Lotus gives glimpse of convention defying E22 with ‘walrus’ style nose 24 January, 2014 Lotus E22 graphic rendering Lotus has followed on from Force India and Williams by releasing a digitally rendered image of their 2014 car, the the E22, before it even turns a wheel. The Renault powered E22, which will miss Jerez next week and only run in the second pre-season test of the year in Bahrain, features a highly unusual split nose design which is a big departure from the ‘anteater’ style nose seen on other 2014 cars. The double pronged front wing assembly is reminiscent to the Williams ‘walrus’ style nosecone seen on the Williams FW26 in 2004. Lotus E22 The car will be driven by Romain Grosjean and, newcomer to the team, Pastor Maldonado. PDVSA, Maldonado’s backers, have prominent positions on the rear wing and on the side of the cockpit area, just behind the driver. Earlier on Friday, the team announced that Genii boss and Lotus co-chairman Gerard Lopez has become their new Team Principal following the departure of Eric Boullier. At the same time Lopez announced the advent of a new backer in the form of YotaPhone, a smart mobile phone producer, “We are proud to announce that we have concluded an agreement with YotaPhone and its shareholders. YotaPhone shareholders will become important partners to Genii and YotaPhone a sponsor to the Lotus F1 team this year.” YotaPhone branding appears on the E22’s front wing end plates. Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsLouts to test 2015 nose in AustinLotus to race with Mercedes power from 2015Maldonado gets ten place engine grid dropLotus to drop tusk nose for 2015Lotus set to ditch Renault for Mercedes powerMcLaren set to try Lotus-style double nose in SpainLotus looking to end ongoing troubles in China and SpainGrosjean says Renault reliability and performance are unacceptablePermane: Our car is faster in the corners than a Williams or McLarenLotus: The first couple of races will be difficult, by race three we will be in a much better position StevetheGreat Actually the Mclaren is more like the Williams Walrus tusk nose and this Loltus is more of a vagina-nose. Fitting, imo. Matthew Very fitting considering crashtor will be facing the wrong way a lot. Johnnyeight08 Strange that the nose is asymetrical, one of the “prongs” looks longer than the other. Very odd indeed. Shin It’s odd, but very smart! The longer prong is the actual asymmetrical crash structure. The other prong is more of a vanity panel. Unbelievable that the got this crash structure through the front crash test. They have an aero benefit if they’re the only team who thought of this haha Johny, I think the only foto lotus released is the one above that you see on every site. The other pic is just bad fotoshop I think. If it is asymetric the longer end will depend on the track layout and amount of left/right corners. UglyLotusNoseExpert The nose is in fact asymmetrical! The purpose being that regulations dictate that the main body of a nose must be singular and can’t be split into two. Having one prong longer than the other allows for the longer prong to be considered the main nose, with the other prong being a growth… I think it was extended after failing the crash test to bypass the rule. super seven hmmm… The name ‘Lotusk’ springs to mind RBC @haha and @Johnny. The nose sides are asymmetrical in order to get around the rules that say they can have only one nose. The shorter nose is part of the crash structure and not therefore technically the nose. So they found a loophole in the rules. the fan its getting uglier with every car release Nowhereman Lets see it run. I hold my beauty comments until I see performance. StevetheGreat Lol at the arm-chair geniuses. It’s assymetrical to suit the regs which call for a “single nose” so the longer one meets that purpose. Both also work as mounts for the wing as well as tuning vanes. Keep learning! Hawk Atleast I have now seen a beautiful car not the penis nose. Hope it’s as good on performance. o’ferrari @ Stevethegreatbigidiot You wouldn’t know if your bum was on fire. Bloody 12 years olds …. harry harris Is it true??????? where is he heading to? Johnnyeight08 @Rbc I just read that and it’s stuff like this that for me makes formula one interesting, is all of these different “interpretations” of the rules that either are strokes of genius or moments of madness. I’m secretly hoping for one team to find one monster interpretation that makes their car blow away the rest. Something similar to the Brawn double diffuser which made their car like 2 seconds faster straight out of the box. RBC @JohnnyEight08, I’m looking forward to F1 being a race between lawyers who interpret the rules, and the drivers sit in the garage waiting for the lawyers to decide who wins. NOT!