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Post by CQR Rogue on Wed 8 Dec 2010 - 10:14

Oh Well, 2011 soon will be here so first story -

Renault have signed a sponsorship deal with Group Lotus -

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/88616

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/9267715.stm

Lotus, the manufacturer, returns to Formula 1™
Genii Capital and Group Lotus plc today announced the creation of Lotus Renault GP, the successor to the Renault F1 Team that will contest the 2011 FIA Formula One™ World Championship. This exciting announcement is made in the context of a strategic alliance between the two companies that will provide Group Lotus with significant technological and commercial opportunities for its range of road cars.

Following the return of the Lotus name to Formula 1™ in 2010, under licence from Group Lotus, this historic announcement marks the complete return of the Lotus manufacturer to the sport, with the full backing of its parent company Proton. Group Lotus plc will become a major equity partner of Genii Capital in Lotus Renault GP, and the two parties have concluded a title sponsorship agreement that will run until the end of the 2017 season. With the continued support of Renault as a supplier of engines and technological and engineering expertise, Lotus Renault GP enjoys a strong, stable platform for future success.

Gerard Lopez, Chairman of Renault F1 Team, commented: “We are delighted that we can now go public with the news that we will be racing as Lotus Renault GP in 2011. It is extremely exciting to begin a new era for the team in partnership with Group Lotus, and we will continue to enjoy a strong relationship with Renault over the coming seasons. It is a tribute to the excellent work this year by the team in Enstone that we have been able to attract both major sponsorship and new investment for a very bright future.”

Group Lotus CEO Dany Bahar said: “I can think of no better platform for automotive brand communications than motorsport and F1 is the very pinnacle of open-wheel racing. We’re well aware that there has been a lot of controversy around the usage of our brand in F1 and I’m delighted to be able to formally clarify our position once and for all: we are Lotus and we are back.”

The new partnership has been enabled by Renault selling its remaining shares in the team to Genii Capital. Group Lotus plc will subsequently become a major equity partner in Lotus Renault GP, which it will co-own with Genii Capital.

Renault will continue its strong support of the team with which it won the 2005 and 2006 world championships, as a supplier of engines and technological and engineering expertise. Reflecting this technological support, Lotus Renault GP will continue to compete with the Renault chassis name and Renault will enjoy pre-eminent brand exposure on the livery.

For 2011, the Lotus Renault GP cars will race in a new interpretation of the iconic black and gold colours that were last used when Lotus and Renault joined forces in the 1980s. This livery, which has been on the drawing board for over two months in order to reinterpret its iconic graphic signature to suit modern media requirements, is sure to strike a powerful chord with the sport’s enthusiasts around the world.

The team scored a strong fifth-place finish in the 2010 constructors’ championship, which included three podium finishes for Robert Kubica. Next season, Lotus Renault GP is aiming to take another step forward which will see it competing regularly with the most prestigious names in Formula 1™.




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Post by Richy59 on Wed 8 Dec 2010 - 10:22

Wow, I love the livery and looks of the car and excited to see a proper Lotus team back and the guys behind Renault know how to make a competitve car. I hate the bloody red Total wings, just completely ruins the car. It might be a sponsorship thing but Red Bull didn't have red behind their Total logos.

The other Lotus team are planning on running black and gold as well. I wonder how they will deal with this. The old team should just get rid of the name and do something else.


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Post by CQR Champion on Wed 8 Dec 2010 - 12:38

the livery looks awesome!! Love it
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Post by Richy59 on Sat 11 Dec 2010 - 17:13



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Post by nickyf1 on Fri 17 Dec 2010 - 18:09



This explains the 2013 regulations in really good detail (much more about the implications of the changes rather than the actual changes) which includes an ''artists impression'' of the sound the cars could make Smile

Some cool stuff about Lotus too (with a clip from Oprah: ''YOU GOT A CAR, YOU GOT A CAR, YOU GOT A CAR!'')
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Post by ckBrenneke on Fri 17 Dec 2010 - 18:22

Always annoys me seeing that Walkinshaw Bathhurst clip.

Englishman!?!?!?!?!? Aaaaaargh!!!! F*@&$?g ignorant colonials!!!!!
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Post by nickyf1 on Fri 17 Dec 2010 - 18:43

Grrr, that annoys me too Sad

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Post by Richy59 on Fri 14 Jan 2011 - 22:20

Lotus-Renualt Livery

http://www.planetf1.com/photo-gallery/6661683/Lotus-Renault-Unveil-2011-Livery#photo=5

I like it, but I woudl have gotten rid of thise Red Total Wings and mad ethem black. oh, and whats with the MASSIVE Lotus badge on the front of the car? Yes, we get it, your the 'real' Lotus Team.


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Post by lfcnicklfc on Wed 26 Jan 2011 - 14:30

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/89078

Di Resta confirmed at Force India, can't wait to see how he gets on Very Happy
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Post by ATR DAN on Wed 26 Jan 2011 - 14:31

D'OH! You just beat me nick! I've set up a seperate topic! lol Razz
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Post by lfcnicklfc on Wed 26 Jan 2011 - 14:41

hehehe Razz
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Post by nickyf1 on Fri 28 Jan 2011 - 14:31

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Post by nickyf1 on Fri 28 Jan 2011 - 14:36

I want to point out two things that look very intersting on the car. Notice the curved endplates at the bottom, and the central ''blade'' with the parting engine cover... I want a proper look at the rear!

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Post by Matt on Fri 28 Jan 2011 - 15:39

One thing Autosport got wrong was that Ferrari was going to use Pull rod suspension at the rear. It doesn't which means they've optimised their current package around the blown diffuser.



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Post by nickyf1 on Fri 28 Jan 2011 - 15:53

Many of the components on that car are from the F50, the Front Wing for example, is taken straight off a the F50, I would be surpirsed if many other components were.
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Post by lfcnicklfc on Fri 28 Jan 2011 - 15:56

the F10 nicky Wink

And here's a side by side comparison of the F10 and the brand new F150 Smile
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Post by Guest on Fri 28 Jan 2011 - 16:05

damn those pirellis bring back memories, the logo and the style/shape of those beasts!! When they start adding the green lines it won't be so pretty. Welcome back Pirelli;O)

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Post by nickyf1 on Fri 28 Jan 2011 - 16:06

Yellow writing on the tyres is welcome in my books Razz

Pirelli have not been in F1 for aages! Are you sure you are not thinking of Goodyear, pre 1999 Matt?
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Post by nickyf1 on Fri 28 Jan 2011 - 17:15

Ah, interesting video.
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Post by Matt on Sat 29 Jan 2011 - 16:02

The Shark fin on the F150 is basically the same sort of design they were running in 2008 before people started connecting it to the rear wing to stablise air flow.
It'll be interesting to see how the mechanisms for the adjustable wing are packaged. They need to keep weight down so many are saying electrical systems over hydraulic as a failure will effect the whole car aparently.
It will alos be interesting to see how the teams develop the diffusers to claw back the advantages of a DD without the extra air channels and the use of the underside of the rear structure which is outlawed by the new regs.
More cars on Tues Wink



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Post by lfcnicklfc on Sun 30 Jan 2011 - 14:45

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/89147

First look at the 2011 Mercedes GP car Smile
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Post by nickyf1 on Mon 31 Jan 2011 - 8:15

Awesome! Funnily enough, as mentioned on MWM, this Lotus Team is actually connected to the original Team Lotus. Team Lotus was sold in 1994 and became Pacific, then it went through a couple of owners before it was finally sold to the current owner, who has named the team Lotus once again.
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