Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Bahrain, 2014

Lotus E22 hits the track in Bahrain

2014 F1 seasonPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Bahrain, 2014

Lotus have become the final team of 2014 to run their car in public as their new E22 chassis appeared on the first day of testing at Bahrain.

Romain Grosjean drove the unusual-looking car with its twin-pronged nose on its first laps as the second test began.

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39 comments on “Lotus E22 hits the track in Bahrain”

  1. It looks a bit of 70-80 kind of cool really. A lot better than all the appendixes on the front of many cars, this actually looks purposefull ,like Mercedes and Ferrari, well and Caterham, but that looks pretty crude.

  2. Wow! That looks terrible from this angle. And here I was thinking that I will hate the first-launched cars more and like the ones launched later. Now, I like the Mclaren and Ferrari than the Caterham and Lotus!!

  3. It looks odd, but it is great o have some variety on the grid for a change. Looking at those pictures form the first turbo era I was struck by just how different all the cars where, and not just from an aero point of view either, as all the engine manufacturers took different routes (I4, V6 and V8 turbos a few normally aspirated cars).

    It’s going to be great seeing which solution proves to be the most effective and then seeing all the other teams coming out with their own interpretations. Vive la difference and all that…

      1. I’ve looking, looking and relooking over and over to tell whether one actually is shorter than the other and it is, isn’t it?

        This lack of symmetry isn’t just giving me a headache, it’s also ugly. Not impressed.

        If I had to pick one nose length though, I’d go for the longer.

    1. The two-tusk nose:

      The one on the right side is exquisite, a piece of art, a master piece; the one on the left is atrocious, an abomination….:))))

      Let’s hope the asymmetry does not lead to the asymmetrical lift on the track….

  4. I just saw a shot of the back of it on the sky website live feed. the exhaust is asymmetrical too. I wish them well but I’m not supporting them like I was last year. With this year’s driver line up and Boulier gone, the most colourful part of the team is the PR dept.

  5. Why am I warming to this nose? I shouldn’t be warming to this nose. Maybe it’s seeing the hideous noses of Force India, Toro Rosso, and Caterham again.

    To be fair to Lotus, although their financial-state has been in question, they have a lot of sponsors on their car. Mind PDVSA may as well be title sponsors with the amount of logos they have on the car.

  6. I’m a long term Enstone fan, but I really really dislike this car. In the past I’ve liked them for thinking outside of the box, but this time I wish they’d climbed back in, at least with 1 leg…

    And after their “successful” filming day, 8 timed laps today is a little worrying. As much as I keep telling everybody that test times mean nothing, those 8 laps were woefully off the pace considering the apparent lack of reliability.

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