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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176 comments on “Renault reveal 2011 Lotus livery on last year’s car”

  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.

  21. Someone hand me a barfbag….that read hurts my eyes.

    And when you compare this to the design that won the fan competition over at team lotus , it makes this even worse!

    I hate renault now…won’t even look into renault as a possibility for my next lease-car anymore…

  22. A-Safieldin (@)
    13th January 2011, 10:54

    Honestly this Lotus/Renault or watever it is need to get banned or revoked something they’re bringing unnecessary confusion and embarassment to the sport, I was always against this stupid bringing Lotus back.

  23. look at all those clashing colours on the nose, the old JPS cars didn’t have a massive lotus brand on the nose.

    The red total logos also look out of place

    the yellow pirelli logo does little to help this colour crisis

  24. hmm, nope, the bumble bee livery looks far better. This is spoilt by the red front wing endplates.

  25. I like it. It’s not as nice as Lotus Racing’s comp winner, but it’s also not as much of a shameless rip-off.

  26. erm… so is the CABC logo allowed on this car? I thought Fernandes’ outfit had dibs on that…. anyone? Bueller?

    1. Well, it might be possible to drop the logo after Fernandez wins the court case.

  27. But Renault already revealed the exact same livery on the same car a month ago, didn’t they? I don’t see why they feel the need to give it a second ‘launch’

      1. But this time not in a garage but on a podium. Good publicity for little extra money?

    1. They took off the few sponsors they did have on that car though!

      But you are right, this looks to be the exact car that was used for the presentation last year.

  28. Point one: black and yellow was far better.
    Point two: really no need to drag out this Lotus vs. Lotus feud AGAIN

    1. Or Lotus Vs. the Lotus/ Proton/ Renault.

      Fernandes hit the nail on the head – it’s a branding disaster.

      1. You mean the 1Malaysia F1 Team?

  29. I actually dont like it. Homage or not, it just doesnt look good on the modern car (or atleast as good as it could be) and with the red added in, it looks ‘seedy’. The cars the used Black & Gold before made it look good, very good infact. This car isnt part of that list.

  30. They had a great, iconic livery last year and they got rid of it for this? Trying to endear themselves to us by playing on our nostalgia for a team that patently they are not. This is just terrible, it’s like if you told someone who wasn’t an F1 fan to design a black and and gold livery, this is what you’d end up with. Or perhaps they just sprayed the car black and then let a child loose with some gold sellotape. And don’t get me started on the red.

    In short, it doesn’t really tickle my fancy.

    1. If so, I guess Total had them mask the wings sides first before they painted it black – probably because they have a contract saying they will be there, unmodified, or their money will be elsewhere.

      1. I don’t know what type of contract they have, but RBR has ‘Total’ on their car in plain white on their blue basecolour. Obviously it stands out more with the red, still.

        1. True, but I could well imagine that these sort of things are decided on the basis of visibility/sponsor-identity versus money received. It might simply be leaving the Total stuff untouched so they don have to touch those contracts.

          I guess white on black would still not look very good with the rest of the lettering being yellow/gold – I tend to think the red endplates work okay with the black, it is just that they aren’t really great with the gold.

  31. The red bits could do with being much darker, if Renault truly insist on having their endplates this colour year by year. More of a maroon or burgundy would have been much more tasteful in my opinion.

    1. Hm, that would look very interesting. Only Total would totally disagree with that!

  32. The massively oversized Lotus badge on the nose of the car (where, by FIA regulations the name of the constructor must be) seems to be nothing more than a statement by “LRGP” to “Team Lotus” that they are the “real” Lotus.

    So bored of all this nonsense now.

    If I win the lottery I’m going to enter a team called BrabhamLanciaBRMAlfaRomeoTyrrell GP…

    1. Ah well, Ferrari also has the FIAT logo more prominent on the nose than their own prancing horse.
      Although that makes more sense with FIAT being the owner of the whole bunch instead of just a sponsor with a view of future investments, if the money does not run out.

