Lotus Show How To Screw Up Everyone’s Favourite Classic F1 Livery

Hooray! It’s 2013! The new liveries are coming! Look, the first one’s already here! It’s… oh.

Oh, dear.

Having already somewhat defeated the purpose of having the Lotus name in the first place – being as how they haven’t actually been sponsored by the Lotus company since midway through last season – the team I’m going to continue to insist on calling “Renaultus” have now decided to mess with the one remaining link they had to the old marque: their half-inched livery.

The JPS-aping livery was already somewhat compromised in previous years by the red wing endplates employed in 2011 and 2012 – but after my initial annoyance at its use in the first place, I have to admit it had somewhat grown on me. But the sudden introduction of even more red (despite actually now mostly removing it from the endplates) is just ghastly. I don’t know why Genii want to suddenly have a big red patch on the sidepod, but it looks disgusting. There’s not even any reason for the driver-naming red-painted airbox to be there. The only place the additional red looks good is on the front wing – indeed, if the red were deployed throughout the car in this way, as a secondary stripe added to the gold, it could look kind of cool. But the patches just look splashed on with little to no thought – it simply doesn’t work. At all.

I suppose I can’t complain too much when a team actually bothers to change the livery, as it gives me something to talk about, but  bloody hell. This isn’t actually a completely unsalvageable mess – it could be half-decent, with some tweaks, although the cluttering of sponsor logos is also a big problem. But by gum does it need those tweaks – because right now, it’s just hideous, and from what I can see from Twitter and such, that’s a prevailing early opinion among fans.

And it’s still got a stepped nose.



    January 28, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    To be honest… I like it. I think most people are just too focused on what that livery represented in the past two years and how the original JPS design looked like. Yellow, red and black, to me, form a pretty badass mix, although now the team seems to be German or Belgian. Overall my only complaint is the red airbox, that should have either been delimited by a golden stripe or been left black altogether.


    January 28, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    “Total”y agree! The rear end plate should have stayed completely red but what is the point in the drivers name on the air box? Completely ruins the flow of the scheme. 1992 Fondmetal anyone? It will still be better than most of the grid and its good to see some new names but its still disappointing when you think how good it could have been


    January 28, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    I like it, made me go wow when I saw it first and I think it’s going to look well in motion too. The naming airbox really stands out to me. Yeah nice car.


    January 28, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Joe Saward suggests the red bits might be allow a new sponsor Honeywell, the contract is apparently still being finalised.
    I’ve never minded the red from the last few years, and my only criticism is the airbox red seems to sit differently to the other patches, perhaps this could be tweaked to integrate better.
    Actually I do have a second criticism and that’s the gold, which is really a washed down tan, I wish it could be a bit more metallic looking but I suppose it’s all to do with how it shows up on camera at 200mph!


    January 29, 2013 at 3:40 am

    Have to disagree with you on this one Seb!

    I love the changes. I never liked the thick gold stripes and thought it was a disservice to the JPS livery of old. And the only place I don’t like it is the front wing, mainly because the red is borered by black and then gold elsewhere, but on gold on the front wing. I’m happy to see them mix it up a bit and I think the red works well on this one.

    Might be on my own on this one! haha

    John P

    January 29, 2013 at 8:16 am

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one who thought the new car looks awful. I was watching the launch on Sky, and as soon as the cover came off, I couldn’t believe how much the extra red destroys the appeal of the livery. What happened to the idea that all Lotus sponsors had to stick to the team’s colours? And worse still, why an ugly blob of red just for the driver name? I can only hope that spot will be sold to a sponsor who will revert back to the original style.


    January 29, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Hmm, seems Renaultus have a bit of a habit of ruining great looking liveries by adding patches of red. The 2007 Renault R26 30th Anniversary livery was probably one of the best I’ve seen in a while, and it celebrated their own heritage, which was original.

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