Renault could go retro with new livery

Renault put a 1977-style livery on its F1 car in 2007 - but never raced it

Renault put a 1977-style livery on its F1 car in 2007 - but never raced it

New rumours this week claim Renault is planning to redesign its cars’ liveries following the departure of title sponsor ING.

Renault has had one of the most unattractive cars in the pitlane since it introduced ING’s brand two years ago. Could we finally see a return to Renault’s smart liveries of the seventies and eighties?

The team recently revealed its new Formula Renault racing car in the company’s colours – which I think the current car would look great in:

2010 Formula Renault car - click to enlarge

2010 Formula Renault car - click to enlarge

Two years ago the team gave us a tantalising glimpse of what a modern F1 car would look like in an all-Renault livery:

Renault's 30th anniversary livery from 2007 (click to enlarge)

Renault's 30th anniversary livery from 2007 (click to enlarge)

To me, this is what Renault F1 cars shoud look like:

Jean-Pierre Jabouille in the original 1977 Renault F1 car (click to enlarge)

Jean-Pierre Jabouille in the original 1977 Renault F1 car (click to enlarge)

Rene Arnoux driving at Interlagos in 1980 (click to enlarge)

Rene Arnoux driving at Interlagos in 1980 (click to enlarge)

Alain Prost in action at Silverstone in 1983 (click to enlarge)

Alain Prost in action at Silverstone in 1983 (click to enlarge)

Patrick Tambay in 1985, the year Renault pulled out (click to enlarge)

Patrick Tambay in 1985, the year Renault pulled out (click to enlarge)

The new design on Fernando Alonso’s Renault cap at Japan last week may have been a nod towards the new look.

The Mild-Seven-blue-and-Renault-yellow clash they used in the early 2000s always looked like an awkward compromise to me, though it had its fans (and was, conveniently, the same colours as the flag of Alonso’s Oviedo homeland). The ING branding was even less successful.

With ING gone, there’s no longer a need for the cars to have the Dutch bank’s white and orange colours on its flanks. Will Renault make a quick change before the end of the year, or wait until 2010 to reveal a new look on the R30?

Read more: More pictures of the stunning retro Renault

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45 comments on Renault could go retro with new livery

  1. Bad_Whippet said on 14th October 2009, 12:23

    Here’s a link to some photos of the McLaren in orange…

    http://www.digi-help.com/auto/mclaren-mp4-21-formula-one-2006.asp

    Very nice, I like it a lot. Maybe just needs breaking up a bit with more black or a dark carbon effect and the top face of the front and rear wings shouldn’t be flat black.

    Amazing how a different shade makes all the difference… imagine a car painted entirely in Renault ING orange! That’d just be offensive.

  2. I think the fact that there are only two races left in the season and both are fly away will probably mean Renault won’t change the livery, although it would be nice if they did.

    I don’t really like the Formula Renault livery as I don’t think the silver works with the yellow and white, I liked the blue and yellow livery Renault used in the early 2000s.

    While I think the 30th anniversary livery is good and better than what they have at the moment, which wouldn’t be very hard, I wouldn’t rate it as great, the original 1977 livery looks much better.

    I think next years livery will be based around the sponsors colours as usual, though they will probably work some yellow in somewhere.

  3. Zazeems said on 14th October 2009, 16:52

    LOVE IT!!!
    There’s not nearly enough diversity in liveries at the moment.

  4. I think Renault’s livery from 2004-2006 with the last generation of Mild Seven’s sponsorship was one of the best schemes in the sport. Yeah, the one from 2007-09 was a bit bad, especially in 2007, but 2008 was pretty great, as was Alonso’s helmet that year.

    I like the retro rumor a lot. I first saw Alonso’s hat two weeks ago and found it curious. Hope it happens.

  5. Love the retro look.
    They can do some decals work overnight .. let’s hope ;)

    The mild seven cars of the Alonso championship years were nice looking imo, but yeah the ING car wasn’t a big hit.

  6. wasiF1 said on 15th October 2009, 3:08

    It looks good.

  7. I simply love it.

  8. I remember in the 80′s that I have a GOBOT (transforming toy from car to robot — like transformenrs) named Slick. he was a Renault Formula Car RE-20 to be exact.

  9. GeeMac said on 15th October 2009, 17:05

    That Renault looked mega in the retro livery…

  10. TwoTone said on 16th October 2009, 6:46

    Having black accents on any F1 car is winner for attracting heat from the sun. Especially when every detail matters.

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