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

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

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

  2. Brawn said on 13th January 2011, 10:03

    Ive personally lost all interest in Renault and Lotus now.

  3. Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey) said on 13th January 2011, 10:04

    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.

  4. tmfox said on 13th January 2011, 10:04

    The red bits stick out like a sore thumb

  5. RIISE (@riise) said on 13th January 2011, 10:06

    Hand me the sick bag.

  6. Dan Thorn (@dan-thorn) said on 13th January 2011, 10:09

    Oh look, there’s that Wolf again.

    Anyway, think I’ll go make a coffee.

  7. Rob Haswell said on 13th January 2011, 10:17

    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.

  8. Icthyes said on 13th January 2011, 10:19

    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!

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 13th January 2011, 10:50

      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.

      • bosyber said on 13th January 2011, 11:09

        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.

    • Dougie (@f1droid) said on 13th January 2011, 12:18

      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. LosD (@losd) said on 13th January 2011, 10:20

    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.

    • Firebreather said on 13th January 2011, 14:40

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

    • Victor. said on 13th January 2011, 15:15

      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. Butler258 said on 13th January 2011, 10:20


    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. sugafree said on 13th January 2011, 10:21

    yellow was so cool :(

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

      • kowalsky (@) said on 13th January 2011, 17:25

        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?

  14. Ant W said on 13th January 2011, 10:23

    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.

  15. SennaNmbr1 (@) said on 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.

    • Calum (@calum) said on 13th January 2011, 19:51

      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.

    • Charlie whiting said on 19th January 2011, 22:37

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

  16. BasCB (@bascb) said on 13th January 2011, 10:38

    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.

    • kkarl (@kkarl) said on 13th January 2011, 11:37

      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.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 13th January 2011, 11:38

        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. John P said on 13th January 2011, 10:41

    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?

    • 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!

      • Klon (@klon) said on 13th January 2011, 11:53

        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.

        • 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.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 13th January 2011, 12:26

      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.”

      • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 13th January 2011, 14:53

        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. Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 13th January 2011, 10:51

    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.

    • Ned Flanders (@ned-flanders) said on 13th January 2011, 11:06

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

      • bosyber said on 13th January 2011, 11:14

        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.

      • Feynman said on 13th January 2011, 21:07

        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. Funkyf1 (@funkyf1) said on 13th January 2011, 10:51

    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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