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. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 13th January 2011, 11:16

    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.

  2. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 13th January 2011, 11:17

    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…

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 13th January 2011, 11:32

      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.

  3. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 13th January 2011, 11:22

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

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 13th January 2011, 11:36

      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.

      • GeeMac (@geemac) said on 13th January 2011, 11:48

        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.

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

  5. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 13th January 2011, 11:36

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

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 13th January 2011, 11:41

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

      • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 13th January 2011, 12:08

        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.

  6. raymondu999 (@raymondu999) said on 13th January 2011, 11:39

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

  7. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 13th January 2011, 11:41

    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.

  8. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 13th January 2011, 11:47

    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.

  9. verstappen (@verstappen) said on 13th January 2011, 12:19

    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.

  10. Phil4sport said on 13th January 2011, 12:21

    They can’t beat ‘British racing green’!

  11. James said on 13th January 2011, 12:40

    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!

  12. Terreto said on 13th January 2011, 12:42

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

  13. chris sz said on 13th January 2011, 12:48

    i love it!

  14. 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?

  15. 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’.

    • Burnout said on 14th January 2011, 5:43

      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.

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