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Surf's Up: New R.S.16 Renault Sport F1 Livery Rides the Waves

Renault Sport Formula One has chosen a unique way to showcase the new official livery of its new racing machine. Rather than taking to the track, it took to the waves at Boat Harbour Park beach just outside of Sydney.
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Renault has assured us there is no need to worry about water damage to the engine since the surfing single-seater was just a showcar made for this occasion. The real R.S.16 is safe and sound on dry land and awaiting Sunday's race.

Every boy dreams of a car that can go on the water and there have been a few people who tried making one. But we think Renault just wants to suggest the latest livery is as groovy as a pair of surfing trunks, with its bright yellow and black combination. It will certainly look good on the next Megane RS, whenever it gets here.

Renault Sport Formula One Team drivers Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer plus Australian pro surfer Ellie-Jean Coffey undertook the shoot on Monday. It's a bit cheesy, but it fits the Renault commercial brand well.

Cyril Abiteboul, Managing Director of Renault Sport Racing, commented, "We had a new livery to unveil in Melbourne, but we wanted to do things a little differently. We’re in F1 to ultimately get lots of points on track, but also to get lots of attention off track, so we came up with this idea. 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."

Renault has been using yellow and black on its fast cars since forever (1977 to be precise). However, they've also added a few modern touches. The R.S.16 features metallic colors that reflect the light during the night races and a new diamond pattern at the back, which they say is a new trademark of the brand.

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