Renault R31 launch – first pictures

2011 F1 cars

Renault have launched their 2011 F1 car.

The R31 was unveiled in the pit lane at Valencia.

Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov revealed the car, accompanied by Romain Grosjean, Bruno Senna, Jan Charouz and Fairuz Fauzy.

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275 comments on Renault R31 launch – first pictures

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  1. Joe Szpara said on 31st January 2011, 11:39

    Dosent look as extreme as i expected :(

  2. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 31st January 2011, 11:39

    Oh, be still my beating heart!

    She’s gorgeous!

    • Leftie (@leftie) said on 31st January 2011, 11:41

      So far she is :) Need more angles for a final judgement though

    • Looking nice, but not that revolutionary as I was hyped.
      There are quite meaningful changes mainly on front part, which aren’t so obvious at a first glance.

    • Todfod (@todfod) said on 31st January 2011, 12:01

      Gorgeous?!? That car’s livery is fugly

      • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 31st January 2011, 12:04

        Black and gold on a car with all the right curves in all the right places? It’s a damn sight better than Sauber’s grade-school effort, or Lotus’ inability to make the background of sponsor decals appear the same colour as the rest of the car.

        I think a lot of people are just opposed to it because they don’t like Dany Bahar.

        • RIISE (@riise) said on 31st January 2011, 12:08

          No, they are opposed to it because it’s the worse looking car on the grid.

          • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 31st January 2011, 12:11

            Nope, Team Lotus is. That giant yellow streak on the rear of their engine cowling goes against the lines of the car. It’s like cutting a piece of wood across the grain.

          • Todfod (@todfod) said on 31st January 2011, 12:20

            Team Lotus doesn’t look that bad, infact it has a unique and original colour scheme that actually works. The Lotus Renault on the other hand is has a couple of fat ugly gold lines running in random places on the car, and the Red Total end plates and side view mirrors make me wanna throw up.

          • goes against the lines of the car.

            He says while praising the Renault.

          • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 31st January 2011, 21:33

            Haha! This is getting to be fun to read! Fight, fight, fight, fight! My Lotus is awesome and your Lotus is terrible! No, your Renault is terrible and my Lotus is awesome! Can we all just agree that the Sauber is the worst? PM hit the nail on the head, grade school effort.

            @PM, I think you’ll see the final painted Lotus will look better than the early shots where the logos are clearly stickers, and it’s impossible to match a color exactly between a sticker and a paint. As far as the yellow bit at the back I don’t know what you’re on about, I think it’s the best part and a big improvement over last year’s livery.

        • I’m opposed to Dany Bahar because I don’t like Dany Bahar.

          I’m under whelmed by this because it should have been so much more. And there has been so much stuff about Group Lotus that everyone knew what this was going to look like anyway…

          This is the least exciting thing I’ve seen today.

        • Pedal to the Vettel (@pedal-to-the-vettel) said on 31st January 2011, 12:13

          I like the look of it as well PM. The more I look at it the more I do and already liking it more then the 2010 paintjob.

        • David A said on 31st January 2011, 12:15

          For me the red completely wrecks it.

        • Henry said on 31st January 2011, 15:35

          It is an ugly car. Simple.

          I actually think the Sauber is quite good when it appears on the track, I do not find it an eyesore at all. This, with the jarring red and white on ‘black’ and gold is just ridiculous in comparison.

          And no, alot of people dont like dany Bahar. Which I think makes then a better judge of many things, who knows, maybe liveries amongst them ;)

        • PM,

          You’re right – this is aweosme looking. While some people complain about the fat lines, I don’t think the slim lines on Senna’s John Player Lotus would work on the current architecture or design of F1 cars. It may not be catchy and so I think the fat lines are great. The view from the top is most splendid, with the sponsor logos adding to the effect! But I did like the Team Lotus livery too – two represenations of Chapman’s dream?

          I figure the Fernandes-Bahar issue could be clouding the minds of many. Anything Renault or Group Lotus does is horrid, preposterous, ugly, stupid and irritating for them, while anything Team Lotus does is awesome, glorious, beautiful, pioneering and the best thing to happen to Formula 1!

          • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 31st January 2011, 21:37

            I figure the Fernandes-Bahar issue could be clouding the minds of many.

            Agreed. I really like the Team Lotus livery, and I’m about 90% behind this livery mainly just because I miss last year’s bumblebee livery and I can’t get too excited about the red bits. They’re both a lot better than most of the liveries on the grid though in my opinion.

        • BasCB (@bascb) said on 31st January 2011, 19:50

          But is just as much only half finished, in both cases probably on purpose not to show the important bits earlier than neccissary.

    • Henry said on 31st January 2011, 12:09

      Bloody ugly you mean!

    • Dafffid (@dafffid) said on 31st January 2011, 12:10

      The curves are nice, the paint-job looks awful… hideous in fact, the gold stripes are big no-no, it’s far too cluttered. And as for the red bits… :s
      But we’ll see how it looks on TV, unfair to judge when colours and form designed for movement and daylit video are seen statically under a mix of light temperatures

      • The edge said on 31st January 2011, 12:42

        Has any one else noticed the floor? Is that normal, looks like a double diffuser upside Down. And seems to run around the outside of the side pods to the rear wheels

    • Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 31st January 2011, 12:35

      +1 zillion

      • Scribe (@scribe) said on 31st January 2011, 16:22

        Yeah, it’s really really pretty, I actually love the red, I think it contrasts from the black in a very striking manner.

        An there are so many facinaiting things on that car, doubtless to be copied, outwashes for the rear tyres being one, WHERE ARE THE EXHAUSTS being another. So many details, I have found my first pet favourite of the 2011 season. Lotus gets a meh, the Ferrari is a little bit scary, Merc looks someone’s thrown a platypus at a wall of aluminium.

        But the Renault?

        What. A. Beauty.
        Even the Lotus badge looks good.
        Gets a freakin A.

        • If you look at the Team Lotus version they would have run, this one get more ugly by the second, kinda looks like they let someones wife loose with a ruler and a gold marker pen :)

        • If you look at the Team Lotus version they would have run, this one get more ugly by the second, kinda looks like they let someones wife loose with a ruler and a gold marker pen :)

          http://twitpic.com/3v36ca/full

          Seriously, look at this car for at least 30 seconds, then look at the Lotus Renault…. Then think, if they were girls, which one would you rather kiss. Elegance wins every time over bulky lines and red blotches.

          • Um, iPads are good at double posts?

          • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 31st January 2011, 21:51

            Uh oh, don’t say that, I’m planning to get an iPad in the next couple of weeks.

          • Scribe (@scribe) said on 31st January 2011, 22:55

            Well I did it an I’d still rather kiss my girlfriend, that’s allowed right?

            I prefer the Lotus Renault version because it’s on a real car, I also quite like the Red despite the hate it’s getting. Adds the modern element to the retro livery.

            (Your kinda right, Teams design was good, but you know, I like them in green.)

    • Tom L. (@tom-l) said on 31st January 2011, 12:59

      I don’t understand all the hate either, I think it looks fantastic! You do wonder whether the Team vs Group debate is colouring people’s judgements, it’s somehow unacceptable to think both the Lotus and the Renault look great, as I do!

    • Hallard said on 31st January 2011, 20:13

      LOVE the shape of the car…the tight rear end packaging, the low and compact nosecone…

      HATE the livery, especially compared with last year’s beatiful black and yellow.

    • John H said on 31st January 2011, 23:07

      All these cars look like the RB6. I was hoping for some innovation, all I’m seeing is coke bottles – launch time is not that exciting at the moment.

  3. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 31st January 2011, 11:41

    I saw Keith on the live stream!

  4. geo132 (@geo132) said on 31st January 2011, 11:41

    *sarcasm*Nice livery, I’m gonna start smoking now. *sarcasm*
    Their diffuser seems bigger than Ferrari’s. Front nose seems lower than other cars as well.

  5. RobertVettel (@) said on 31st January 2011, 11:42

    I was pessimistic about the livery,,,

    But it’s actually quite good now I think..

  6. rfs (@rfs) said on 31st January 2011, 11:42

    The back end looks tiny! Does this car have KERS?

    • Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 31st January 2011, 11:43

      I’m biased, cause I will love everything Kubica drives but… it’s badass black beauty

    • bosyber said on 31st January 2011, 12:24

      I actually thought that relatively to the other 2011 cars we saw, the nose is rather short and the back seems long.

      The sidepods seem rather narrow but also without a huge undercut, and quite long, and relatively high at the back. The Ferrari and Sauber actually seem a lot narrower between the rear wheels. The RB6 seemed to be about the same as the R31 is without double diffuser, to me.

      Do you have pictures other than these three to base the “tiny”on?

      • ive got a funny feeling ferrari have got it right though. look how tight the back end is, compared to the others which are quite bulky. That was the trick of the rb6, how they managed to taper the rear end to a near point, and i just think ferrari look to have done it even better. Obviously i can only speculate and it could be a dog, but it just looks right

        • bosyber said on 31st January 2011, 16:52

          Having seen more of the R31 pics, I think they have tried to really make it slope gently down all the way to the diffuser at the end of the car. Quite a different concept, and possibly less draggy (don’t know that, no), but you could be right that the RB6/F150 way is better. We’ll see :)

        • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 31st January 2011, 22:56

          Let’s see how much tighter Newey can make the RB7 at the back without a double diffuser…

  7. Rob Haswell said on 31st January 2011, 11:42

    This is different to the rendering we saw the other day, as they have removed the partial shark’s fin, which I actually liked.

    Total are still ruining it.

  8. RoboCAT (@robocat) said on 31st January 2011, 11:42

    Beutiful, first livery this year I have liked. I hope it is fast as it looks! :D

  9. is it just me or have they messed up the genii

  10. Ben N said on 31st January 2011, 11:44

    Is it just me or is Senna being here big news?? Haven’t heard that before!

    Should Petrov get ditched – who would be next in line? Grosjean or Senna? I’ve heard Grosjean is 3rd driver…

  11. nicko said on 31st January 2011, 11:45

    total sucks:( for ruining the livery

    • Yeah, they insisted on having a red background. Contractually.

      Mind, they don’t seem to have any trouble finding sponsors this year, that things loaded with them!

      Kubica and the Russian connection are doing a great job :) I’m not not half of it is down to Danny Haha…

  12. Polishboy808 (@polishboy808) said on 31st January 2011, 11:45

    This is brave? It’s less of an evolution then the F150! **Cries in corner**

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 31st January 2011, 11:52

      Oh, it’s all the tiny little things. The R31 is much more curvaceous than the other cars that have been launched. The V-channel on the nose starts much further down the car than one any other. The rear of the engine cowling is higher than the airbox. There’s a little flare around the skirt at the bottom near the vertical upright. The bodywork goes much further back than on the other cars, and they opted for a high, tapering rear end for the engine cowling.

      • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 31st January 2011, 12:05

        Also, there’s a very short wheelbase by comparison.

      • bosyber said on 31st January 2011, 12:35

        I agree that it is an interesting car, and very different from other 2011 cars, just as the R30 was very different in concept to the other 2010 cars – this could well be an evolution of that car indeed, but then slimmed down at the back and smoothed and made sleeker.

        Still doesn’t mean I like the livery or Group Lotus dealings with the team.

      • codesurge said on 31st January 2011, 13:41

        I’m just interested in seeing clearer pictures of the development in the splitter area. It looks like the keel has some additional aero development in that area to further condition the airflow under and around the sidepods.

  13. codesurge said on 31st January 2011, 11:46

    Curious to see a lower nose compared to the other revealed 2011 contenders.

    Front splitter looks interesting but can’t make out the details when it’s all in black..

  14. RoboCAT (@robocat) said on 31st January 2011, 11:46

    Nice to see most teams are ditching the shark wing/ Which team/s do you think will run with it?

  15. Simply gorgeous. What a stunner.

    They kept a lot of the brave stuff off the car today, but this is a beautiful base to work with.

    • Dave M said on 31st January 2011, 12:03

      Oh of course, that makes sense. Well I hope you’re right, I’m waiting for something truly exciting and I can’t quite see it yet.

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