Lotus Racing will switch from its current green and yellow livery to an equally-iconic black and gold for the 2011 season.

Lotus Racing will switch from its current green and yellow livery to an equally-iconic black and gold for the 2011 season.

The move is almost certainly because the entirely separate Group Lotus intends to enter F1 next year and use the traditional green and yellow colours.

"When we first unveiled our 2010 car there was unanimous praise for our decision to bring the historic green and yellow livery back to the modern F1 grid," said chief executive Riad Asmat.

"I know the return to the track of the legendary black and gold will be met with even more universal support as it strikes such an emotional chord with fans around the world," he added.

The black and gold livery was made famous by the original Team Lotus in the 70s and 80s, when sponsor Imperial Tobacco advertised its John Player Special brand.

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Lotus Racing to have black and gold livery in 2011