First look at Pierre Gasly’s Super Formula livery

This is the car that GP2 champion Pierre Gasly will race in Super Formula with Team Mugen.
By Paul Keith
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Profile view of Pierre Gasly's Super Formula car
Side on view of Pierre Gasly's new Super Formula car for 2017
Profile view of Pierre Gasly's Super Formula car © Maruo Kono

The 21-year-old Frenchman is joining an expanded two-car Mugen Team in the top flight of racing in Japan. It’s the same series that Stoffel Vandorne, who Gasly succeeded as GP2 champion, used as preparation for his step up to F1 with McLaren.

And Pierre will be joining a grid that also includes former F1 pilots Kamui Kobayashi and Kazuki Nakajima, whose Toyota TS 050 hybrid broke down barely one lap from victory at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, and GT star Jann Mardenborough.

Pierre Gasly's Team Mugen Super Formula car
Pierre Gasly's brand-new Team Mugen Super Formula car livery
Pierre Gasly's Team Mugen Super Formula car © Maruo Kono
Rear view of Gasly's Mugen Team Super Formula car
Rear three-quarter view of Pierre Gasly's Mugen Team Super Formula car's new livery for 2017
Rear view of Gasly's Mugen Team Super Formula car © Maruo Kono
GP2 champion Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly is seen during the GP2 Series 2016 in Abu Dhabi, UEA on November 26, 2016
GP2 champion Pierre Gasly © Dutch Photo Agency/Red Bull Content Pool

In heading to Japan, Gasly is following in the tracks of an earlier generation of European racers such as Michael and Ralf Schumacher, Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Eddie Irvine.

“It is all going to be very different, I have no experience with the car or the tracks and I know that the Japanese culture, philosophy, way of working, just about everything is different. It is a fantastic new challenge and I love that.”

Prepared by Mugen, Gasly’s Super Formula car is powered by a two-litre Honda powerplant with a lightweight Dallara SF14 chassis. Take a closer look below:

The front wing of Gasly's Mugen Team car
Close-up detail of the wing of Pierre Gasly's Mugen Team Super Formula car
The front wing of Gasly's Mugen Team car © Maruo Kono
The French tricolour flies on Gasly's car
Pierre Gasly's Mugen Team Super Formula car shows the colours of the French flag
The French tricolour flies on Gasly's car © Maruo Kono
The steering wheel of the Super Formula car
Steering wheel detail from Pierre Gasly's 2017 Mugen Team Super Formula car
The steering wheel of the Super Formula car © Maruo Kono
The rear diffuser
Close up of the rear diffuser from Pierre Gasly's 2017 Super Formula car
The rear diffuser © Maruo Kono