Caterham CT05, Jerez, 2014

Caterham CT05: First pictures

2014 F1 carsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Caterham CT05, Jerez, 2014

The Caterham CT05 has been revealed. Check out the first pictures of the new car.

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  1. I really like it, I think the negative comments to this are so over the top. look at the car as a whole not just the nose tip – look at the rest, the colour scheme etc. I think in years to come this years cars will be respected because so many look so individual, – reminds me a bit of the 70s, but unfortunantly the nose can be so individual at the moment

  2. Budgets at the back of the grid are very tight. Still, I’m surprised Caterham ran out of money and couldn’t finish building the nose.

  3. :D Wow….. Not sure what to say about that. It’s certainly different!

  4. :D Wow….. Not sure what to say about that. It’s certainly different!

  5. I’m sorry, F14 T, for having insulted you! And you too, MP4-29, and you as well, FW36…
    My dear CT04, you are as ugly as the Ensign N179!

  6. Is that a pullrod suspension ??

  7. Boxy, bulky, ugly, this is the contender to their make or break year… I’m not very optimistic about it

  8. ROFL, just when I thought we had seen the worst already. Hahahahaha

  9. formula 1 cars should not like like this :/

  10. I like that it’s a very bold design. A lot of the others seem to have just taken a 2013 style nose and put a wang on the front of it, whereas Caterham seem to have explored the concept in a bit more depth. If it looked like all the others I’d be disappointed, but this at least shows they are thinking creatively and innovatively. I have no idea whether or not it’ll prove to be better or worse than anyone else’s design, but aesthetics wont count for anything either way. I’m sure they’d rather have an ugly midfielder than a pretty backmarker, and if it delivers the goods performance wise, then people will soon forget what it looks like.

    In fact, I have a feeling a lot of the other noses we’ve seen so far are more like placeholders and there are lots more unusual designs waiting to be rolled out through the year. This is the first test and nothing more than a shakedown, so there will be little or no aero work going on. Same with the mega sidepods – start conservative with a chunky sidepod, see how the cooling looks and then incrementally develop the parts through the rest of pre-season testing. If your car is the only one that doesn’t blow up, because you’ve got massive sidepods with lots of cooling, then you’ve made the right choice. I’m certainly not stupid enough to sit here and scoff at the size of the sidepods, as if the people at Caterham suddenly forgot about undercutting and airflow, rather than made a pragmatic decision about the best way to design a car around totally untested technology.

    1. Well said, and bet your bottom dollar if it works, and the cooling is man enough it could be, just could be a contender for midfield.

  11. I think they stole this design from a child with some crayons who scribbled on a dinner placemat.

  12. Not hard to see who is going be at the back of the grid? Horrific!!!

    1. Not necessarily.

  13. And I thought the Renault R29 couldn’t be beat on terms of ugliness.

  14. Hideous. Who signed this design off? Possibly the ugliest F1 car ever, and there’s been quite a few down the years to choose from. Let’s just hope it doesnt turn out to be this years ‘Brawn’ and everybody copies it.

  15. So it isn’t pretty, but it’s very interesting nonetheless. If I remember correctly, Caterham were the first ones to pass the mandatory crash test, which starts making sense now: they weren’t sure if this nose cone design would pass the test or if they would have to start from scratch.

    Anyway, the nose is very narrow, so the obstruction to the airflow passing underneath the nose is relatively small I’d imagine. And aside from that, it’s nice to see them try pullrod front suspension.

  16. Massive Lol. I really bursted into laughter wen the image popped up! Talk about airflow underneath the body.

  17. So they’ve gone for a proboscis and a step in the nose. Obviously one odd looking feature isn’t enough for them. Though I suppose if it gets plenty of airflow underneath the car, then it could be a significant advantage.

  18. Front crash with lotus will be shown after 10pm ;)

  19. Chris Brighton
    28th January 2014, 17:22

    That is hidious. Worst car out of them all by a long shot.

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