• Mar 3rd 2011 at 3:19PM
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2011 Lotus Renault GP R31 and Evora GT4 - Click above for high-res image gallery

Picking a color scheme for a race car is usually a straightforward matter, but when Lotus opted to revive the black-and-gold combination of the classic John Player Special livery for its new Formula One car, things got a bit complicated. Not because it was once associated with a tobacco brand, but because of the still-unsettled dispute with the other Lotus team.

The Malaysian outfit at the back of the field originally planned on adopting the black and gold for this season, but opted to stick with its existing green and yellow livery shortly after Lotus Cars assumed part ownership of the newly rechristened Lotus Renault GP team.

The naming rights may still be in dispute, but the livery issue is settled. And Lotus isn't just applying it to the grand prix racer you see here. (Though Renault, incidentally, displayed the team's car from last year in the new livery on its stand, and Pirelli a selection of last year's cars as well, Lotus appears to have brought the new 2011 challenger...or at least a mockup.) The British outfit also brought along an Evora GT4 decked out in the same scheme. And it looks positively dynamite on both cars. But don't take our word for it: check it out for yourself in the high-resolution image gallery below and see for yourself.

Photos copyright ©2011 Drew Phillips / AOL

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      • 4 Years Ago
      That is definitely just an R30 with updated livery and not the R31. It doesn't have the radical front exit exhaust or any of their other trick parts from the 2011 car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yup, you're right, it also has a lower nose, now banned long shark fin & high exiting exhaust...it's early 2010 I think. Also those wings look place-holder like, if you know what I mean.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That Evora actually looks better.

      They could have left the "lipstick" stripe off the front, and let the grin grille just fade into the black paint.

      But the side stripes that cut up through the former quarter windows give the car kind of a neo-stratos vibe.

      Still waiting to see the Donato Coco upgraded bodywork, and the targa panel removable roof.

      I am not a big fan of the maintenance that a black car requires, but black may be Evora's best color.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think I just had a trouser accident. Two of them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That evora looks amazing, if a little too ferarri-like...
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a tease. I love them both.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you look closely the F1 is the R29, the absolutely dreadful car from the 2009 season.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here is to hoping this helps them sell more cars and keep the brand alive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn fine looking livery and in the correct colors!
      • 4 Years Ago
      That Evora is a GT2 concept, not a GT4
      • 4 Years Ago
      I dig the cars, and the video playing in the background, showing the proud heritage of Lotus. Sweet.
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