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Lotus E22: First pictures

2014 F1 carsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine


Here are the first pictures of Lotus’s new contender, the E22, which features a double-pronged nose.

Lotus issued the images via its Twitter account after McLaren revealed its MP4-29.

No further information was issued about the new car, which is expected to make its first track appearance at the second pre-season test at Bahrain on February 19th. It bears the logos of PDVSA, who back new driver Pastor Maldonado, and new sponsor Yotaphone.

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  1. I hereby dub this the “barbecue fork”.

  2. To me the nose looks broken and i think the car design is quite lazy, it’s the same from 2013. At least change it little bit.

    1. Their car isn’t even ready for the upcoming test so I imagine this drawing is literally just to show off their nose in the hope that people will think “ah – an F1 car that isn’t as ugly as sin! Maybe we’ll sponsor them instead”

      I doubt the remaining 99% of the car is much to do with this year’s design.

  3. Sexy beast :D

  4. LESS RED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. I wondered if anybody would go for putting the low point on either side and funnelling the air directly under the middle of the nose, rather than have the air negotiate the wang section.

  6. The more I think about this solution (the nose), the more this makes sense. Surely it would direct more air under than with the McLaren/Williams nose?

    Is it too late for the rest to go for one of these or is it too much part of the crash structure to be changed now?

    1. I don’t know. On the McLaren the front wing supports look fairly wide, so in terms of frontal area which is open and leads under the wing, McLaren might have the same or greater.

  7. kill it before it breeds

  8. I also like the livery. Last year it moved far enough away from JPS for me to no longer be offended by it, either as a cynical marketing gimmick or poor relation to the originals. I think this just looks a little smarter than last year.

  9. I’m afraid it’s not befitting Romain’s and Pastor’s driving style at all. They’ll get tangled into other cars’ rear ends
    from day one! And good luck extracting their car now!

  10. I’m a little concerned about safety: ramming a car with such a pointy ‘fork’ nose could be really dangerous no (especially with Maldonado behind the wheel)?

    This isn’t the first time I wee a forked nose by the way, remember the Audi R15?

    1. Jut for the benefit of anybody else, that was the Plus version. The original car had more of a platypus nose.

    2. @paeschli
      It’s pointy, but it’s low and it’s not sharp, nor strong. Any piece of structural or protective bodywork on any car would crumble those fork ends with ease. I don’t think we need to worry.

  11. a single external cross section of more than 9000mm²

    ScarbsF1 posted this on twitter already, but I thought the same thing after reading the regulations: Is this a legal nose?

    1. @gdewilde

      I was thinking the same thing, but what if only one of those 2 struts is the crash structure, and the other one is just a vanity panel / frontwing-support …..?

      1. @melkurion Or they could be joined in the middle making the fingers a single section.

        1. @mantresx

          Interesting idea, but I don’t think so, bcs that would defeat the purpose of splitting it. If you connect them, the single section would have to run up to the bulkhead per regulations. Thus not enabling airflow between the forks to the underside of the nose.

  12. The real question is whether the front is ‘compatible’ with the Williams or McLaren. Looks like they can mate.

  13. Looks a bit like the Williams FW26 nose 2004

  14. Alot of you folks are having a laugh and dramatizing the new cars looks, in my view they are not that nice but no horrible either the step nose trend was far worse and looking at other areas of the car the low front end ends up working fine to me I thought I wasn’t going to like it, what I definitely don’t like is the same thing ever since 2009, the front and rear wing ratio the extreme length of the cars since 2010 and the plain smooth overall look of the other areas of the car in many ways featureless which leads to claims that the cars are getting all alike as other rules contribute further to that oddly enough the more restricting rules are the ones that produce more innovative thinking as seen in this Lotus, the car from this angle looks tighter than any of the yet released but more predominately it sports as of now a cool interpretation of the nose which it shouldn’t surprise much as Lotus engineers always have had fun with extreme designs as for example the front facing exhausts the DDRS W shaped rear wing etc.

  15. Compensating for something, Lotus?

  16. I think they’re taking the mickey out if the McLaren…

  17. David not Coulthard (@)
    24th January 2014, 12:50

    aaahhh, much better, I guess Lotus knows how they’d struggle to pay the fees for baby cars if their cars were able to reproduce (oops, sorry!).

  18. AWESOME!!!!

    Where is the Microsoft and Total Sponsership though?????? I thought Total was Grosjean’s main backer….?

    1. David not Coulthard (@)
      24th January 2014, 12:54


      I’d certainly like to see Red Hat (or, even better, the Free Software Foundation) on there.

      OK, I do realise that it’s not going to happen anytime soon.

    2. Agree, where is the Total branding?

  19. David not Coulthard (@)
    24th January 2014, 12:51

    …Anyway they didn’t go with the Gold-Leaf-plus-Black-front-wing livery, did they?

  20. Whatever about the nose. That’s an odd looking backend too. It just kinda disappears after the air intake. I think all these teams are playing it very cagey until they hit the testing track. Understandably so, I suppose.

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