"The new orange swatch has about a hundred colours in there – yellows and oranges," he says. "It really makes our life easy when it comes to matching colours exactly for our corporate sponsors and for our own branding on cars, garages, hospitality areas and other structures we deploy at races."
It's crucial that these colours are accurate and replicable across every race event, across the whole season, as stickers are easily damaged on the track and must be replaced immediately with identical graphics.
"The team always carries 30 versions of every sticker so they can be replaced whenever needed. This amounts to around 1,400 stickers for every race," says Joe. "Eighty per cent of the stickers are sponsor-related so they have to be replaced with absolute precision."
The Roland technology must also be fast enough to meet the incredibly time-sensitive demands placed on Joe and his team. The VG2's improved drying times help to achieve this.
"I know now we can actually print stuff, laminate it and, if we need to, we can ship it to Australia on the same day that we actually print it," says Joe. However, if necessary Joe could contact a local PSP on the other side of the world with a TrueVIS VG2 and know it could print identical graphics to those coming out of the machine in the UK, giving Renault F1® Team even greater reassurance.
In addition to the TrueVIS VG2, the Renault F1® Team Paint and Graphics team uses a Roland CAMM-1 GR-640 vinyl cutter and four Roland MDX-540 milling machines to manufacture foam cores for some car parts.
"Every Roland machine we use is hugely reliable," says Joe – noting an essential attribute for anyone working at the kind of pace experienced by Renault F1® Team.
Joe adds: "We don't have downtime here. It's not an option."