2017 Launch News

Renault: Pretty Much How We’d Want A Renault To Look

“This is our Christmas”, tweeted one of our readers about this launch week; and if that’s the case, then 2017 is rapidly turning into that Christmas where I got the Ghostbusters fire station AND Ecto-1 car in one go.

Because after yesterday’s fantastic Sauber launch, today we’ve had a team that I honestly expected to run basically the same livery as last year, instead improving on their 2016 effort. Last year’s almost-all-yellow Renault was quite nice, but still something of a waste of having the team in the sport – if Renault are in F1, then basically, you want a car that looks like a bumble bee. Now, the new 2017 challenger may not be as good as their 2010 car, but it’s still a damned fine looking machine.

It’s not perfect, mind. The switch to predominantly black in the back half appears to me to be driven by the need to put new partner Castrol’s logo on the car in full colour; but the additional red and green in that logo, while small, slightly throw things off – it’d be better if they were kept in a uniform white. And from the front, the design looks a little blocky – I’d prefer slightly more in the way of swooping lines and other design elements rather than simply a huge expanse of yellow.

It’s from the top, actually, that the car looks the best, with the yellow lines extending out from the nose along either side of the engine cover, creating a pleasing speed-based effect. And switching the main rear wing plate to be yellow (with black either side) is a great touch. It’s also not totally clear from all of the launch event pictures, but it does appear from that top down view that the black is matt, which in the right light could end up looking absolutely fantastic.

So there we are. Two launches down, two pretty great new designs, and the promise of more surprises to come. Are we heading for the best year of liveries since 2010?

7 Comments on Renault: Pretty Much How We’d Want A Renault To Look

  1. it took me a while but i have finally come round to like this car. i loved last years, more for the colour and some of the aero features, but something about the images this year put me off initially. but now – oh boy am i all ‘red in the eyes’ for this car. the combination of the matt black nd yellow and what looks like a more vivid yellow too (at least i hope so) this one is going to look a stunner on track.

  2. sweatersforhanar // February 21, 2017 at 8:09 pm // Reply

    I’m not really loving how abruptly the design switches from black to yellow, and I agree that a few flourishes in the front could do it wonders, but I also agree that it’s an improvement and that the matte black is fantastic. I’m surprised by how not-quite-utterly-atrocious the shark fin looks, but my expectations were low.

    Even moreso than the Sauber, parts of the car shape itself are gorgeous. The contours of the sidepods in particular look stunning in matte black. Setting aside the sharkfin, the engine cover curves beautifully as well. The wheelbase is still too long for my liking, the front wing a bit too large, and the nose could lose the thumb tip, but overall I like the direction the 2017 cars are heading, sharkfin notwithstanding.

  3. It’s the first 2017 car we’ve seen that really lives up to the “Aggressive” tag. Not hugely keen on the black myself, but it does give it a waspish quality.

    The yellow spike along the top of the shark fin is a really nice touch. If we’ve got to have them, let them look like that.

  4. I don’t know why, but I waited gold livery of Renault

  5. In my opinion this is the best paint job since the early 2000’s. The large areas of black make the yellow pop and, for me, has echoes of the Orange Arrows from that era. As an aside it looks truly terrifying, like a giant angry wasp.

    I also love the accents on the shark fin which I happen to like as a design element any way. I don’t understand why Sauber are trying to mask it. I am well aware that I’m in a minority of one with that though.

    As for you comment about the Castrol logos, I’m not seeing the issue. For me they are small enough that they don’t intrude on the overall look of the car.

  6. TheRomanRuler // February 22, 2017 at 2:06 pm // Reply

    This looks great. Not perfect, but great. So far both Sauber and Renault have produced great liveries – lets hope others do the same. Mercedes teaser looks promising, Williams teaser does not.

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