Lotus unveiled the winning livery from its competition Lotus unveiled the winning livery from its competition

Despite confirming that it would not push ahead with its original plans to run a black-and-gold livery for the 2011 season in the wake of Group Lotus’ decision to involve itself with the Renault F1 project and run its own similar livery, Team Lotus has nonetheless still shown off the winning livery design selected as part of a competition it ran before the ‘Lotus Wars’ debate broke.

The colour scheme, designed by F1 fan Raphael Campos, was deemed the winner after the Hingham-based team implemented a fans’ competition in November to help design the colour scheme for its T128 chassis.

The design was inspired, Campos writes, from Emerson Fittipaldi’s Lotus 72D, which the Brazilian piloted to the first of his Formula 1 championship titles.

But in the wake of the ongoing legal dispute with Group Lotus, the team has decided it will revert to the green-and-yellow colour scheme it ran in 2010.

The outfit sensibly decided to press ahead with the competition – despite knowing it wasn’t going to use the winning design – due to the high quality of the design entries they received. The team also announced that it will pain up a 2011 show car in the winning livery.

[Original images via ElectroDuo]

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