Group Lotus plans for the Lotus Renault GP team to remain in its distinctive black-and-gold color scheme in 2012, following the positive exposure that it has received this year.
Lotus' decision to become title sponsor of Renault resulted in a total re-branding of the car, with the squad opting for the paint scheme that was made famous by Lotus Formula 1 cars throughout the late 1970s and again in the early '80s. Group Lotus' other motorsport programs use the green and gold colors of the original Lotus team's earlier era, but this livery is already in use with the rival Team Lotus operation in F1.
With the UK's High Court having recently ruled that Renault had every right to use the black-and-gold colors, Group Lotus CEO Dany Bahar said on Friday that the livery would remain on board for next season.
"I think we need consistency," said Bahar. "We like the livery, and the black and gold is used in many road car limited editions. On our side it is a nice livery that is perceived well by the people, especially on the road car side, so I see no reason to change it."