New British team Virgin's formula one car for 2010 will be mainly black, Brazilian race driver Lucas di Grassi has revealed.

It emerged a month ago that the single seater would be black and red, with the now departed team boss Alex Tai saying: "We're the new red car on the block."

Team figures wore black leather jackets with a white and red logo at the recent driver launch, and 25-year-old di Grassi has now revealed his helmet design for his rookie season.

"At the bottom (of the helmet) there are silver and black colours to match the car, which is all black, beautiful and a very nice design," he is quoted as saying by Brazil's Globo website.