Renault R30 in 2011 Lotus livery

Renault reveal 2011 Lotus livery on last year’s car

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Renault have revealed the black-and-gold Lotus livery their F1 cars will carry in the 2011 season.

Their 2010 F1 car bearing the new livery was formally launched this afternoon at the Autosport International show.

Vitaly Petrov, team principal Eric Boullier, the team’s new racing ambassador Jean Alesi and Colin Chapman’s son Clive were on hand to reveal the car.

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  1. Etienne Peters
    13th January 2011, 9:58

    That’s one nice looking livery, only make the red black, leave “Total” white ;)

    1. I think the red adds a necessary splash of colour/ detail.
      Looks great as it is. :)

      1. I agree. I actually like the red front wing end-plates too. And I am also quite pleasantly surprised at how nice this car looks. But I still think it would have been nicer if they’d kept their 2010 livery, and Lotus could have had something like this instead. Oh well.

      2. Go Vitaly! Nice color when mixed with wall paint… :)

    2. Won’t black heat up the car/engine?

    3. This livery is Totally ruined.

      1. Definately agree with this….

        1. miguelF1O (@)
          14th January 2011, 4:28

          yes it is

      2. Literally too since it’s the “Total” sponsoring that ruins a substantial part of it.

    4. miguelF1O (@)
      14th January 2011, 4:27

      i agree i love red but there aint no other red on F1 but Ferrari red corsa

    5. I agree with Etienne, the Red detail make the whole livery look Fugly

  2. Ive personally lost all interest in Renault and Lotus now.

  3. Because of this stupid controversy that’s still ongoing, I am completely underwhelmed by what should actually be a very exciting sight to see for any long-term F1 fan.

    1. My sentiments entirely.

      1. Is it right Renault will be racing under a british licence next season?

    2. I agree with that wholeheartedly as well.

    3. well put. shame isn’t it.

    4. Well said Magnificent Geoffrey.

    5. well said

    6. COTD. no doubt.

    7. UneedAFinn2Win
      13th January 2011, 13:26


    8. Ain’t that the truth. You hit the spot with that one. :(

    9. Lol, slightly late to the party – but I agree with this statement too.

    10. I wholeheartedly disagree! Just to go against the grain

      1. I’ll agree to disagree with Ned.

    11. I also completely agree with myself, 100%.

      1. I agree with you more than you do.

        1. but not more than I do.

          1. And somewhat less tha. I do..

    12. Decided to join the reply party :p I think this is the longest reply streak I’ve seen on F1F!

      The livery is nice, it maybe slightly better with a little less red, but I’m excited to see a livery that is mainly black!

      Talk about a mixed identity! The historical color scheme is just confusing, they should’ve started with something else not to taint the classic JPS Lotus colors!

    13. 20th agreement!

      1. 21st agreement

    14. On the contrary, I am truly excited by this launch as I’m not fully bothered by the “controversy.” There is no controversy now, as who the real Lotus should be is clear with this launch and the presence of Clive Chapman too. There’s just one real Lotus outfit and the other is just a name – end of controversy.

  4. The red bits stick out like a sore thumb

    1. or like a sore endplate…

  5. Hand me the sick bag.

  6. Oh look, there’s that Wolf again.

    Anyway, think I’ll go make a coffee.

  7. Big shame, I really loved the yellow – best looking car on the grid. With the all-black wheels it looked like a real racing car, reminiscent of the Jap GT cars. This just looks terrible in my opinion.

    I know to some black and gold is very evocative of the Lotus glory days but frankly I’m too young – not too young to notice that black, gold and red is a bad, bad colour scheme though.

    1. I think the thing is, this is a hideous implementation of what was a beautiful colour scheme Rob.

      It’s a far cry from…

        1. It’s not supposed to be a direct lift of the Lotus Williams design, it’s a new design inspired by it.

          1. Lotus-Renault, even (the old one).

    2. yeah shame the yellow renault is gone. is renault had an HRT kind of colour last year, then this change would be more welcomed.

      don’t forget people, that the car will look different flying around a track.

      1. I was going to say that. A good livery in place of a wonderful one isn’t very nice. A good livery in place of an awful one would be a million times better.

    3. Amen! The Black/Yellow renault last year was excellent, and it was me and my 4 year old’s favourite. “That us daddy” he’d always say, although I was always Petrov while he got Kubica :(

      I can’t help but feel the gold isn’t bright enough, there’s not enough contrast with the black.

      But yeah, I don’t really care about any historical merit. This livery holds about as much F1 nostalgia value for me as that boring Fleetwood Mac song *yawn* IT’S 2010 PEOPLE!

