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Lotus reveal their 2014 challenger – the E22 – with two-pronged nose
Posted By: Editor   |  24 Jan 2014   |  7:09 pm GMT  |  99 comments

Lotus have revealed images of their 2014 challenger – the E22 – just hours after announcing the Gerard Lopez would replace Eric Boullier  as team principal.

The Enstone-based team had a strong season last year, winning the first race with Kimi Raikkonen and going on to finish fourth in the constructors’ championship.

They have also struggled financially, with Lopez saying the team had over $100m of debts while several people have left the team.

However, Romain Grosjean and new team-mate Pastor Maldonado will b hoping they can challenge for race wins and the championship in the striking E22.

While McLaren and Williams have chosen a single, narrow “proboscis” nose, Lotus have gone for a two-pronged solution which has a gap to allow airflow through.

The livery is similar, with black, gold and red the predominant colours while there is the clear addition of sponsor PDVSA, which is the Venezuelan oil company who were brought to the team by Maldonado.

Grosjean and Maldonado will have to wait to get behind the wheel of the car, though, as the team have decided to skip the first pre-season test in Jerez, which starts on Tuesday, so they can have more time to work on it.

Instead, they are planning on make their debut at the second test which takes place in Bahrain next month.

Ferrari are set to launch their car online on Saturday, with Sauber following suit on Sunday.

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This is the ugliest so far! My god!


Have you seen the McLaren? or the Ferrari? talk about ugly.


I read somewhere Lotus kept the sam downforce levels of 2013. Not sure where.. And THIS nose is why they didn’t pass the crash test.. Maybe they will pull a Brawn in 2009.. Brawn GP only came at the second test.. Right?


I’ll be -very- interested if you can find a source.


No “total” sponsorship?? What is Grosjean’s future now that his manager is out of the team?


I noticed that (eventually). Columbia Records (Sony Media Entertainment) have disappeared as well, draw your own conclusions.

I don’t think that Grosjean’s drive much depends on either Boullier or his sponsors at this point, though. You really don’t think he’d find a drive on pure merit?


if Ron Dennis sees that asymmetrical nose it will flare up his OCD. But seriously does anyone else feel these might be dangerous if t boned into a competitors car?


Strangely, no indication of any signage for their new “partners” Saxo Bank.


most likely ‘saxo’ bunk’


The sponsor formally known as Quantum 😉


Bring back the 2012 step-nose!


I actually think more than one team may have thos solution – seems obvious to open the centre using walrus pylons, and its been done before


Mantle ray look, interesting compared to Williams. Look forward to the others and how different they will appear.


I like the spirit of the Lotus design. Can’t wait to see what the car actually looks like when it finally gets on track.


What may seem like Hijinx over at Lotus had actually been a pretty convincing display of the use of propaganda as a means to build support. I for one was very bored at this years McLaren launch. A Video of Sam Michael interspersed with hand drawings talking pretend Ronspeak. Dull!!! Combine with pictures of a car which actually displays a level of innovation not present in te McLaren launch an also discrediting your former leader who appears to be going to Woking and in the space of 3 or 4 tweets, you have shown your competition to be bland and predictable and also made yourselves look like a team not afraid to express itself on and off track.

On the subject of Boullier, he ha proven to be an excellent captain during tough times at Enstone and he will be a big loss. Compare his no nonsense approach with Whitmarshes more pragmatic view an you can see what the new McLaren is going to be about. No excuses anymore in Woking.


WOW!! Radical!!

I like that Side pod design. I know the nose looks odd but hey!! This car looks awesome from the side 🙂


Reminds me of the Williams from 2004. Much less appealing then the McLaren. I actually think the McLaren looks rather nice and aggressive!


I like it, I’d be surprised if Red Bull don’t go this route, and though it may not hold up, I like this tricksy interpretation of the rules. ( tusks of unequal lenghths to get around the single tip provision in the rules – the longer tusk being the tip).

It also looks much, much better than the other one that we’ve seen the front of.

Most importantly, however, this seems like an aerodynamic coup, so much better than the single “proboscis” … finger (maybe Seb would prefer it!) It makes me laugh however, this moniker, “proboscis”, because… ITS THE TRUTH, it looks just like that, like a fly licking up… what ever lick up.


