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Penske Reveals Acura DPi Liveries

Team Penske unveils Acura ARX-05 DPi liveries for WeatherTech Championship season…

Team Penske has revealed the liveries for its pair Acura ARX-05 DPi cars that will debut in this weekend’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The liveries, designed by Acura Global Creative Director Dave Marek, feature a mix of Penske and Acura’s signature colors, highlighted by a strong white base on both cars.

The No. 6 Acura, to be driven by Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya in the full ten-round Prototype season, features a white shark fin and nose, with the No. 7 car of Ricky Taylor and Helio Catroneves in a contrasting black layout.

IndyCar ace Simon Pagenaud will join Cameron and Montoya in the No. 6 car for Daytona, with Graham Rahal completing the lineup in the No. 7 Acura alongside Taylor and Castroneves.

It will mark Penske’s full-season return to top-level sports car racing since it competed in Grand-Am in 2009.

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  1. GrimBrother One

    January 22, 2018 at 2:33 pm


  2. jason

    January 22, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    The livery is rather dull myself. Best livery on an Acura was the Real Time team’s purple scheme. Should have gone with a more purple shade somewhere on the car.

    • Harry Manback

      January 22, 2018 at 2:55 pm

      Squircles For The Win!

  3. Parker

    January 22, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    It is refreshing to see a factory prototype with minimal sponsorship. I do like the earlier paint concept for the Acura (with all the triangles) better than this one.

  4. RobertB

    January 22, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Mmm. Not bad. I think they’ll stand out well compared to the rest of the field. Is it just me or did they rip off the headlights from a Ferrari 488 GTLM?

  5. Azuma

    January 22, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    WOW! They look amazing!

    I’ m a Fan of Monster Movies, Like Godzilla.

    And comparing the Prototype DPI:
    Acura: The Skullcrawlers (Kong Skull Island)
    Nissan: Godzilla (Godzilla)
    Cadillac: Kong (Kong Skull Island)
    Mazda: MUTO (Godzilla)

    Good luck, Acura.

    • Haskellb

      January 22, 2018 at 3:56 pm

      I disagree with you line up.

      Cadillac – Godzilla
      Acura – King Ghidora
      Nissan – Rodan
      Mazda – Mothra

      • Prototype 1

        January 22, 2018 at 4:36 pm

        Not sure about both of your line up, Nissan has always been Godzilla at Bathurst.

        However, Cadillac is American, the other 3 are Japanese. Cadillac should be Kong, since the USA is their territory, And last year, Cadillac won 7 out of the 12 races.

        Mazda is King Ghidora since Jeost is the team that got 13 Le Mans Wins.

        As for Acura, Rodan fits them perfectly.

        Nissan: Godzilla
        Cadillac: King Kong
        Mazda: King Ghidora
        Acura: Rodan

    • Atippius Roell

      January 23, 2018 at 3:11 pm

      Ok. Who is Gamera?

      • Atippius Roell

        January 23, 2018 at 3:18 pm

        #10 Caddy DPI

  6. The Fisherman

    January 22, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    No pictures of the back? That’s the only portion of the car the other teams will be seeing a lot of this year.

  7. johnny rokker

    January 22, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    SHARP. Really looks awesome.

  8. jmcn R

    January 22, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Boring, in fact Core may call and ask back for their leftover colours :). All the ARX01 & 02 liveries were nicer IMHO, even The tribute plane white/silver.

    That being said the actual car with a bit of gloss may look nicer than the rendering, hopefully…

  9. Brake Check

    January 22, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    I like the paint job, it’s a classic color scheme, thankfully lacks any overbearing sponsor signage, but also stays on the safe side as well. Not as impressive as the GTD acuras for sure, but better than most. Also, the paint job as well as the cockpit reminds of the Peugeot 905 Evo as well.

  10. Truth

    January 22, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    It looks like another factory prototype has chosen to use the red, black, white, silver paint scheme. How original in the 2010s.

    • GrimBrother One

      January 22, 2018 at 10:11 pm

      Dude I see brightass orange, not sure where you are getting red lol.

  11. tracer

    January 22, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    Excellent job all around. Looking forward to seeing them on track this weekend!

  12. prototypes are ugly

    January 22, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    good luck oreca with a boomerang

  13. Steven

    January 22, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Its not an Acura DPi, its a Oreca 07 that’s powered by an Acura engine. The only difference in appearance is a boomerang.

    • dave henrie

      January 22, 2018 at 5:31 pm

      Which is what IMSA desired. Acura/Mazda/Caddillac/Nissan will pour lots of advertising into the series. Gibson makes a fine Zytek based engine, but they do not have the funds to add revenue to the series. So if a little extra wing on the front makes the OReca into an Acura…POOF! We’ll call it an Acura.

