Lotus have revealed the first images of their 2011 F1 car which is now called the T128.
The car was originally supposed to be called the TL11 which, according to the team, was to ?óÔé¼?ôsimplify what could have been another point of contention?óÔé¼?Ø with Renault over the use of the name ‘Lotus’.
When asked by F1 Fanatic on Twitter about the change of name Tony Fernandes said:
Because we are continuing with history. We are a new dynasty but tradition continues.
One of the most striking features on the car is the use of a ‘blade’ roll hoop with a split air intake. However the central part of the ‘blade’ has to be thicker because of the change in the 2011 rules.
Lotus’s chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne has high hopes for the new car:
I think that basically this car looks like a front-running car in every area. We said very clearly that we want to start challenging the established teams and I think that’s very achievable.
The team also confirmed the T128 does not have a Kinetic Energy Recovery System. Chief operating officer Keith Saunt said:
If KERS was going to get us from eighth to sixth then we?óÔé¼Ôäód have it. But when you look at the weight of it and some of the engineering challenges, I think it?óÔé¼Ôäós a good decision not to start with it. We might end up with it, who knows?
The team switch from Cosworth to Renault power this year and the T128’s gearbox is sourced from Red Bull.
Tony Fernandes’ Air Asia brand features prominently on the car. The airline previously sponsored Williams. The T128 also sports the logos of energy drink EQ8.
The car will be shown in public at Valencia tomorrow and be given its first run by Heikki Kovalainen on Wednesday.
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