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Lotus launch E20 for F1 2012 season

by Ravi Ved Posted on February 6, 2012 18:49 IST 318 Views

Lotus gets set to take on the 2012 Formula 1 season as they unveil their 2012 car E20

Lotus E20 for F1 2012


The rechristened Lotus team pulled the covers off its 2012 car in which Romain Grosjean and 2007 F1 drivers’ champion Kimi Raikkonen will be seen on the grid. The team that started as Toleman in 1981 later on became Benetton and then Renault finished fifth in the constructors’ championship last year, did not have a season in sync with what they would have fancied. But with the launch of the 2012 contender E20, the Lotus team intends to display a much better performance this year and aim for a fourth place finish to the end of the season.

Like all the other cars that have been launched so far, with the exclusion of the McLaren MP4-27, the E20 also features a stepped nose. The car also hosts a new exhaust positioning that has been specifically designed to do away with exhaust-blown diffusers.

“Depending on where you look, some parts of the new car are a ground-up redesign and in other areas we have further optimised the best bits of the design philosophy. As far as the exhausts are concerned, our forward exhausts would now be illegal under the new rules and didn’t live up to our expectations in any case. So that part of the car we say goodbye to and welcome in a complete re-design,” said James Allison, Technical Director.


Lotus E20 for F1 2012

Major changes have been made to the front and the rear suspensions to make the car more efficient in terms of aerodynamics.  The front wing is an enhancement in terms of design and layout from all their concepts since the 2009 rule changes, while the rear wing has been made keeping in mind the need for greater downforce stability but simultaneously ensuring maximum DRS switching potential.     

Lotus has had success in terms of championship victories but it was only in its previous iterations as Benetton and Renault with Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso respectively.

“If we finish in fifth place in the constructors’ championship we will be disappointed. If we finish fourth we can reflect over a good step forwards. If we finish in third position we will be very happy. We know the competition is intense, but that is why we compete,” said Gerard Lopez, Team Chairman.

Finishing just four points ahead of mid-field team Sahara Force India, the 2011 season was not in sync with what Lotus (then Renault) would have expected. But the 2012 season might just bring a surprise from the Lotus team especially with 2007 F1 champion Kimi Raikkonen and the 2011 GP2 Series champion Romain Grosjean in the cockpit.

The E20 will be seen on track tomorrow in the pre-season testing at Jerez.

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