  33. And, have LRGP ended their sponsorship deals with Lada, Snoras and HP? If they haven’t, where are their logos?

    1. I heard that those were only “sponsors” with:
      – Snoras bank offering them an interest free loan in exchange for sponsoring
      – HP being on the wing to make it look less empty as a tie in for some IT equipment they sold to Renault F1
      – Lada being there to get Renault to finalize some deals for getting a good tie in with Autovaz (the company building LADA cars) last year.
      The worst is, apart from these, the car shown is exactly the same they showed weeks ago, so what’s the fuss? Just empty marketing, Bahar and Lopez show what they are good at.

      1. I knew the bank ws there because of the loans, but I thought the Lada and HP deals were geniune sponsor deals. Thanks for that.

        The Fiat Logo on the Ferrari is prominent, but its not on the tip of the nose, that space should be reserved for the constructor. So that must mean that LRGP are taking the Lotus Logo as their construtors logo…but I’m not sure if that is the case.

  34. much prefered the Yellow and Black livery of 2010.. :\

  35. Needs more sponsors. Will probably look better on the R31.

    1. Here’s to hoping they drop the shark fin, that would do a lot to take away empty black holes on the car!

      1. They won’t drop the shark fin, but no doubt they’ll have some kind of sponsor decals in place. Even if it’s just Lotus. But two Russian companies, Russian Technologies and Novatek, have signed on as Petrov’s backers. And there is still the question of what happens to Bank SNORAS, Lada, Vyborg Shipyards, Flagman Vodka/Bank of Moscow and even DIAS.

  36. I wonder if this would cause heating problems in Bahrain etc. Black would absorb heat

  37. Is that another Lotus I see in the background? It looks like Takuma Sato’s Indycar from last year. I know Lotus Cars are sponsoring two cars in the series this year.

    1. Yes, it is. That livery looks better to me than this one, even if I’m not sure about the big yellow airbox.

  38. It looks great. I hope the performance of the new car that is still being built is also great as we want a 5 team battle in 2011.

  39. That’s one empty livery!
    And if they continue with the Lotus-Lotus question, finding sponsors will not be easy.

    Well, I hope it’s just a fast car, so we will have a close competition. In the end that’s what counts.

    1. with ‘it’ I mean of course the new 2011 car, not this one

  40. They can’t beat ‘British racing green’!

  41. A shame. I was actually begining to like the yellow and black coloured yellow, and now I have to deal with look at this monster.

    In the meantime, 5live’s new pitlane reporter is far prettier and pleasing on the eye!

  42. That looks mad core. Love it, and the red actually makes it a bit more aggressive.

  43. i love it!

  44. I prefer last year’s Renault livery.

    Also, (please correct me if I’m wrong – I’m a new fan) wasn’t the black and gold a sponsor’s color scheme (John Player Specials). Renault using this scheme because they have Lotus sponsorship and JPS was a sponsor of Lotus in the past seems strange to me.

    Could they, like Ferrari was with the bar code, be accused of subliminal advertising?

    What would happen if McLaren released a red and white chevron livery?

    1. That’s actually a good remark.

    2. And have McLaren say it represents the top of the drop/inverted comma thing from the Vodafone logo? That would be fun :-p

  45. Seeing as last year’s Renault colours were yellow and black (mostly yellow, some black) Why did they not just invert the colours (some yellow, mostly black) and change the yellow to gold?

    Same nice livery, inverted, slightly more metallic yellow.

    Or also, it could just all go away and leave us with one ‘Lotus’.

    1. Because inverting last year’s Renault colours wouldn’t have been in-your-face enough.

      Leaving all the Lotus vs Lotus controversy behind, it’s sad that the black on yellow Renault livery won’t be around this year.

  46. Sorry to do this, but my posts aren’t working for some reason so – testing

    1. ok i’m trying to post a picture from the james allen website that has a picture of what the team lotus effort would have looked like but it won’t post when I put the link in whole. I’m linking solely to the picture and not any other journalistic content. Why isn’t it posting?

