U.K. paint manufacturer HMG Paints has become a technical partner of Prodrive Motorsport and will supply paints and coatings for Prodrive’s Aston Martin Racing and MINI World Rally teams. Prodrive’s race and rally cars require paint on a variety of surface types, including carbon fiber composite, aluminum, steel and plastics. The companies will work together to match sponsor colors, and to minimize paint and coating usage for weight savings.
HMG and Prodrive also plan to collaborate on a number of other coating projects, including using unique pigments to produce more vibrant colors and developing new heat management coatings. HMG says the two companies also are developing a lotus-effect treatment that will reduce the amount of mud and dirt that clings to a car during a race.