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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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150 comments on “Lotus E22: First pictures”

    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.

  1. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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. @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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!).

    1. Microsoft

      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.

  6. 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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