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Video: Lotus chase 2 second gain from new Barcelona package
Video: Lotus chase 2 second gain from new Barcelona package
Posted By: James Allen  |  05 May 2010   |  7:36 pm GMT  |  47 comments

Among the teams bringing updates to Barcelona the ones likely to make the biggest gain are the new teams – because they are coming from the furthest back.

In the case of Lotus their entry for 2010 was only accepted in September last year and they had one month to finalise the design before going into production, in order to make the pre-season tests.

They put out a fairly conservative car for the opening races, always aiming at a major upgrade package for Barcelona. And technical director Mike Gascoyne says that a gain of around 1.5 to 2 seconds per lap is what the simulations predict for their new package. This should mean that if they are able to get ahead of any of the established cars in the race they will be able to race them, rather than be repassed straight away.

Central to the new package is a sleek new front wing and in this video, which I shot last week at Lotus HQ in Norfolk, Gascoyne explains the process of designing, modelling and then building such this important new part.

He even gives JA on F1 readers a special talk-through of the new wing as it sits in the jig waiting to be bonded.

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Another just outstanding update James. Best blog in the universe. Thank you! Cheers


Great video again. Also emphasises actually how well planned the Lotus team actually is with the whole development and organisation of everything.

The “new” Lotus team are doing a great job and best of luck to them in the Spanish GP.


Great video thanks James, keep them coming!!

Fair do’s to Gascoyne and Lotus too, top bloke.


Excellent piece James.

Is there any input from Hethel at all? Seeing as it’s just a few miles up the road.

Any chance of you doing a series of these which can be edited together to form a season review as an ITV prog or a DVD for us.


Great video, it would be great to see Lotus close the gap to the midfield and possibly challenge for a couple of points later in the season.


I am definatlty supporting team lotus! I like the whole ethos around the team.


Well done to everyone involved. Enjoyable and very clear – excellent communication all round.

But will that new front wing reduce the wake for following cars as well, and make the Lotus easier to overtake?


They should have found those 2 seconds before the season start!


Great stuff !

I love having the new teams in with a refreshing attitude to the media and hence us information hungry fans.


I was really unsure about these guys taking the lotus name but ive really warmed to them now. Plucky little brits!


Really appreciate the work James. Insightful and interesting video. This site is an excellent resource on F1 as the season goes on.


It is just really great how open the Lotus team has been up till now. I mean, they use all kinds of media to inform followers and fans. They may be not the fastest team, but they sure understand how to treat the fans.

I just hope that they will continue these kind of infosessions once they will be knocking on the door for points, podiums and even wins.


Excellent stuff James, I really like getting extra little insights into the sport I love like this.

Keep it up and look forward to more!


James, well done to you and Lotus for really giving us an insight into how F1 teams tick.
It certainly does make me warm to Mike rather just read reports about him being a tyrant in the past.


Great video James, many many thanks! I hope to see more of these throughout the season. Clever thinking!!


excellent video.

more please.


Excellent video. It really is refreshing to see how honest and open Lotus have been in their interviews. I hope it won’t be too much longer before they’re competing with the Toros.

Does anyone know if they had enough time to upgrade both cars for this weekend?

And do people have a feeling about how much speed they’re losing because of the Cosworth engine? I know we’ve got the Williams as a high water mark, but they look to be having design problems of their own at the moment so it’s still not obvious how much potential is there.


Simple and clear information on video. Nice one James. Looks like there’ll be more coming for sure.

David Turnedge

Fantastic! Just goes to show (albeit Lotus is a small team) behind the scenes it’s the team building racing cars in a shed… fantastic behind the scenes stuff… especially considering the lack of detail we see behind the scenes in somewhere like Australia.


this should’ve been USF1.. sad sad sob


Once again, fantastic insight from the Lotus Team. In between Mike Gascoyne’s twitter, the team twitter and features like these, Lotus are certainly gaining fans fast!

Agree with Andy C that Mike seems happier with more freedom; Heikki seems to be enjoying himself too! It’s refreshing to see such smiles on the grid


lotus will win races in 2012.


Really great stuff James. More of this through the season please.


That’s a much nicer looking front wing. Very Mclaren-esque.

Thanks for the insightful vid James and I’ll second Andy Young’s comments above about missing you on the Telly.


Fantastic video again James- it’s great to see you in action on screen.

Another great insight into the world of Formula 1!

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