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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. melkurion (@melkurion) said on 13th January 2011, 10:53

    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…

  7. A-Safieldin (@) said on 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.

  8. Zadak (@thezadak) said on 13th January 2011, 10:54

    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

  9. Andy92 (@andy92) said on 13th January 2011, 10:55

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

  10. 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.

  11. alejandro said on 13th January 2011, 11:03

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

  12. Ned Flanders (@ned-flanders) said on 13th January 2011, 11:07

    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’

  13. Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 13th January 2011, 11:09

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

  14. 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.

  15. TomD11 (@tomd11) said on 13th January 2011, 11:13

    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.

    • bosyber said on 13th January 2011, 11:17

      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.

      • xtophe (@xtophe) said on 13th January 2011, 14:18

        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.

        • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 13th January 2011, 14:59

          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.

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