Lopez: If we get the wind tunnel numbers on track as well, the E22 will go like hell

Romain Grosjean and Gerard Lopez share a laugh during Bahrain testing

Romain Grosjean and Gerard Lopez share a laugh during Bahrain testing

Self appointed acting Team Principal Gerard Lopez expects Lotus to be fully competitive in 2014, with their all new eye catching Lotus E22.

Amid reports of financial strife, the Enstone team sat out the opening Jerez test, and when the E22 finally made its public debut in Bahrain on Wednesday, it clocked the slowest time, and a mere 8 laps.

Team owner Lopez, however – acting as team boss while the McLaren-departed Eric Boullier’s successor is found – said that Lotus was right to have voluntarily skipped Jerez.

“I predicted that there would not be much to learn because of technical problems, so we saved a lot of money by staying home,” he told Auto Motor und Sport.

Romain Grosjean Lotus E22

Romain Grosjean Lotus E22

The E22 then seemed to have a promising rollout at Jerez in the week after the official test, but in Bahrain on Wednesday Lotus struck Renault Power Unit trouble.

Nonetheless, Lopez is confident, dishing out high praise for the E22’s designers, who have penned a car not only with a two-pronged nose, but an unusual asymmetrical solution for the exhaust and rear wing support.

“We have a super car,” he said. “The boys cannot believe the wind tunnel numbers. If we get those numbers on the track as well, the thing will go like hell.

“I can only hope we don’t end up with three Championships based on [engine suppliers] Mercedes and Ferrari and Renault,” said Lopez. (GMM)

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  • Tamburello1994

    A comprehensive breakdown of this car would be nice.

  • karlich

    Scarborough did a tech analysis on the E22. Expect it to become available on his free web outlet as soon as it made enough money on the pay to read site 😀

    The lowdown is, that besides the double tusk front, the E22’s rear runs an asymmetrical layout with an off center exhaust and central wing support. They’re also running some sleek cooling vents towards the rear. Oh, and apparently the double tusk nose is a twin structural part.

    Hope GP247 can soon fill us in on more details and also what Ferrari have been hiding all day today (they keep covering up the rear as soon as the car gets in) … have Ferrari been taking a peek at McLaren and don’t want others to know yet? 😀

  • =El Presidente=

    if i get the numbers of the lotto, im a miljonair.. what a worthless statement..

  • Dr. Azlan

    The nose is costing them tenths.

  • Nowhereman

    If my aunt had balls, she’d be my uncle…

  • farizY

    Nope, totally different, lotto is random, based on luck, while wind tunnel tests are carefully calculated and engineered.