F1 » Lotus Renault debuts livery for 2011


Ahead of the launch of its 2011 contender at the end of this month, Lotus Renault GP revealed its livery for the coming season on Thursday at the Autosport International Show.

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MG - Unregistered

January 15, 2011 12:36 AM

"Anyone know what the car in the background is??"
- Bradenws

It's Lotus T125 Exos.. Which make me think, why don't they go with the black-blue scheme, it would look really cool..

Alan D - Unregistered

January 15, 2011 12:40 AM

Ivan, I've checked the press releases from both Renault and Group Lotus and it says that in December, Renault sold its minority share holding in the team to Genii, which then sold a "major" shareholding to Group Lotus. Renault will continue to supply the engines. Some reports claim that "major" means Group Lotus now owns 100% of the shares, but a Times journalist says Genii have told him that Genii still owns 100% of the shares and Lotus is merely the title sponsor. Of course, it could be that Lotus have bought Genii instead.

I'd find it strange if Lotus didn't own a hefty portion of the shares since the deal was supposed to give Lotus access to the KERS work and carbon fibre fabrication techniques developed at Enstone. A sponsor wouldn't normally get any of the intellectual property.

Barry Hickson - Unregistered

January 15, 2011 9:26 AM

It looks "tacky" to me compaired to the original pics they showed a few weeks ago.
I recken Tonys Lotus cars will look a whole lot better in the original Lotus Green & Yellow.
(please chaps! NOT Green & Gold!) that was Jack Brabham's Aussie Brabham Colours!

trigger - Unregistered

January 15, 2011 1:25 PM

all nonsense... those team are ones without any "real" history, all is made up. I mean Reanault is not Freanch F1 company, now even not British (malaysia, russia and whatever backing), Team lotus not British with malaysia backing. Marussia... (maybe they will du some gold and red, maybe blue livery???) Its too obvious that even wt this motorsport pinacle, greed, distrust, hatress... its bad all over the world. I hope teh racing will better this year!!! with "very new" chaparrals:-)

speedlover - Unregistered

January 15, 2011 2:05 PM

For me there is nothing wrong with the black & gold colourscheme.
In the past every nation had their national colours.
British racing green, Netherlands orange, France blue,Germany silver, Italy red, Japan white with red, etc. etc.
British racing green was not a very popular colour as green was supposed to bring bad luck in the UK.
Rob Walker had the Scottish colours dark blue with white. (Lucky Scotsmen!)
So perhaps there are supersticious people in the actual Lotus Renault management who prefer not to run the car in BRG (with the yellow Lotus stripe)

Alan D - Unregistered

January 15, 2011 2:56 PM

Ivanhoe, yes I know what you mean about the gloss. To me it looks "immature". It may be that out on track when it is alongside other cars that it stands out better and doesn't look so garish. At these launches, all the cars look a bit too high gloss for me. Even the tyres look like they've had a deep wax and are spotless. And they've put it on a white podium so its probably looking shinier because of that as well, and won't reflect as much light when its on dull tarmac.

Alan D - Unregistered

January 15, 2011 3:06 PM

Speedlover: "In the past every nation had their national colours"

National recing colours haven't been used for years in Formula One. I suppose you could say Ferrari races in its national racing colour, but nowadays it is more like a Ferrari trademark than a national identity. Apart from that, when was the last time a team raced in national colours? 1970? Anyone under 40 has probably never seen an F1 car race in its national colours.

The first car that I know of that was painted in other colours for sponsorship reasons was the Mclaren which appeared in white and green so it would look Jampanese (paid for by a film company) and Mclaren then used orange to advertise that his car needed sponsorship. Chapman's Gold Leaf Team Lotus is said to be the fist F1 car where the entire livery and name was changed to suit the sponsor.

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