Lotus T128 has first run in Valencia

2011 F1 cars

The Lotus T128 has appeared for the first time in Valencia.

Heikki Kovalainen did the first lap in the car as testing began this morning.

Images ?? F1 Fanatic and Julien Leroy / firstlap.be. If you wish to use these images please contact F1 Fanatic to request permission

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78 comments on Lotus T128 has first run in Valencia

  1. Faraz (@faraz) said on 2nd February 2011, 9:58

    Looks like a Formula 3 car from the front.

  2. Don Mateo said on 2nd February 2011, 10:05

    Of all the cars that have come out so far, this one looks like the most radical departure from its predecessor. Still, to me that always looked like an under-developed brick, so perhaps it’s not surprising.

  3. sam3110 (@sam3110) said on 2nd February 2011, 10:13

    Am I the only on that thinks the blade is just stupid? When Mercedes used it they were asked if it was a major step up in performance and rather sheepishly they said no it’s barely changed anything, only the fact that the air is split for the cooling a bit better!

    The fact that no-one else has bothered and the bit in the middle looks ridiculously fat says it all for me, it’s just being different for being different’s sake

  4. I love the look of this car. Gets my vote for the best looking car launched so far..

    i really hope they get one over lotus renault. this car looks like its out to prove a point!!

  5. Txizzle (@txizzle) said on 2nd February 2011, 10:49

    I keep thinking: this is one sweet looking machine! :P

  6. lowered nose.. i like it

  7. Looks cheap, especially the decals. No wonder Lotus didn’t want to be associated with them.

  8. BROOKSY007 (@brooksy007) said on 2nd February 2011, 11:55

    Looks a lot better on the track, the first pictures looked horrible but on the track it just looks right.

  9. Polle said on 2nd February 2011, 11:57

    There there people, no need to hang yourselves over some dodgy decals.

  10. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 2nd February 2011, 12:03

    Now that looks a lot better than in the launch photos. Particularly the 12th one down.

  11. Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 2nd February 2011, 12:10

    Team Lotus seem to have problems with heat from exhaust apparently burning stuff on the car. Irony.

  12. David McVey said on 2nd February 2011, 12:33

    Anybody think the front end resembles the front end of the A23?

    http://www.f1technical.net/f1db/cars/images/2002/arrows-a23-monaco.jpg

  13. Hmmm kind of… lets hope it’s a lot faster though! I just finished an article on my blog about my reactions to the new F1 cars. A fun read if you’re keen :)

  14. The New Pope said on 2nd February 2011, 13:05

    I really do love the look of these cars. I think the green and gold is quite classy, and so different than the other cars on the grid. Good stuff!

  15. Ralph said on 2nd February 2011, 13:28

    Article 15.2.4 The ‘spike’-style rollhoop has been banned for safety reasons.

    Is Mike Gascoyne playing with fire?

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 2nd February 2011, 14:15

      What article 15.2.4 actually says is this:

      The principal roll structure must have a minimum enclosed structural cross section of 10000mm², in vertical projection, across a horizontal plane 50mm below its highest point. The area thus established must not exceed 200mm in length or width and may not be less than 10000mm2 below this point.

      If you can prove the design infringes that rule, there’s grounds to complain.

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