adrianjordan wrote: ↑
Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:24 pm
Personally I think the car would look amazing if they had a sort of pearlescent orange paint....like some of their road cars have....
Did you forget already?
The 2017 McLaren used Tarocco Orange (darker metallic) instead of Papaya Spark or McLaren Orange. McLaren claimed the 2018 car used Papaya Spark rather than McLaren Orange.
McLaren indeed have four orange colours: Tarocco Orange (a darker metallic), Venture Orange (a lighter metallic that is close to Papaya Spark & McLaren Orange ), Papaya Spark (metallic?) and McLaren Orange (solid colour).
The closest to the historical colour are Papaya Spark and McLaren Orange. Supposedly Papaya Spark is a metallic colour with a clear coat (well it would have to be a paint that uses a clear coat, if McLaren were able to eliminate the clear coat in 2020!), whereas McLaren Orange is the historical single stage colour, however both colours appear to be quite similar to me.
Perhaps a McLaren enthusiast could clarify the history and positioning of these various orange McLaren road car colours?
Would Ventura Orange (below) fit your requirement best for a more striking orange close to the traditional McLaren colour? Though Papaya Spark supposedly contains some fleck/pearl over and above the McLaren Orange (otherwise what would be the point of offering them as two different colours) , the current Papaya Spark doesn't appear particularly metallic.
The Ventura is quite a bit lighter than the Taracco but a bit darker than the Papaya Spark, while also being an obviously metallic colour that looks different depending on lighting angle unlike the subtly metallic Papaya Spark.
Note the slight metallic fleck in the Papaya Spark, which McLaren claim is the orange they are using in F1.
IMO the Papaya Spark has ever so slightly more depth to it than the McLaren Orange, which does indeed seem to make the 2018 onwards race cars look a little bit "better" than the McLaren test cars in pure McLaren Orange which often looked a bit "washed out" to me.
However these oranges are very sensitive to lighting and exposure, so it's very hard to tell the true colour from photographs!
PS. Renault could in theory paint their cars in Liquid Yellow like their road cars, but (like most pearl paints) it's a three-stage paint -- colour, tinted clear, clear -- so would be rather heavy!
Yet Alfa Romeo races just fine with the similar three-stage pearl Competizione Red colour, so maybe paint weight is not a big deal.