Lotus E22: First pictures

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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. 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?

  2. matt90 (@matt90) said on 24th January 2014, 12:30

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

  3. Looks a bit like the Williams FW26 nose 2004

  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. Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 24th January 2014, 12:42

    Compensating for something, Lotus?

  6. lynnduffy (@lynnduffy) said on 24th January 2014, 12:47

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

  7. David not Coulthard (@) said on 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!).

  8. melkurion (@melkurion) said on 24th January 2014, 12:51

    AWESOME!!!!

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

  9. David not Coulthard (@) said on 24th January 2014, 12:51

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

  10. Brian (@bealzbob) said on 24th January 2014, 12:52

    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.

  11. Ean (@ean) said on 24th January 2014, 12:53

    Nice to see cars that do not look alike

  12. toiago (@toiago) said on 24th January 2014, 13:02

    After seeing the E22, I’m curious to see what Newey will come up with. A trident maybe?

  13. GeorgeTuk (@georgetuk) said on 24th January 2014, 13:08

    Classic news management. “Don’t look at that…look at this!”

  14. Dave Johnson said on 24th January 2014, 13:21

    Wow was that design inspired by Eddie Jordan. That’s quite a camel hoof!

  15. Dave Johnson said on 24th January 2014, 13:23

    Also, who’s Yotaphone. Looks like the sort of sponsor you might see on an unofficial model of a McLaren.

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