Is Renault's New R30 Totally Awesome Or Totally Awesome?

If paintjobs can win races, the entire Formula One grid must be quaking in their Nomex boots. Renault’s vespid R30 is one hell of a looker.

While a pleasing slap in the visual cortex, the livery is no spring chicken: yellow and black hail from Renault’s very first Formula One car, the Yellow Teapot, first raced at the 1977 British Grand Prix.

Is Renault's New R30 Totally Awesome Or Totally Awesome?

Also known as the RS01 when not a butt of jokes on French reliability, it was the first turbocharged Formula One car, spearheading a revolution which would conquer the entire series by 1983 or so and spawn cars like the absolutely fabulous 1500+ HP turbocharged Brabham-BMW’s.

Is Renault's New R30 Totally Awesome Or Totally Awesome?

Rounding out the new car’s carbon fiber shell to its race weight of 1370 pounds is an All-Slav lineup, with Vitaly Petrov of Russia joining Robert Kubica of Poland.

One thing is for certain: we will have no problem telling this car apart from the others.

Photo Credit: Renault F1, glennolives aka "pierrepn"/Flickr, Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic