Lotus E20 launch – first pictures of Lotus’s 2012 F1 car

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The Lotus E20, the team’s 2012 F1 challenger, has been revealed today. See the video above for the first images of the car.

The team which competed as Renault in 2011 has changed identities and has an all-new driver line-up for this season.

The E20 will be raced by Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean. Raikkonen will be first to drive the car in testing at Jerez in the coming week.

Lotus were known to have been working on a reactive ride height system for the E20, which they tested on its predecessor in Abu Dhabi last year. However the system was banned by the FIA last month.

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123 comments on Lotus E20 launch – first pictures of Lotus’s 2012 F1 car

  1. brxtr (@broxter) said on 5th February 2012, 17:04

    Nice explanation of the new nose regulations in that video.

  2. Jezson (@jezson) said on 5th February 2012, 17:16

    I’m glad they’ve gone back to the gold instead of that horrible cream they changed it to half way through last season. As most people are saying though… The lines are too thick and the red isn’t needed.

  3. west (@west) said on 5th February 2012, 17:17

    Good job new nose not bad at all

  4. Nflux (@nflux) said on 5th February 2012, 17:35

    I am still waiting for the RB8 to see where the master goes with nose.

  5. Charlie123 said on 5th February 2012, 17:40

    Redbull tomorrow!

  6. reg (@reg) said on 5th February 2012, 17:47

    Looks like Total remains unrelenting in their need for a red background on the endplates. Car could look 10X better if they were gold and black like the rest of the car.

    This team hasn’t had a beautiful livery since the R26.

  7. TRF1 (@trf1net) said on 5th February 2012, 17:48

    Lotus E20 looks aggressive. Those pictures are aggressive:

    • TheBrav3 said on 5th February 2012, 19:05

      Those Pictures are PR twaddle shot in ways to show you el zilcho technical innovations but at the same time make you go oooooo it’s all sideways!

      • Mike (@mike) said on 6th February 2012, 9:52

        Exactly, You can see little, or at least it is very hard to see much of value.

        The low close shots irritate me greatly. I understand hiding things but unless it turns out to be a revolutionary car I think that it’s just unnecessary.

  8. Gav (@foxtrotoscar21) said on 5th February 2012, 17:51

    The best car launched so far closely behind the Force India. Nice work. Great video clip too. Hope it sounds as good as last years – I loved the sound of their engine.

  9. I Love The Pope said on 5th February 2012, 17:59

    Looks like a car and a couple of drivers who will finish fifth at best!

    YAY.

  10. Rahim.RG (@rahim-rg) said on 5th February 2012, 17:59

    Pretty agressive….Nicely done..
    Car looks Monstrously Good…
    Good Luck to Lotus Hopefully will be quick enough for Kimi to shine…

  11. Like it!

    It’s quite a smart livery as well as it makes the front section not look bad. Now make me proud on the track!

  12. Calum (@calum) said on 5th February 2012, 18:15

    The livery is still suffering because of the Total red endplates, but has been improved in other areas, for example the huge Lotus logo from the nose is gone, and there are loads of new gold sponsors to cover the car. I

    And the car itself looks good, on a par with the Sahara Force India, but not quite as clean as the Mclaren.

    Really looking forward to seeing the RedBull, I suspect a step-nose too.

  13. melkurion (@melkurion) said on 5th February 2012, 18:20

    Everybody is going on about how nice it looks…and I agree, it doens’t look half bad.

    But on the innovation side, I’m as dissapointed by this as I was with the mclaren. Looks like they’ve tried to copy the RB7 style sidepods, but haven’t managed to get them quit as small. And the exhausts are bretty basic, centre line…

    Ferrari offcourse have gone the farthest so far with innovation, but the Force India with it’s undercut sidepods alo looks like a big step forward from it’s predeccesor. Same goed for the Caterham. The Mclaren to me looks very conventional, no more then an upgrade of last years car.

    And the E20 looks….just kinds middle of the road basic F1 car, lets not try anything tricky…

    • BBT (@bbt) said on 5th February 2012, 21:21

      Force India with it’s undercut sidepods alo looks like a big step forward from it’s predeccesor. Same goed for the Caterham. The Mclaren to me looks very conventional, no more then an upgrade of last years car.

      lol, how can you say that… Mclaren and FI have the same undercut sidepods, you can’t make one statement for one and the opposite for the other.

      PS what innovation on the Ferrari?

      • melkurion (@melkurion) said on 5th February 2012, 22:13

        front susspention, the combination of engine and coolling exhaust on the ferrari and the radical square nose.

        And FI has a much different undercut to the MP4/27. just look at the details from he back.

        Also, mclaren (as stated by the team itself) was closely based on last year’s car, the FI though is a new concept from it’s predeccesor. DOn’t get me wrong, the Mclaren will probably be the faste rof the two. But after the u-shaped sidepods of last year I was hoping for something more spectavular than the MP4/27 …

  14. FlyingLobster27 said on 5th February 2012, 18:22

    Not bad. The step has had time to soak in a little since those first Caterham pics, and Ferrari has just made everything else look decent.

    Seems the regs since 2009 are all about making F1 cars look badly proportioned in the wing department. Now, not only do we have a front wing that’s wider than the car when looked at from the front, but also a gharial nose when looked at from the side. But from any other angle, these new noses don’t look unlike the lower noses from 2010, or the HRT nose from last year, so they’re not all that shocking. Except Ferrari’s.

  15. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 5th February 2012, 18:23

    Updated the gallery with some more pictures and also some renderings, though the latter aren’t particularly high-quality.

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