  47. the pictures are poor quality, lets wait for some pro shots, I think it is going to look cool, not sure if better than 2010 livery though

  48. can’t wait to see the 2011 MGP livery……suffice to say, the performance of the car too

    1. I don’t expect it to be very different from this year’s livery. Mercedes GP have already established an identity fro themselves. And they won’t drop the Silver Arrow heritage anytime soon.

  49. Why is the lotus badge so big? Looks odd.

    I like the rear view the best, it look pretty mean.

    Over all though, lotus shmotus. Go williams!

  50. I’ve seen some fan-made photoshops of a modern car with JPS livery that looked M U C H better than this piece of sh**.

  51. LOL, taking the covers off …
    last years car in a livery presented already over 6 weeks ago.

    Petrov must have been really suprised, not to see anything new under the cover!

    1. Maybe they told him this was all they could afford unless he coughed up some money – a hidden threat :-p

  52. needs a bigger logo on the front. can barely see what it is.

  53. Maybe it will look better on the 2011 car. It’s nowhere near as good as the John Player Special original, not as good as the fans’ designs for the Team Lotus competition, and not even as good as last year’s Renault yellow hornet.

  54. I feel sick…

    Clearly old liveries don’t look good on modern cars. Why didn’t Lotus and Renault create something new and unique instead of using something thats been used in the past? I know it’s good to reflect on F1 history but they could’ve made something new and could’ve been put down in the history books..

  55. I don’t care about the naysayers, I still think this is beautiful.

  56. Instead of whining, maybe we’ll all just wait and see this livery in action?
    It realy tires me to read all these comments written by Team Lotus or Group Lotus haters… Am I the only fan of both two teams? I will support Team Lotus, because I like Fernandes, and appreciate his efforts to build a strong team, and I will also support Group Lotus because I hope Kubica will be finaly able to fight for championship. And I don’t care about this name-based war between them – just want to see them race and show some real rivalry on the tracks, because that is what F1 is all about…

    1. Thank you! This deserves COTD.

    2. HeyitsBernie!
      19th January 2011, 22:49

      Yes this livery is quite nice. Same chassis from 2010 with jps paint but apparently people preferred Renaults yellow and black, even though its Funny how people complained about the same thing with the 2010 paint and red endplates etc. We all know this jps livery looks nice lets not make up bs criticism about it.

  57. I actually like the livery, i am not so sure about the large lotus badge on the front, it makes the nose look fat somehow. Other then that i think it is quite good, but i really think that the malasian remake of lotus should have had a go at this kind of livery, then Renualt could stay at their 2010 livery, because i think that it was probably the best one they have had so far. I loved that black and yellow car, and Kubica’s helmet looked great in it. Also i feel it quite distasteful what have been going on about the malasian lotus and the renualt lotus really. I was starting to like Renualt, because of the loss of Briatore and Kubica moving there all that stuff and now that is pretty much ruined.

  58. I think that I’m more intrigued by the fact that the team is now racing under a British licence, rather than what shade of black they happened to have used, and whether or not it goes with the matching accessories.

  59. I like the black, it makes it look very sleek and fierce but why stick 2 red bits on the end? Why!

  60. I have to say I kinda like it!

    They gold paint down the sides look nice, a bit like go-faster stripes, except they are stylish.

    And it probably won’t happen, but I’d like it if they left the shark fin and side pods blank as they are in the side on view. It reminds me slightly of the first time we saw the Brawn car, with no sponsors. That was a sweet car.

    Also, there seems to be a lot of negaive comments on here so here’s a positive one.

    With Group Lotus taking the reins, many jobs will probably have been secured for the long term. And that can only be a good thing.

    1. Group Lotus will be gone in 2 or less years. Proton is close to bankrupt, nobody will by the new fake supercar Lotus’s, and this team will be looking for new owners or shutdown. If I worked for this team i’d be fearing the future and looking for a new job already.

    2. I don’t know about you but I didn’t like the Brawn livery the first time I saw it. Too much white, and eye-wateringly-fluorescent green any place that wasn’t white. Thankfully they picked up some sponsors and the drivers changed the colours of their helmets. Gave some contrast to the whole thing, which was nice.