      1. 2011 actually…

        and by the way, I kind of like it, but the yellow and black livery was far better

      2. Actually, it’s 2011 already! ;-)

        1. I’m living in the past :(

          “What year is it? WHO’S THE PRESIDENT?!”

      3. How can you call the chain boring!? Its a great track, and works fantastically for racing

        1. yes but not to a computer animated intro! if they used real footage, then it’d be awsome!

    4. I’m going to miss the yellow and black, it was so striking on the track. :( I also have a serious distaste for black cars. Whatever, my heart is utterly broken over this whole sorry affair.

  8. I really, really like it. Black cars are generally cool and they’ve managed to integrate the gold lines in a way that really shows off the shape of the car. I also think the red really works (which I know a lot of people here actually hate); it contrasts purely with the black (a lovely colour combination) and doesn’t interfere with the gold colouring at all.

    Thumbs up, Renault!

    1. Hm, i do not really agree. I think the gold bars should be a lot thinner to make it look distinctive. This is almost like FI dabbing the gar in gold for their first livery, just too much of it.

      I do agree that the red from Total gives the car a more interesing contrast and adds to the livery to make it more than just a dream of being the Team Lotus with JPS livery.

      1. Well said Bas, I fully agree.

        The gold on the nose does show off the shape of the rather bulky blunt nose, but it doesn’t look well. With the original livery the nose just fitted in and gave it some solidity.

    2. I get the feeling the Gold is thicker and more prominent than necessary so that it looks better on TV at speed.

      I think pinstripe Gold will be lost on TV… though, with HD now, maybe not :-)

  9. Dammit. Compared to the dropped Team Lotus’ beautiful Black/Gold idea, this is ugly.

    Team Lotus should consider using Black/Gold again. With all that red, they would be easy to tell apart.

    1. Agreed, Team Lotus’ livery idea looked a lot nicer. Damn Group Lotus for messing it all up and making me hate them :(

    2. If that’s what people in Enstone are paid for they deserve to be shot. I can’t believe that when they finished their job they went ‘yes, that’s the best we could have come up with’.

      First off, the gold is not really gold, it’s an ugly sort of brown to me. Make it brighter.

      Secondly, as everyone else has already stated, the lines are too fat. The JPS livery was beautiful because it was subtle.

      Thirdly, there’s something wrong with the black. It’s too metallic – it should be a tiny bit more matte.

      Finally, the red is stupid. Compared to the other flaws this is actually quite minor, though. In comparison, the red endplates were the only flaw of the absolutely breathtaking 2010 livery.

      Such a shame they dropped the old livery. It would have fitted the tyres much more than last year making it even more beautiful… Sigh.

  10. Meh.

    They should of kept the same livery as last year but changed the yellow to gold if they are so insistant of using a gold and black livery because that one looks rubbish.

  11. last year they where in historical yellow and black renault livery, this year historical lotus livery, next year? what historical honda 2009 livery ? :D

  12. yellow was so cool :(

    1. my thoughts exactly.. why’d you have to change?? :S

      1. to steal tony fernandes idea. And i thought he was the nice guy. until he said he was all in for the path f1 it’s taking on the 4cyl engines. And should go even further. Tyres like on the road cars!!!
        Are thease people crazy, or am i just a dinosaur, unwilling to go with the changing times.
        I couldn’t care less about the livery, when this guys are trying to kill the sport.

  13. Last years car looked 100 times better! Why did Renault go down this path?

    1. Money talks.

  14. Honestly, the worst livery I’ve seen in years. Why not make the car a Giant Lotus Logo, its not big enough.

    This team has gone from hero’s to zero’s, back to respected members after the crashgate scandal and now team with a missing identity.

    Are they Lotus?
    Are they Renault?

    I personally dont think they’re either. They’re just a team drawing everything they can on those names for sponsorship.

    1. I agree, the size of the logo on the nose is ridiculous, like they’re trying too hard to prove something.

      Somebody’s already pointed out on Twitter that the main difference between this livery and the previous “reveal” last month is that the Union flag (i.e. British flag) has disappeared.

      1. and the other sponsor logo’s (Lada, Snoras, HP) are gone.

      2. Oh, that is at least somewhat of an improvement then, that little flag there looked very silly.

    2. The identity struggle is getting even more complicated after this – the team is turning british again (like it was until Renault took over from Benetton):

  15. SennaNmbr1 (@)
    13th January 2011, 10:26

    Sidepods and fin look a bit plain. Could do with some sponsorship logos in big gold letters.

    Not all that impressed.

    1. I’d be willing to bet that ‘LOTUS’ is written in the largest font size they can fit onto the blank black space on the engine cover sharf fin. In gold of course.

    2. Charlie whiting
      19th January 2011, 22:37

      Who gives a damn? The car is rolling out whether you’re impressed or not.

