Everyone is able to recognize British Racing Green in the automotive field. What perhaps not everyone knows is why it is called that. British Racing Green is the official color of international motor racing in the United Kingdom. We first saw it in 1903, during the Gordon Bennett Cup in Ireland, then still part of the United Kingdom. Car racing on public roads was illegal in Britain, but the competition was still held thanks to Ireland's support. As a mark of respect, the British team painted their cars Shamrock Green. From that day on it became known as British Racing Green.
Then, in the 1920s, Bentley achieved enormous success at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, sporting different shades of British Racing Green. The first recorded use was on the Bugatti of Briton William Grover-Williams, who entered the first Monaco Grand Prix in history, in 1929. In the 1950s and 1960s, British racing teams such as Aston Martin, Vanwall, Cooper, Lotus and BRM had great success in Formula One and other races by dressing in this shade. Outside of racing tracks, the color featured many road cars such as Mini Cooper, assembled in Oxford factories, or Mazda MX-5 with its "British Racing Edition," a tribute to British sports cars. In Maranello, too, they have decided to incorporate British Racing Green into the Prancing Horse's color scheme, accentuating its elegance and sporty character. We would have never thought to use such a bold color as the British Racing Green on one of our 500 Spiaggina ICON-E, and that it could look as cool as this. Luckily, a customer thought of it and that’s it!