Green and gold and good

We hoped they would do it. We prayed they would do it. And they’ve only gone and blinkin’ done it.

Yes, Lotus F1 Racing have revived the magnificent gold-on-green livery of their illustrious 1960s sort-of-predecessors.

The T127 – for that is the name of Lotus’s 2010 F1 car – and its retrotastic paintjob were unveiled on Friday at what was described as a ‘glittering ceremony in London’s Royal Horticultural Hall’. We love it. Lotus takes the wraps off its shiny new F1 car… at a posh farmers’ market. Sort of.

OK, you might complain that Lotus F1’s connection to the name (and, indeed, the road cars) is tenuous at best, but let’s leave that to one side for the moment. Earlier this month, TopGear spent a few days hanging out with the new Lotus team, and we can happily report that they’re an excellent bunch of guys.

Technical director Mike Gascoyne brings his dogs to work at their Norfolk factory. And they let us build a bit of their car, so you know who to blame when something Big and Important shears off in the first race.

Check the March issue of TopGear magazine – out February 24 – for the full story. We’ll be keeping a close eye on Lotus over the course of the season, but for now, what do you think of the livery?

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