Model hints at 2010 colour scheme for 1Malaysia / Lotus F1 car

1Malaysia F1 car model

1Malaysia F1 car model

The FIA announced today that Lotus will get the final place on the 2010 F1 grid. The Malaysian government has backed the bid and the entry was made by a company called “1Malaysia F1 Team”.

1Malaysia is an initiative of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, intended to promote unity among Malaysians. This brightly-coloured car model was on display at an official announcement in Malaysia today.

The team principal will be Tony Fernandes, who is ranked the 15th-richest man in Malaysia and set up Air Asia, the airline which sponsors Williams.

A statement from the government said: “??The cars will be made in Malaysia, by Malaysians [...] The team will announce its two drivers by October 31, 2009. Currently six local and international drivers have been selected.”

Ex-Renault, Toyota and Force India man Mike Gascoyne will return to F1 as the team’s technical director.

Interestingly, FIA president candidate Jean Todt has links to Malaysia via his partner Michelle Yeoh and his role as an ambassador for Malaysian tourism (about which questions were raised earlier this year).

The model above may prove not to be indicative of what the team’s final 2010 livery will look like – but I think it would be great to see such a radical colour scheme on the F1 grid.

But with Force India, US F1 and now 1Malaysia, is F1 slowly turning into A1 Grand Prix?

Update: Alex Yoong yesterday referred to the car as ‘project raibow’ on Twitter. Is this paint scheme serious?

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174 comments on Model hints at 2010 colour scheme for 1Malaysia / Lotus F1 car

  1. Andrew White said on 16th September 2009, 11:18

    That looks like the early BAR livery.

  2. Michael said on 16th September 2009, 11:23

    the new lotus team should race in Malaysian racing green

  3. You can say whatever you want regarding the color scheme of the car, but the team has the final decision and they are not getting your opinions. They have the right, period. Regarding the drivers, I think they’ll sign Yoong since he is still contracted and tied up with Proton Axes (malaysian Racing team for touring cars) and again, they have the final rights who to pick up and they are not getting your opinions. Period!

    • So what?

      To be honest this is a disgrace on the Lotus name. Not just the godawful appearance of the car but the whole package.

      Lotus is historically one of the greatest names in F1. It’s bad enough that they as a car manufacturer had to go cap in hand to Proton – renowned maker of some of the worst cars in class – in order to survive.
      Now this travesty, that will never score a point and will serve only to be a mobile chicane. Unbelievably, even more so with the likes of Yoong at the wheel.

      Let Lotus F1 rest in peace or scrap the ridiculous A1GP inspired idea of building it all in Malaysia with one of the worlds most politically corrupt and oppressive regimes.

  4. Stephen Higgins said on 16th September 2009, 20:23

    If it’s going to be Lotus, it has to be British Racing Green with a yellow strip down the middle.

    Anything else is an insult to Colin Chapman and Jimmy Clark.

  5. That paint scheme looks hideous. I’m sorry Team Lotus / Malaysia, but come on. Do you not have a slew of designers waiting on your doorstep to help design this thing? I would die to work on a project like this – yet a 10 year old was able to airbrush it :(

  6. sato113 said on 16th September 2009, 23:14

    lets bring back tobacco advertising and their wicked colour schemes, and also let people know smoking is cool. B)

  7. mclarenFTW said on 17th September 2009, 1:51

    does lotus actually have anything to do with this team…or is it just a name to get attention???

  8. force india fan(ex toyota fan) said on 17th September 2009, 19:04

    hoppfully this is a plastic, 2007, renalt practical joke that “project rainbow” made! come on it needs to scrap that horrable 1malazia name and get the lotus green and yellow that is crap!!!

  9. Boyland said on 21st September 2009, 3:26

    ok… well for a start, the colours should be in yellow/green… which i am 90% sure they will be… they wanted the name so bad that it cost them millions.. i am sure they are gonna use the colours as well. also as for the lotus drivers for 2010, u just have to look at the facts… they want experienced drivers who are looking at the end of their careers who can give valuable input to the team, they are not looking for malaysians(yet), so… barrichello who does not have a drive for next year, and fisi.. who ferarri already said that he will be a backup driver for them.. in 2010.. but are open to “loan” the driver out to help keep him race ready if he is needed back in the team, they are prolly the two best experienced(quality) drivers available and up for grabs.

    i have looked all over the net trying to find out who will be driving for lotus next year. and could not find much. but when u put it all together. this is the only conclusion i came to.

    Lotus car 2010, yellow and green
    Drivers, rubins, and fisi

    (sorry if there are typos i didnt check)

    • yellow & green represents brazil that wont happen in F1, &now ive heard that they will play the uk anthem yes ? the foundations of lotus were born in UK i do believe..

  10. ninimarini said on 23rd September 2009, 13:43

    UGLY. Its embarrassing. 1 NOT Malaysia. Designer gone mad.

  11. NinjaFish said on 4th November 2009, 17:25

    That is far too vulgar to be the colours of Lotus. Bring back the emerald green body with the yellow stripe, I say.

  12. Shomir said on 8th November 2009, 13:41

    It looks like as if someone blended a pizza and vomitted blue paint all over it

  13. oh no I haven’t seen that color on F1 cars A1 maybe looks awful for F1 cars pls keep colors to a minimum

  14. here are the real lotus colours, looks like pete pigotts got something going.

    http://www.petepigott.com/lotus_f1_2010.html

  15. It looks like an new malaysia lotus F1 racing model

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