Lotus has targeted “great things” in this year’s Formula 1 world championship with its new Lotus E21 design, which was unveiled at the team’s Oxfordshire base yesterday.
With few major changes to the F1 technical regulations over the winter months, the Renault-powered Lotus E21 is an evolution of last year’s successful E20, which Kimi Räikkönen drove to third place in the championship and victory in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
“Some parts of the new car are a ground-up redesign and in other areas we have further optimised the best bits of the philosophy we’ve adopted for several seasons,” said technical director James Allison.
“The front and rear suspension layouts are substantially revised to try and give us better aerodynamic opportunities. The front wing is a continuation of the concepts we have worked on since the 2009 rules were published. For the rear wing system, we’ve continued work on having a satisfactory level of rear downforce stability, whilst having a maximum DRS switching potential.”
One rule change concerns the ugly ‘duck-bill’ style noses that most teams adopted in 2012. The regulations now permit teams to fit a ‘vanity panel’ to smooth the shape of the front end, but Allison thinks most teams won’t use it.