Lotus gives glimpse of convention defying E22 with ‘walrus’ style nose

Lotus E22 graphic rendering

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

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.

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