      • Steven

        January 22, 2018 at 6:37 pm

        They do? Funny because I’ve been to several races and it’s the GTLM/GTD class and even the support series’ that puts way more advertising and displays out vs. the DPi manufacturers.

        • Rus'L

          January 23, 2018 at 12:32 pm

          True. But I expect the DPi manufacturers to put more $ in this year (though, some are already running in the GT classes…).

    • Andy Flinn

      January 22, 2018 at 6:15 pm

      Steven, the body is not by Oreca.

      • Steven

        January 22, 2018 at 6:32 pm

        So who made the Oreca 07 then? The Acura is an Oreca chassis with 99% bodywork of the Oreca 07. To claim it as an Acura is asinine. The only thing that makes this different from the base model is the boomerang and the powerplant/drivetrain.

        • goodgrief

          January 22, 2018 at 7:47 pm

          Give it a rest Stevie.

          I bet you think the Cadillac is really a Cadillac, don’t you.

          • Matt

            January 23, 2018 at 5:14 am

            Did you even read what he posted before you tried to make fun of him? He said the “Acura” DPi isn’t actually an Acura, besides the engine/electronics… The chassis is an Oreca with a boomerang on the nose and different headlights.

        • David Chaste

          January 22, 2018 at 10:07 pm

          It’s made to the rules, and those rules are what drew Honda/Acura to ante up for Penske’s services and Penske’s presence is drawing everyone else. That’s good enough.

          But for differences, it’s the acura headlights, different from the oreca 07, the engine and the boomerang. But what you don’t see is that they can have different wiring, suspension parts, gear parts, aero parts, than the standard LMP2.

          • Andy Flinn

            January 23, 2018 at 12:28 pm

            Matt, so it’s not really an Acura DPi unless everything is OEM?

            I know that’s not the goal of DPi, even if that’s what the haters claim.

            Have you not been paying attention to happenings in the WEC?

            First Nissan, then Audi, then Porsche are all OUT!

            That leaves only Toyota to score (possibly) a hollow victory against the LMP1 privateers at Le Mans this year.


        • David D

          January 23, 2018 at 2:33 am


        • Andy Flinn

          January 23, 2018 at 12:19 pm

          Stephen, it’s asinine to ignore that Acura redesigned the bodywork.

          Also, if it’s basically just an Oreca body (“99 percent”), why are Oreca teams banned from using it at Le Mans and in the WEC LMP2 class?

          • Steven

            January 23, 2018 at 4:49 pm

            Read the LMP2 regulations Andy, I’ve explained the reasoning enough to your but you can’t get it through your thick head. Or to put it short, Manufacturers are not allowed in LMP2 anymore.

  14. John

    January 22, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    I prefer the preliminary livery they used on the show cars.

    Penske always plays it safe with their schemes.

    Now if Shank was running this program…

    • Andy Flinn

      January 22, 2018 at 6:19 pm

      John, I would love to see Penske blue (never a safe color) maybe even with some Sunoco associate sponsorship.

      This livery looks good.

      The black billboard, er, fin, looks better, IMHO.

  15. Pierre

    January 22, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Won’t be very white by the end of it

  16. Mike S.

    January 22, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    Its okay. United Autosports is better. Again can’t do different colors?? I’m not buying well we will put black on one fin and white on the other with black and red mirrors totally making the difference so easy for commentators and fans to easily tell the difference. I don’t buy the awesome creativity of team that has the same design with minimal changes between team cars. I get the brand recognition on a business level but how many times will we hear on commentating was that the #6 pitting or the #7? This isn’t the only team either doing this so not being anti-Penske. Gentilozzi team will be who was that that crashed was that the #14 or #15?

    • Andy Flinn

      January 23, 2018 at 12:32 pm

      Mike S., both Penske ALMS LMP2 Porsche Spyders were painted essentially the same.

      I don’t remember this being an issue then.

  17. vanilla chinchilla

    January 23, 2018 at 2:31 am

    can’t say I love it, it still looks like an early stage computer rendering

  18. Matt

    January 23, 2018 at 5:16 am

    This isn’t very creative or interesting at all.

  19. N8

    January 23, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Honda Championship White w/ splashes of Acura orange. As it should be.

    Gotta say, with the “boomerang” and fenders painted the same color, the styling cues are much more impactful. Instead of looking like an Oreca with a wing on the nose, it’s more like an NSX with an F1 wing assembly lodge in the grille.

  20. Russ

    January 28, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    Gorgeous car! Penske has always rolled with a principal sponsor livery + any series-required stickers. That’s why his cars look so beautiful: Sunoco, Marlboro, DHL, Verizon, etc.

    A big bonus is his cars are always immediately identifiable on TV and to the race fans. The current trend of making the cars messy with ‘artistic’ liveries makes them minimally recognizable during the race. Penske’s cars are clean and they stand out. This provides the principal sponsor substantial TV exposure.

    He’s not called “The Captain” for nothing.

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