January 31, 2011
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The Lotus T128
Lotus have shown off their 2011 car: The T128. Originally intended to be named the TL11, it was changed after the recent disputed with Renault/Group Lotus regarding who owns the Lotus name.
This car features extremely thin sidepods, as well as the split airbox design that Mercedes introduced last year. While the 2011 regulations were changed to avoid such a design, Lotus appear to have found a way around this. The nosecone has also been lowered at the very front.
The gearbox this year will be supplied by Red Bull, after several problems last year. Also, engine power has switched from Cosworth to Renault.
Also, the team have stated that they will not be using KERS at the start of the season. Keith Saunt, chief operating officer, explained:
"If KERS was going to get us from eighth to sixth then we’d have it. But
when you look at the weight of it and some of the engineering challenges, I
think it’s a good decision not to start with it. We might end up with it,
Livery-wise, the car remains the same, apart from a yellow addition onto the back of the engine cover.