The Renault Sport F1 team has revealed its full 2016 livery two days before the season kicks off at the Australian Grand Prix.

The French manufacturer unveiled an interim livery in February which they called a ‘show car’, which completed the two weeks of pre-season testing in Barcelona.

Now Renault has gone back to its roots, sporting a predominately yellow matte chassis with splashes of gold towards the rear of the car.

“Tonight is about our identity and what Renault stands for. I look around and it looks like people are trying to disappear from the Tarmac, so we’ve gone for something different,” Renault managing director Cyril Abiteboul said at the launch.

“I think it works well. We’ve gone for yellow, which has been the colour of Renault since 1946, so we’ve been true to our history.”

The launch of the revised livery was accompanied by a short promotional clip of drivers Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer at a beach with Australian pro surfer Ellie-Jean Coffey. The clip – which aired moments before the livery unveiling – featured the Renault RS16 surfing on a longboard at a beach just outside Sydney.

“To our knowledge it’s the first time an F1 car has ever surfed! It fits with the Australian theme, but moreover it aligns us with the spirit of adventure we see in the latest range of Renault products such as the Captur and Kadjar,” Abiteboul said.

Image via Renault Sport Formula One Team

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