  16. What a shame the Enstone team dropped one of the best liveries for years for this.

    They have really put the gold on with a big marker on a small drawing and forgot to rescale it. And besides a prominent sponsor in Total as well as that far too big lotus plaque on the nose there is no real sponsorship on the car!

    At least last year they put the HP logo on that fin. Now we must hope next years car will not have a shark fin, so it will have less empty black space on the car.

    On a side note, how does this fit with Bahar not wanting to live on the Team Lotus glory days. The only thing connected to his company on that car is his BIG logo. The rest is sentimental borrowing of someone else’s history and a live size tobacco advert.

    1. you need to remember that when they launched last year, the R30 didn’t have the HP sponsorship on the fin,it initially just had the renault emblem and strips that if I remember correctly drew some crictics. I loved the old livery a great deal, but it wasn’t straight away. This new one just needs the time to grow on us.

      1. You are right about that. It did look a lot better after they put HP on.
        Still they will have to do a bit more to make this look fine for me.

  17. Is anyone else uncomfortable with the fact that this is clearly based on the old livery of a cigarette brand? Aren’t we supposed to be moving away from that?

    1. John P (nice name!), yes, my thought entirely. Ferrari were suppose to be in trouble last year because of their Marlboro barcodes and now this based on John Player Specials. (Although, now I’m craving a pack…wonder I i’ll be able to find some…)

      Thank Lotus! Get those kids smoking again!

      Go Tony!

      1. Ow! That logic is, to say it perfectly honest, pathetic. If one would follow this type of logic, Williams should not be allowed to have a blue car, since it invokes the memory of old Rothmans days or McLaren should not use silver livery, since that clearly has a West image impregnated.

        Seriously, stuff like this is why I consider starting smoking just so I do not have to be put in the same group as people who actually believe stuff like this.

        1. Klon, ok…I take your point as the sarcasim in my post doesn’t really come across in text.

          I’ll give you the McLaren livery as it is an evolution from the West brand, but NOT the Williams one as their blue livery was based on the RBS sponsorship they had and is in no way connected to Rothmans.

          Group Lotus have specifically said this livery is based on the Classic Black & Gold of the 80’s, which is the old John Players Special livery. That’s whats sits uncomfortably.

          And seriously, don’t smoke, it’s not good for you.

  18. What annoys me the most is it’s still the reshoot team just a bit owned by someone else. Group Lotus is a title sponsor who shouldn’t get involved in stealing liveries from team lotus who have not an awful lot to do with the car makers.

    1. looks like Bahar is toning down on the bombastic “we are back” a bit now as well (from

      Renault is an exceptional name, we keep the name as it is, and the chassis will be called a Renault.

      “So we stay as it is for the next two years. And what the future brings, with maybe a new Concorde Agreement, we will see. But for the moment we act as a sponsor, we have the influence as a shareholder and this is good for us as it is.”

      1. But only after first going all out on how they were Lotus, and back, thus making himself look a bit silly and eager to be noticed.

        If Ferrari does that, well, they are Ferrari, and we are getting used to it, at least they have a track record, on track, so to speak, but those Lotus big plans are unproven, and while the Enstone team is well known, the new owners/sponsors still have to prove themselves.

  19. Many very negative comments already. People do realise that without the red and the gold hugging lines, this is pretty much what Team Lotus would have done, right? In fact, looking at the Team Lotus competition winner, though it looks pretty nice it’s shamefully retro in a way that conveys desperation to be seen as the “real Team Lotus”

    As much as the saga stinks I do think people’s opinions about the livery are being coloured (ha!) by their opinion of Lotus Renault itself.

    1. Completely agree. If this was a Team Lotus car we’d all be licking its diffuser

      1. Yes, the Team Lotus competition winner is retro. No, the Team Lotus competition winner doesn’t look like this, it is a lot better looking where this one is unrefined, sadly. And it is a sad contrast with the great 2010 livery they had. I hope the real 2011 car looks better with this livery. And maybe they manage to slightly downsize the oversized LOTUS LOGO on the nose.

      2. Making quite a few assumptions there, Ned, y’know speaking for *all* the commentariat.

        The Team Lotus competition winner was refined and elegant:

        … this Renault thing is a clumsy, crude, and unbalanced mess.

        Not all black and gold liveries are all created equal.
        … in their haste to cobble together a Team Lotus spoiler, they’ve unfortunately created an unpleasant right ol’ horlicks of a livery.

        Just as F1 goes HD, we get this clunky, fat-lined, red, white, green, yellow, black, gold, lo-def botch job.

  20. I’m disgusted! The yellow R30 was a beautiful and this livery is just a stolen poor version. I feel sorry for the team formerly known as Renault.

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