Lotus happy to stand out with twin tusk nose
Lotus is confident it unique approach to the 2014 nose design is the right choice after unveiling the new Lotus E22 to the public this week in Bahrain.
The car is instantly recognisable by its nose, which features a two-pronged design that satisfies regulations stipulating a lower nose tip while forming the car's crash structure. The solution is unique among this year's crop of cars and in theory should direct airflow towards the front edge of the car's floor.
Comparing the E22's nose to its competitors, Lotus technical director Nick Chester is confident his team has gone in the right direction.
"The nose certainly is quite interesting! It has generated a lot of talk," he said. "We think it's a nice solution and it's quite innovative. Naturally, as with any interpretation of new regulations, we've talked with the FIA to ensure that they are happy with the design. It's nice to have something a little bit different and we're happy with our path having seen what everyone else is doing with their cars in this area."
The car has other distinctive features, such as an offset exhaust position and single, curved rear wing support. Despite missing the first test at Jerez to finish the car, Chester thinks the team's hard work over the winter will pay off.
"There are some nice solutions out there. Already Mercedes and Red Bull have interesting aspects to their cars, but looking at the E22 after seeing everyone else's interpretations, we're still very pleased with the direction we've taken and the hard work of everyone at Enstone really has created an elegant car. It's going to be very interesting to see all the cars running together and fascinating to watch the first races unfold."