February 5, 2012 (F1plus Team).- One of the team to watch this upcoming season just revealed the car it hopes will push it back towards the front of the Formula 1 grid in 2012.
Lotus showed to the public the new E20 by breaking cover at the team's Enstone factory on Sunday. Launched by an all-new driver line-up - consisting of former World Champion Kimi Räikkönen and current GP2 title holder Romain Grosjean, the machine again sports the black and gold livery that was re-introduced to the sport 12 months ago.
The ugly ducking story might have a change since it would be –so far- three cars with such design. The E20 is the third car featuring the new 'broken nose'. Like the Caterham F1 design, the Lotus has a more gradual change towards the front of the car, as opposed to Ferrari's attempt, which features a very angular step.
The new car (E20) has been designed utilizing the team’s new 60% scale wind tunnel as well as its enhanced CFD facility, with both resources located on its headquarters.
This season, Lotus enters under a new name (It is basically Renault with new ownership) and has two new drivers on-board. Prior to this, the Oxfordshire-based outfit has taken four Drivers' and three Constructors' World Championships, along with 35 race victories. Both Räikkönen and Grosjean return to F1 after respective two-year absences, with the latter polishing his driving skills at GP2 where he became champion in 2011.
Former Virgin Racing man, Jérôme D’Ambrosio, will be the team’s test driver.
The car will have a short demonstration run at Jerez in the near future, prior to testing officially commencing on Tuesday, with Finland's Räikkönen behind the wheel.