Lotus drivers Roman Grosjean and recently-aquired Pastor Maldonado will be racing the new Lotus E22 Formula One car, sporting a potentially controversial split-nose design.
Unlike the more conventional ‘dolphin’ or ‘pencil’ nose designs, Lotus has decided to head off in a different direction – a direction Lotus Technical Director Nick Chester assures is a fully-legal one.
Formula One cars are examples of some of the most finely tuned vehicles in the world. A new regulation, such as requiring teams to narrow their car’s front-wing by 150mm, seems insignificant. However, in the intricacies of F1 racing, Chester reveals these alterations prove drastic, hence their willingness to experiment with the split-nose.
Along with the front-wing changes, the 2014 Lotus E22 has further cosmetic differences from the previous E21 car. The main flap on the rear-wing is shallower, as well as the removal of the lower-beam wing. Furthermore, the undertray on the E22 is lower than in previous models.
Despite the growing excitement, sit tight Lotus fans. With testing in Jerez, Spain scheduled for next week, the E22 will, unfortunately, not be ready. However, Lotus are looking to debut the car at the Barhain test in mid-February.
Stay tuned into Motrolix for more information, as other teams are releasing their 2014 championship cars for the upcoming F1 season.