I think it’s actually a great nose. One can plug McLaren’s nose into it…


Looking good! +1 to ‘the Fangs!’

unF1nnished business

Kinda reminds me of Williams’ Walrus-nose FW26 from 2004.


my thought exactly – if I recall correctly the “walrus” handled very badly & was only used for 3 or 4 races before getting replaced.

Hope Lotus have figured out what Williams could not.


Scalabroni says this one will be the same. He could well be right, although he seems awfully sure for someone with no access to any actual tunnel or CFD data. His point is it’ll be awful off axis – but AFAIK, they simulate that in the design process, so that should have been factored in…


Yes – I’ve had the same thought today! Williams were 10 years ahead of their time!

unF1nnished business

Yes, or maybe they’ve never designed around the rules right for the last 10 years.


With all this banter between McLaren & Lotus fans, it’s got to be said that of all the teams to ‘reveal’ their 2014 cars… only McLaren have shown us an actual car, as opposed to a computer generated image.

And for the record, yes I am a McLaren fan.


…and so far the McLaren is the worst looking of the bunch.


I have to say I think it looks pretty good, -except- from head on. Why they released that shot I can’t imagine. The grey paint job doesn’t help either – it looks awesome in the overhead shot with the Marlboro livery Photoshopped in.


I think the McLaren looks awful.

But it is good that we don’t all like the same thing.


The nose is a taser to aid in passing… one spark and bam! Car ahead disable for a few minutes.


Focused-beam EMP weapons aren’t actually -banned- in the regs, are they?


looked great, then I saw the asymmetrical nose, shame.


We need to see underneath the nose. Obviously this design is going to get airflow under the centre of the nose but how will it be controlled and will the pressure be lowered?

So Eric to Macca, not sure what the majority of fans will feel about a Frenchman in charge there, its always been very British!


Interesting design, but looks dangerous to me.

At some stage during the season a pit stop will go slightly wrong. Wouldn’t fancy my leg stuck in between those prongs if I were the man with the front jack…


Prefer that than to be skewered by the proboscis on the front of the Williams.


Looks like shark claspers. So in other words, it fits right in with the apparent genitalia themed noses so far. I’m now expecting Chuck Barris of the Gong Show to show up at one of these car launches and give all of Formula 1 the gong for the abominable looking new cars. Sheesh.


So, it says Renault on the side…

Engine deal announced?


Loving the fact that each of the cars have, so far, been very distinct from each other. As the regulations have tightened over the years there has been less opportunity to create visual distinction that the average guy like me can see without needing a technical briefing by an F1 engineer.

Are they all beautiful? Perhaps not, but they do have a lot of character and will be fun to talk about.

It will also be interesting to see whether any of these create enough of a performance difference that one concept becomes the one that teams eventually gravitate towards.

Fun all around:-)


“Loving the fact that each of the cars have, so far, been very distinct from each other.”

We’ll need to enjoy it while we can. For over the course of the next couple of years, if not by the end of this season, the engineers will most likely have figured out who’s really got things right and the cars will gradually gravitate towards a similar look.

But yes, I also really like the fact that the cars look different. I wonder how many other designs we’ll see over the next few days! 🙂


Lol… Only the cheeky buggers at Lotus could have launched their car at exactly the same time as Mclaren and thus stealing some of the MP4-29 moment, all this after Mclaren nicked their team principal >>> brilliant launch battle!!!!

No doubt, the working conditions at Lotus are so laid back and fun for I also recall the goodbye cartoon to Kimi last year.

Now, on the new Lotus car, it looks quite similar to the 2013 car, of course with the exception of that unique nose.

I don’t know if this is were the team miss Allison’s expertise because the new Lotus’ nose looks rather pointy and not elegant in design.

But the one thing that’s becoming clear is that different teams are interpreting this part of the car differently and we may have a situation were all the cars have different designs.

Anyway, the Grosjean/Maldonado partnership is another exciting prospect for the fans because we know both these fellas have incredible speed so we wait to see how their grid positions will affect the racing up front.

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