Renault reveal R30 with new 2011 Lotus livery

2011 F1 season

Renault 2011 Lotus livery

Renault 2011 Lotus livery

Renault have revealed the first genuine photographs of their current R30 F1 car in the new 2011 Lotus livery.

It has a black-and-gold design similar to that which Tony Fernandes’s Lotus Racing team also intends to use in 2011, harking back to the John Player Special Lotuses of the 1970s and 1980s.

Renault announced this morning it will be sponsored by Lotus Cars in 2011, who have also invested in the team.

Lotus Racing and Lotus Cars are currently in dispute over the rights to the use the name “Lotus”.

Renault 2011 Lotus livery

Renault 2011 Lotus livery

Update: Another rendering of the livery:

Renault 2011 Lotus livery rendering

Renault 2011 Lotus livery rendering

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131 comments on Renault reveal R30 with new 2011 Lotus livery

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    • Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 8th December 2010, 15:26


      they just bought 2 pots of paint (one gold, one black) and went: “there you go, John Player Special”.

      But it just doesn’t look right… appart from the red endplates

    • bananarama said on 8th December 2010, 17:17

      Agreed, this really looks wrong. The rendering ooks fine, but the real thing just looks wrong in so many ways.

      Whats worst about it is that they all act like children. Team Lotus announced a while ago that they would use that kind of livery, so what is the first thing that Lotus Renault does? Show this livery. How much lower can they go?

      And people once thought that Renault was only behaving stupid and purile when Briatore was in charge ………….

    • matt90 said on 8th December 2010, 17:31

      Ironically, the new yellow pirelli logo on the tyres would have perfectly suited lasts years yellow renault and last years green and yellow lotus.

    • Adam Tate said on 8th December 2010, 21:48

      You got that right! Especially with those stupid red endplates to make Total happy.
      It seems that every time I start to like Renault in F1 again, they do something stupid to completely mess it up. They should go back to the gorgeous telefonica livery they had earlier in the decade, give Kubica a worthwhile team mate and stay as Renault.

      Morons, morons, morons.

      And don’t even get me started on Danny Bahar. That man is singlehandedly going to ruin Lotus.

      • Adam Tate said on 8th December 2010, 21:50

        And though it may make quite a few of you angry,

        I’ve never really been a big fan of the JPS livery. I loved that the true Lotus team wore British racing green this season.

        • Uncle Bob said on 9th December 2010, 22:51

          You’re probably right about BRG being the true livery, but I grew up with the JPS livery, and I loved it… Not sure about this new interpretation though.

    • Patrickl said on 9th December 2010, 10:49

      Yeah, amazing how they could get something so simple so wrong.

  1. Like the old JPS days… I like it!

  2. Ned Flanders said on 8th December 2010, 12:10

    Those red endplates ruin what might otherwise be one of the best liveries I have seen in years.

    Regardless of how much I like it, I hope I never have to see this car on track

    • ignoring the red endplates which are obviously to appease total, this is the worst execution of JPS style i have seen.

      the stripes running down the nose are tight at the cockpit, and get wide and loop under the nose, making the whole nose look like a big droopy lotus logo in a sock. not elegant or dynamic or flattering at all.

      • Nitpicker said on 8th December 2010, 13:34

        Agree. The gold linework looks too heavy, the original JPS style was more of a pinstripe wasn’t it?

        It could perhaps do with varying-width lines, like the mid-90s Rothmans Williams.

        • bosyber said on 8th December 2010, 20:21

          Exactly. From the back it looks sort of okay, but a bit unrefined and clumsy, the front/side views look bad – and the gold strips on the front wing look like ridiculous bling.

      • Fixy (@fixy) said on 8th December 2010, 16:22


        • Woffin said on 8th December 2010, 17:26

          I agree as well but bear in mind that this is the bodywork of the 2010 car. The 2011 car will undoubtedly have new bodywork, therefore a different shape and therefore will need different lines. Why go to all the effort of getting the lines right when they’ll just have to do it again when the new shape is out?

          Still though, it’s not very nice looking at all.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 8th December 2010, 18:39

        A bit like the McLaren with the big Mercedes star on the front last year. That also looked quite wrong and heavy at the front.

    • TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 8th December 2010, 13:06

      Agree with Ned. The Red ruins the whole thing.

      That aside the R30 was one of my all time favourite liveries. Is a shame it has to go just because Renault are jumping on the Lotus bandwagon.

      • Todfod (@todfod) said on 8th December 2010, 13:27

        Do you mean the R29?

        • Nitpicker said on 8th December 2010, 13:32

          No – the yellow and black they used for the 2010 season. Just a one-off as it turns out, which is a shame.

          • damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 8th December 2010, 13:45

            I agree. What a shame we have to see the great 2010 livery gone already. *cries*

          • The yellow black was a great livery…

          • BasCB (@bascb) said on 8th December 2010, 18:26

            I liked that livery as well. Best livery they had in years.
            When seeing these pictures, I can imagine Fernandez saying they helped his case with this car in this livery. It is completely obvious they are intentionally going against his entity.
            And from what i understood, the Team Lotus rights from David Hunt very clearly state that only they are allowed to run that Lotus logo with the initals and green field in F1.

      • Baronetti said on 21st December 2010, 11:20

        Eh? I think you’ll find it’s the other way around. There is no Renault anymore only the engines. Group Lotus (you know THE Lotus car manuafacturer?) acquired Renaults minority share so logically, they are the true Lotus manufacturer. Gascoynes team only licensed the use of the name.

        Both owned by Korean companies – the only thing they have in common.

    • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 8th December 2010, 18:43

      Regardless of how much I like it, I hope I never have to see this car on track

      Hear hear.

  3. Photographing that at the Renault World Series next year is going to be interesting… not sure I’m a fan.

  4. Stephen said on 8th December 2010, 12:12

    That’s pretty bad.

    If they’re going to go down that path at least get rid of the red Total endplates.

  5. What about Vitaly Petrov? Those that mean is out?

  6. that yellow logo ruins it ;/

  7. Pimperial said on 8th December 2010, 12:15

    I think the livery looks great!

  8. Laurie said on 8th December 2010, 12:15

    The finish is too Glossy, giving it a horrible shine. The gradient on the gold just makes it look too wishy washy and the Red Endplates just ruin it.

    • Calum said on 8th December 2010, 18:14

      I noticed in my local newsagent that JPS are sold in a gloss black box (as well as blue and indeed red). The new Lotuses are great free publicity for the cigarette manufacturer.

      • Calum said on 8th December 2010, 18:17

        The new Lotuses are great free publicity for the cigarette manufacturer, and you can bet the CEO of the company is loving it – because no health experts are complaining about this subliminal advertising. You can bet JPS won’t stop either Team using the colours, because of the free advertising. However Lotus cars cannot accept the free advertising they are getting from New Team Lotus… surely bad business froma car company about to invest in a whole new fleet of automobiles.

  9. Dan Thorn (@dan-thorn) said on 8th December 2010, 12:17

    All the red ruins it and there’s too much gold. Looks more like a Wolf.

  10. Red Andy (@red-andy) said on 8th December 2010, 12:20

    I quite like it. Also, someone needs to close a bold tag.

    Did that do it?

  11. and it dosent hava Lada and HP sponsors logo on it … damn

  12. Ehren said on 8th December 2010, 12:22

    I have to say, I appreciate the design effort and am annoyed with the Lotus-row-gate-whatever already, but think that this is a pretty ham-fisted way to execute the John Player Special livery. It’s clunky, and not just because of the red.

    • Adrian said on 8th December 2010, 12:40

      It looks like someone at Renault took a quick look at the Gallery on entries for the Team Lotus livery competition and thought – hmm, we’ll just copy that one whilst looking at one of the worst entries…

      …seriously, this is the best they could come up with???

  13. Are JPS cigarettes still available? If so, I bet they are looking forward to all this free subliminal advertising from one of the biggest sports in the world.

    Also, if they are still available, would the liveries fall foul of fag ad bans?

    • Dutch_Alex said on 8th December 2010, 12:27

      I believe my dad smokes ’em, but there in a red pack with gold letters. But that would be pretty simple to change the red to black:P.

      • Well this is interesting then. If the livery refers to a current cigarette brand (even if not directly, or through actual sponsorship) ok with the FIA?

        I wonder because the Marlboro logo can’t be used on current Ferraris any more, and therefore presumably if (hypothetically) McLaren wanted to use it’s old red and white Marlboro inspired livery it wouldn’t be allowed to.

      • James said on 8th December 2010, 12:44

        They’re still sold in black and gold packets in the United Kingdom, at least until the Government gets its way and removes all branding and packaging from tobacco products and replaces them with a single white/black colour packet…

  14. Also the gold stripes are too thick to work as a JPS homage, they should be pinstripe thin.

  15. Anders said on 8th December 2010, 12:25

    It´s all ugly, & indeed it looks more like a Wolf, so get rid of the all too big lotus badge!

  16. Chris Pattison said on 8th December 2010, 12:25

    To be fair the quality of the photo possibly makes it look a little duller then it should but it’s still the poorest example of a JPS theme ever.

    If it’s really had the weeks of thought gone into it that they claim then they should be quite embarrassed.

  17. Why has a Malaysian backed Luxembourg-owned French sponsored car driven by a Pole got a Union Jack flag on it?

  18. Abuelo Paul said on 8th December 2010, 12:30

    Pants, 1970’s Airfix kit with a 10 year olds humbrol paint job. Not refined at all.

  19. I actualyl quite like it. I’m not a big fan of the red end plates though. I’d still rather have a yellow car to liven up the grid.

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