Caterham CT01

Caterham CT01 images revealed early

2012 F1 carsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

The first pictures of the Caterham CT01 have appeared ahead of its official publication tomorrow.

Images taken from the current issue of F1 Racing have been posted online.

Caterham later issued an official image of the new car. The CT01’s distinctive stepped nose is a consequence of new rules aimed at lowering the noses of the cars.

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  1. Wouldn’t a staggered nose like that cause a lot a drag in a straight line? The 2011 car’s nose was not that high,×478/sutton/2011/d11bra1691.jpg would that still be allowed in the 2012 regulations?

    1. oops, looking closer i can see the nose only was humps on the sides and not a straight wall of elevation, that answers the drag question.

    2. @tomand95 – No, it would not be. The 2012 regulations state that everything forward of the bulkhead may be no higher than 55cm. Everything behind the bulkhead may be up to 62.5cm. That’s a difference of 7.5cm between the two cars. Besides, you cannot simply take the nose off one car and put it onto another. Cars are designed holistically, which is to say that the every part of the car works in unison with every other part. That’s why HRT were unable to qualify in Melbourne last year; they put the front wing of the Hispania F110 on when the F111 front wing failed the crash tests. But because the front wing was designed for a different car, it didn’t work as well with the aerodynamics as the F111 front wing would have, and so the car was very slow – too slow to qualify within 107% of Vettel’s pole time.

      1. yeah i was wondering if a similar nose design could have been used, of course as you mentioned and different nose that hasn’t been developed with the car would not match it’s aero package, resulting in a slow car. I wonder what sort of clever designs teams can come up with?

  2. The horror!!!

    Just kidding.

  3. It looks a product of the new crash test…

    But seriously it is a pure copy of what Scrabs has predicted, don’t you think?

    1. matthewf1 (@)
      25th January 2012, 11:15


    2. I saw the ScarbsF1 predicted designs yesterday, then seeing the Caterham today it looks almost identical. Scarbs really knows his stuff!

      1. How hasnt he got a job in F1? Or has he?

        1. Maybe cater ham read f1scarbs lol

  4. Ferrari said their new car was going to be ugly as well… what hideous new breed of cars will we be subject to this year?

    1. @Keith-Collantine The platipus generation?

      1. My apologies, it’s too much of an insult to the platipus…

  5. Oooh, it’s such a cutie!!!

    Seriously, I have no problem with the look of it although it might take some time to get used to the unusual nose.

  6. To goagainst popular opinion……. I actually quite like it :D I like the differences in the cars from one season to the next.

  7. It’s a sad day for Formula One.

  8. Yikes

    Looks like a mechanical avocado anaconda swallowed a duckbilled platypus

  9. I think it’s a fake!

    1. we all wish that’s fake!

  10. The car as a whole looks nice, but that nose, my god… I sure hope it’s the only car that will get to look like this! Although it might pressure FIA to change regulations somewhat to get the cars prettier again, at least I hope so…

    I think the FIA wants the actual nosetip pointing down in 2014, right? Can anyone confirm that?

    1. sure hope it’s the only car that will get to look like this!

      According to scarbsf1, most of the teams will do this.

      Although it might pressure FIA to change regulations somewhat to get the cars prettier again

      It would mean redesigning the entire front end of the car. Which would be expensive.

      1. I was talking about future seasons. But like I said, I seem to remember the nosetip needs to point down from 2014 onward. Am I correct?

        1. I have no idea.

          1. Just found it on Scarbs F1: “This reduction in height starts in 2012 with the front bulkhead limited to a 55cm height and then in 2014 the nose tip must fit into a zone 25cm high.”

            Here’s hoping that will make the cars a lot less ugly!!

  11. um, yeah, i’m sure we will all grow to accept the new look, kind of like the way we love our ugly pets.

    1. Haha! That’s how i feel too. Ok it’s a little ugly as a nose but i can grow to love it.

  12. looks ok side-on at least!

    1. Yeah, as long as the races are held during nights and the cars ain’t get filmed from the front, the 2012 season has every chance of becoming a true beauty contest :)

  13. It’s not actually that bad from the side. The drop is still there, and it’s still noticeable, but it doesn’t have the same shock as the three-quarter view.

    Also, notice the wide sponsorless space on the sidepod …

  14. Do Caterham know that this picture were published??? what’s wrong with the nose???

  15. Just as ScarbsF1 said a 2012 car would look like pretty much. Not a fan of that new nosecone though. It just looks stupid!!!!. Nice job on the side pods, very neat. A nice RBR looking engine cover, with the large tail funnel open at the back to vent air onto the lower plain of the rear wing.

  16. The sidepods seem very interesting and is it just me or will that little lip between the nose and bulkhead generate downforce right over the front axle?

    It looks different, but very interesting. I this car could pop them into the mid-field. I hope it does, the big gulf to the back runners is getting annoying!

  17. This car looks like it borrowed Alain Prost’s nose.

    1. Haha, yes! It’s a pity the Prost team isn’t still going, that’s how a Prost car should look!

  18. Looks good from the side. I have a problem with the yellow stripe at the back though, looks completely out of place. Why not have it running with the lines of the car? They could even just do away with it and have the stripe on the front running around the cockpit and over the airbox and engine cover.

  19. I… erm… quite like it actually. That design definitely has character.

  20. Its OK, most will be like this, we’ll grow to love them when they race

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