The new Lotus T127
The Lotus T127 has been launched in London today.
As I reported a few days ago, the team are to use the same livery that they used in the 1950’s and 1960’s. This is green, with yellow stripes.
The last time Lotus raced in Formula 1 was in 1994. The team is now owned by Air Asia chief executive officer Tony Fernandes.
At the launch, Fernandes said:
“Words cannot express how I feel today. It is an amazing job to get an F1 licence, have five people in Hingham and turn up today with this car.”
“I was thrilled when Clive [Chapman] said that this was just like te beginning of Lotus back in the early days.”
Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen are to be the team’s drivers for 2010. They will join the other teams in Jerez testing next week. The car has already been shaken down, in Silverstone last week. The engne firing-up was completed a few days beforehand.
Clearly, the Lotus name puts a lot of pressure on Fernandes. Speaking at the launch, he said:
“We know we have a huge burden on our shoulers, standing on the shoulder of giants – Clark, Moss, Hill, and Mansell. We know we have a tremendous journey in front of us, we are honoured and cherished to be a part of history – we will leave no stone unturned in our efforts and we will do our best to return Lotus to its glory days.”
The livery looks great, as it really suits the car design. There are parts of the car that appear very well designed, like the hugely complicated front wing and endplate sections. The mid-section of the car looks good also. However, I’m slightly concerned at the simplicity of the rear wing and nose cone. The rear wing is incredibly plain and boxy, with no endplate add-on at the sides. The nose cone, while slightly similar to others in places, does not incorporate Red Bull’s horned nose design.
Having said that, the design doesn’t look bad, so I’m looking forward to their efforts in 2010.
Pictures from the launch: