Lotus to run radical brake system in 2012

Kevin Korjus (EST) Lotus Renault GP R31. Formula One Testing, Day Two, Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Wednesday 16 November 2011.

Kevin Korjus driving the Renault R31 during young driver test in Abu Dhabi

Jan.11 (GMM) Lotus could set the trend with the first major innovation of the 2012 Formula 1 season.

Giorgio Piolo – arguably F1’s most respected technical illustrator – has revealed that Lotus’ new car features a radical braking system.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the system is similar to the mass damper innovation pioneered by the Enstone based team (then Renault) some years ago.

The innovation was reportedly discovered during the young drivers’ test in Abu Dhabi.

The driver-operated system involves adjustments to improve aerodynamic performance through the ride-height.

Lotus’ drivers in 2011 are Kimi Raikkonen, the returning 2007 world champion, and reigning GP2 champion Romain Grosjean.