Test driver Fairuz Fauzy shook down the Lotus T127 at Silverstone
Lotus has officially revealed the car it will return to F1 with in 2010 at a launch ceremony in London.
See below for pictures of the Lotus T127 – the first Lotus since 1994.
Image (C) Lotus F1
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Say 'no' to shark's fin. said on 12th February 2010, 19:25
Best looking car with Virgin.
McLaren = awful and giant shark fin.
Renault = nice colors, but again the awful and giant shark fin.
Red Bull = the shark fin strikes back.
Sauber = the WORST looking car on the grid by far.
Peter said on 12th February 2010, 20:46
I like the Ferrari best (no fin) but I am almost regretting to say that I quite like the Sauber with its fin. Maybe bacause it is so ugly that it becomes appealing again?
Dingle Dell said on 13th February 2010, 1:55
Well, out of 11 cars launched, 5 of them are without shark’s fin. I do hope that if USF1 & Campos make the grid, they would be without the ugly shark’s fin.
McLaren, Renault, Sauber, STR, Force India, Red Bull – these have SHARK’S FIN…
and oh, I pretty much dislike outboard mirrors too!!! Ferrari started it.
This year majority of the cars have them – Ferrari, Williams, Force India, STR, Red Bull, Sauber.
Thank God McLaren, Mercedes, Renault, Virgin, Lotus are running inboard mirrors.
Can’t wait for both shark’s fin and outboard mirrors and that appendage to support the outboard mirrors being banned in near future :D
LewisC said on 12th February 2010, 19:37
I think this looks like a car that’s been developed very quickly, and on a very tight budget. Air doesn’t create downforce by flowing in straight lines, it needs to flow around sculpted curves to create lift/drag as desired – so I worry that this will be a bit of a mobile chicane.
-A- said on 12th February 2010, 19:43
Very nice to see British Racing Green back on the grid. It’s interesting to see an official promo picture giving away at least a launch configuration of the car’s diffuser, which seems rather unheard of to me, compared to the relative secrecy the other teams did at the launches…
Sporting-wise, this is essentially a new operation, so while the team is obviously trying to market itself with the legacy of the Lotus brand in Grand Prix racing, it would make some sense to dismiss expectations for the moment and appreciate whatever results the team can achieve in the season coming up…
doncakes said on 12th February 2010, 20:22
Funny that so many teams go out of there way to not show you the diffuser, and here is Lotus with a high res shot WITH the press release.
Another no Shark fin car. Will be interesting to compair fin vs no fin for GP wins this season.
three4three said on 12th February 2010, 20:51
Yeah I thought that too, but then realised that no one would copy it anyway so they may as well!
BNK Racing said on 12th February 2010, 20:31
well thats better….the spy shot earlier this week ddid it ZERO justice lol. with that said….i think we will have a harder time predicting the bottom 3 cars of each race than the top 3 lol (not incl accidents etc)
Marc Connell said on 12th February 2010, 21:04
looks like its been pulled from a typical British garage. Thats what i like about it!
Ned Flanders said on 12th February 2010, 21:15
Well everyone seems to love this livery- and to be fair I think it’s alright too- so let me be a pessimist and point out a few things which are wrong with it:
o The shade of green is too dark
o The yellow stripes going down the car are too thin
o Those yellow wheels look ridiculous
o It has very few sponsors (though I suppose you could argue that’s a good thing)
HG said on 12th February 2010, 21:49
i like the green, any lighter and it would look like a fast pepermint
Rits said on 12th February 2010, 22:17
Dingle Dell said on 13th February 2010, 1:59
Wrigley’s DOUBLE MINT!!! :P
Rits said on 13th February 2010, 2:56
Well. Wrigley’s Doublemint on wheels!
Hope the car is better than the livery.
Rits said on 13th February 2010, 2:58
btw, did you know they are a sponsor for Force India, Doublemint!
Look on the lower end of the diffuser… :)
DanThorn said on 13th February 2010, 12:41
Might end up with a car that chews its tyres…
Ned Flanders said on 12th February 2010, 21:19
Oh, and out of curiosity I’d love to see what this car might have looked like if the green was lighter.
If any photoshopper happens to read this could you do me a favour and create a Lotus in either a Jaguar green, or even Force India green? It would be much appreciated!
Jarred Walmsley said on 12th February 2010, 23:21
I think we have another job for Jezson :)
HounslowBusGarage said on 12th February 2010, 21:21
Why were they using what looked like intermediates on a dry track?
Stealthman said on 13th February 2010, 0:53
They can’t run slicks on shakedown tests due to tyre restrictions. At least that’s what I’ve read in other places on this site.
Icthyes said on 12th February 2010, 21:25
Nice livery, maybe could have been a little better, car looks quite basic but maybe it wasa rush job and they have a few more things to come.
F1Yankee said on 12th February 2010, 21:25
if i had my choice of fake lotus, i’ll take a caterham.
SamS said on 12th February 2010, 21:38
if you look on F1 website the car looks pretty advanced, Lotus have my vote as the best of the newbies!
HG said on 12th February 2010, 21:51
i like it a lot. It looks a little bit more old school, with the straight sidepods and and the colour scheme, and i like the yellow wheels.
and no shark fin, a big tick for that
graigchq said on 12th February 2010, 21:59
thanks so much Keith, i now have access to pretty much a full set of this years cars for comparison. No other site offers this kind of service… absolutely fantastic work.
And if my reading memory serves me right, you’re doing all this from a hotel in Spain.. great work!!!
Metallion said on 12th February 2010, 22:10
I like the colors, but as for the actual design of the car I think it’s far from the best looking. The short nose makes it look very strange. Like Kovalainen has said, there is a lot to improve. They had to put it together very quickly so it won’t be very advanced. Kovalainen said that by the Spanish GP they’ll have significant improvements to the car.
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