New Lotus F1 unveiled!


New Lotus F1 unveiled!

Lotus F1 announced on Monday, February 5 the launch of its 2012 Formula 1 car, the E20, named in honor of the 20th single-seated chassis designed at Lotus' Enstone base.

Retaining Lotus' distinctive black and gold livery, the E20's main visible departure from the previous year's R31 is the "broken" "boxer nose" of the car.

The E20 also features a revised front and rear suspension layout. An innovative mechanical system will stabilize the ride-height of the car while braking. The design and development utilized a new 60% wind tunnel and an enhanced CFD facility at Enstone. The redesign should improve the car's overall aerodynamic efficiency.

In 2012 the team will feature a new driver tandem: Kimi Raikkonen, the Finnish 2007 world champion, and Frenchman Romain Grosjean, winner of the 2011 GP2 series who hopes to push for honors this season.

Kimi Räikkönen kicked off pre-season testing with the E20 in Jerez on February 7 and set an unbeatable time of 1:19.670. Though unofficial, this time is a promising start to the team's 2012 season with a new driver tandem, car and name. The team has rebranded itself as "Lotus F1" for the upcoming season, from "Lotus Renault GP Team" in 2011 and "Renault F1" in 2010.