dunlop sticker …
One of the nicest touches on the automobile is one you wouldn’t uncover at first look.
Unlike each fully completely different sponsor emblem on the automobile, the small Dunlop stickers on the sides of the rear bumper isn’t really a part of the frequent 2018 DJRTP livery.
But the emblem is a match for measurement and placement of a Dunlop emblem on the distinctive RS500 Sierras.
It first appeared in that location on their autos at Silverstone in 1988 when Johnson and Bowe took a car over to compete in a spherical of the European Touring Car Championship, qualifying on pole forward of the extra fancied native Sierras of Andy Rouse and Ruedi Eggenberger.