  61. Surely this whole ‘livery launch’ – considering they’ve already released one set of pictures of the livery in the last month, is solely to furthermore hammer home the whole Lotus war in a sort of ‘Yeah we’ve got black and gold and oh yeah we’re the REAL Lotus.’

    It’s a shame as Renault became one of my favourites last year, and although the guys that do all the hard work have nothing to do with this, it’s going to annoy me through 2011 seeing them in black and gold. Oh well, (hopefully i’ll just get over it ;) ) i’m still gonna be gunning for Kubica big time.

  62. Batmobil – Robmobil (Robert)

  63. I refuse to enjoy a car dressed as a bad replica of a cancer stick cigarette packet.

  64. I hate this Livery, I hate Bahar, I hate Group Lotus and their fake new lotus car models, I hate Clive Chapman now, I hate the FIA for letting this happen, I hate the classic JPS lotus cars aswell now because they make me think of this atrosity, I hate that JPS are receiving massive free publicity from this (damn they even get their logo into this launch thanks to Judas Chapman wearing his dad’s shirts).

    This team needs their suspended ban unsuspended by the fia, they are bringing the sport into disrepute and need punishing. Fia also need to tell them “Your team is Renault in 2011, act like you are Renault or you won’t recieve the prize money Renault is entitled to”.

    Lastly the Advertising Standards Authority need to wake up and give JPS a call and a big old fine. JPS would then have no other option other than to demand the team stops illegaly using their brand.

    I loved how the Renault team was growing after the cancer that was Briatore was removed. The 2010 livery was fantastic, and with Kubica and Petrov and no Alonso I could start suporting them again. Bahar had to go and spoil all that, thats why I hate him the most. Now I just want the team to fail, I want their new car to be a POS and for Kubica to move to Ferrari as soon as posible and make Alonso cry.

    Oh and I hope every new 2000hp 4 ton V16 hypercar Lotus makes explodes as soon as it starts up.

    1. It’s ok now, take your meds and get back to bed [hugs]

      1. HeyitsBernie!
        19th January 2011, 22:40

        lol well said.

  65. JPS black and gold? that’s clearly a subliminal message for cigarette advertising! :D

  66. I really like this Livery, i think you either love it or hate. BTW is the DD banned this season?

  67. Dear every journalist ever, Please refer to Virgin cars as Marussias and McLarens as Vodafones as much as you refer to LRGP as Lotuses. Thanks

    1. Dear Gridlock,

      The entity operating the team is Lotus Renault GP, the team’s full name is Lotus Renault GP so it is legitimate to call them Lotus Renault. Cheers :)

  68. lovely car… lovely season…
    no F-Duct, no diffuser, KERS is back,…

  69. I don’t get it…. wasn’t it Team Lotus who used the JPS livery? I could had sworn Group Lotus had very little to do with F1 full stop? And If my info is up to date, Group Lotus don’t own Team Lotus. What the hell?

    So Now What we’re seeing is a Team under a French Manufacture name, sponsered by a British Brand, owned by Malaysians, using a livery from a separate entity and will be running under an English Anthem??? Jesus christ…..

  70. I sick of ALL countries attacking cigarette companies. Listen, u smoke, you get cancer. For any person to claim they didn’t know how bad or the big bad cigarette company lied to me is full of it. Follow the money and you will find the truth. You get cancer from smoking, I don’t feel sorry for you….

  71. So first Renault quickly release pictures of a black and gold livery when the Lotus Cars tie up is first announced then they unveil the 2011 livery on the 2010 car and then it will be the turn of the 2011 car with the 2011 livery in less than a month.

    I still don’t think this livery compares with the classic JPS black and gold livery, the gold stripes seem too thick and the Lotus logo on the nose seems to large as well.

    Also if this is supposed to be the final 2011 livery why are two of the main areas for sponsors, the engine cover and the sidepods largely blank?

    I thought the 2010 yellow and black livery was one of the best on the grid so it’s a shame for it to only last one season, especially when the replacement isn’t as good.

  72. Jraybay-HamiltonMclarenfan
    17th January 2011, 4:04

    Reminds me of their best looking cars in the 70’s with the the john player special livery, very cool!

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