KnightHawk's new livery for Le Mans

April 23, 2002, Road Atlanta, GA - KnightHawk Racing has commissioned an all-new graphic design for it's MG Lola 675 LMP, and this new design will debut on the team's prototype at the Le Mans Practice Session. The MG Lola was delivered to the...

April 23, 2002, Road Atlanta, GA - KnightHawk Racing has commissioned an all-new graphic design for it's MG Lola 675 LMP, and this new design will debut on the team's prototype at the Le Mans Practice Session.

The MG Lola was delivered to the team in mid-February painted high gloss black -- one of KnightHawk's traditional three colors. As the Sebring event was rapidly approaching, the team applied graphics to the car adding the team's two other colors -- orange and silver. Working within a narrow window, the team did it's best to have the graphics depict the team's theme -- a soaring nighthawk.

Prototype drawing of the KnightHawk Racing MG Lola 675 LMP; graphics depict the team's theme of a soaring nighthawk by designer Dean Thompson.
Photo by Fineline Signs and Graphics.

After the Sebring event, and with more design time available, the team enlisted the design services of Dean Thompson at Fineline Signs and Graphics in Colorado. What you see here is the stunning result of Thompson's creative concept.

"There is nothing "cookie cutter" about what we do at Fineline -- every single job has its own characteristics which makes each job completely custom, " says Thompson. "In working with KnightHawk, we developed a concept that fulfilled their vision -- while staying within the requirements of a vinyl application. This is never an easy thing to do, so the relationship we build with the client is vital to the success of each project.

"We wanted to convey a unique design -- one that might make the fans say ' Wow -- did you see that!' adds team co-owner Steve Knight. The design that Dean has created beautifully depicts the teams "nighthawk" motif, and with the use of reflective orange and silver vinyl -- the car should really stand out in the dark, especially at Le Mans. It's going to be a lot of fun to "wing" this car around the track!"

"We certainly hoped for a very eye-catching design scheme -- and Dean Thompson and Fineline have certainly delivered," remarks co-owner Mel Hawkins. "It symbolizes the theme of KnightHawk Racing very well. I hope the fans like it, and to be honest with you -- I can't wait to see it reflect at night!"

Fineline Signs and Graphics started designing and producing racecar graphics over ten years ago. The company has grown to include everything from jet aircraft graphics to giant banners, but in this period of growth Fineline has not forgotten its roots. The Studio at Fineline has designed graphics for racecars, trailers, transporters and team merchandise that have been present at many of motorsport's major events. To create the graphics from these designs Fineline has extensive, state-of-the-art large format digital printing equipment that posses the capability to produce materials for virtually any advertising and event need.

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Series ALMS , Le Mans
Drivers Steve Knight