Caterham CT01 images revealed early

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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. Please god… don’t let the mclaren be as ugly as this….

  2. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 25th January 2012, 11:45

    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.

    • WillP said on 25th January 2012, 14:43

      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.

      • Tom Haxley (@welshtom) said on 25th January 2012, 14:52

        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 :)

  3. BBT (@bbt) said on 25th January 2012, 11:46

    PS I don’t see the point of the new nose(s) if they are going to have a step and be horizontal and not slope down. Its still pretty high really.

    • Roald (@roald) said on 25th January 2012, 11:56

      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.

  4. BBT (@bbt) said on 25th January 2012, 11:48

    I’m still trying to work out what is going on with those sidepod

  5. sato113 (@sato113) said on 25th January 2012, 11:51

    @keithcollantine what do you mean these images are revealed early? the f1racing mag with them in it arrived on my doorstep today!

  6. Ivano (@) said on 25th January 2012, 11:55

    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.

    • Roald (@roald) said on 25th January 2012, 12:07

      I sure wish they would…

    • DavidS (@davids) said on 25th January 2012, 12:13

      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.

      • Carlitox (@carlitox) said on 25th January 2012, 12:41

        That would compromise the air flow underneath the car. That’s the reason they were invented for, to improve downforce under the nose and to the sidepods.

        • WillP said on 25th January 2012, 14:47

          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.

  7. rpiian (@rpiian) said on 25th January 2012, 11:56

    Woah! Ugly stepsister. I expect most teams will look like this or worse.

  8. DavidS (@davids) said on 25th January 2012, 11:58

    If F1 cars look like drivers, this is either a Prost or a Kubica.

  9. coefficient (@coefficient) said on 25th January 2012, 12:06

    Looks really long to me!

    • bpacman (@bpacman) said on 25th January 2012, 17:29

      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?!

  10. King Elessar (@kingelessar) said on 25th January 2012, 12:15

    Wow What A Hideous Looking Car!!!!!!!The Great British Racing Green Ruined…….I Hope Other Teams Have Better Designs……

  11. schooner (@schooner) said on 25th January 2012, 12:17

    I had high hopes for this car as I really liked the livery. Oh well.

  12. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 25th January 2012, 12:19

    http://s1-04.twitpicproxy.com/photos/large/503013062.jpg

    As posted by Autosport’s Pablo Elizalde.

  13. Chalky (@chalky) said on 25th January 2012, 12:25

    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.

  14. scribbler (@scribbler) said on 25th January 2012, 12:30

    It really does look like a Caymen from the front

  15. Dj xo2 (@dj-xo2) said on 25th January 2012, 12:38

    Platypus…..I am so scared. On the upside photos might include a few more grid girls…..

  16. Flying Lobster 27 said on 25th January 2012, 12:42

    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!

  17. Carlitox (@carlitox) said on 25th January 2012, 12:48

    That looks like a duck. But… as long as it is effective…
    No, seriously, I have some hopes on Caterham. I can see them with some points this year, not many, but let’s say five or so.

  18. Looks like a badly built lego car. I thought the ‘lower nose’ rule would bring us back to swooping noses ala the 7-up Jordan. This thing is ugly.

  19. Philip (@24hourjog) said on 25th January 2012, 13:02

    No wonder they photographed it in the dark!

  20. Randy (@randy) said on 25th January 2012, 13:04

    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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