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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235 comments on “Caterham CT01 images revealed early”

  1. I saw this image posted over at Autosport, showing how the other cars might look. And honestly, they’re not as bad as first expected. I think the problem with the CT-01 is that the front of the nose is flat, but everyone else might go for a bit of an angle, and so they all end up looking like the Virgin VR-01.

    1. Am I reading that image correctly in thinking that last season’s McLaren would have been pretty much compliant with the new regs already?

      In that case, it doesn’t have to look as awful as this Lot… Caterham.

      1. They are pretty close thats for sure.

        The standout (or not) of the mclaren is the top of the bodywork is already below the top of the wheel – something different from all the other cars by the looks.

        Hopefully they wont have to change it too much so it still looks nice :)

    1. Exactly, the FIA probably did not expect this… if anything, a nose like this one looks even more like a stabbing weapon than they did last year.

      Also, it’s painfully obvious how the FIA are making the cars uglier year by year, just looking at the front page. The Renault R30 with Raikkonen in it looks brilliant compared to this hideous thing.

  2. Why don’t they just return to the 2000 and 2001 car designs. The Ferraris and McLarens then were stunning, and the aerodynamics still permitted alot of over taking, even without DRS.

    I really don’t like this non streamed restrictions to the cars.

    BTW, I actually like the new Indy cars.

    1. Or a return to pre-90s style noses, where the front wing is directly connected to the nose, rather than connected by vertical supports. There would be an interesting compromise between front wing height and feeding the assortment of aerodynamic devices that are largely obscured from view.

        1. True, but since every kind of technical development which aids aerodynamics appears to be worth banning these days, it sounds like exactly the reason why they should go back to pre-90s noses.

    1. Me too – I’ve been browsing until the fourth comments page to find someone mentioning its length. It looks twice as long as last year’s car. and longer than the 2012 car drawn by Scarbs.

      Are they trying to fit both Trulli and Petrov in there?!

  3. Oh My, very odd! I’m sure my kids to build something prettier in Lego.
    I know they have to go by the FIA regs, but it’s looks like they split the cars parts up to different teams and they all came into one warehouse and fitted them together without telling each other what they were making.

    Normally I now say “Can’t wait to see what XXXXX looks like”, but I’m not sure now.

  4. In the future, F1 cars will look like staircases from the side. A step from the ground to the wing, the wing will be moved forward so you can get a step up to the nose, then a step in the middle of the nose, a step at the cockpit area (where the driver’s head is), the air intake will be pushed back so that it can take the shape of another step, and finally, the rear wing height will be raised so that it looks like another step.

    This generation of F1 cars are going to make the raised floor and the “lorry flaps” of LMPs look really good. And the Toyota TS030 is goooooorgeous!

  5. Oh my, kill it before it lays eggs!

    Seriously though, thumbs up for Caterham for their commitement, this shows how they are full on aero development, not sacrificing it for the looks. I’m sure sticking with that fugly nose was a very difficult decision. Let’s hope this won’t follow the path of other ugly F1 cars which in majority were also hideously slow (as far as i remember from examples).

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