Sunday, February 14, 2010

Lotus F1 Team 2010 Race Car Comes to Bloom

Photo Credit: Lotus Racing

On the strongest footing of the four new Formula 1 teams entering the 2010 season, Lotus Racing has reason for being more serious in their every move building the race team. After all, Lotus Racing will be living up to the spirit of the historic Team Lotus which won 7 constructor championships and propelled 5 drivers to a combined 6 world driving championships. Based in Norfolk, England the new Lotus Racing Formula 1 team also sports strong connections to Malaysia thanks to car maker Proton rescuing the English sports car company in 1996. Having replenished the street car business, the return of Lotus to the major league of open wheel racing is the latest claim to their once world-beating greatness.

Determined to build a team which will not embarrass the sports car brand on their inaugural entry, the team's drivers announcement in mid December featured a veteran F1 cast of Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen.

Photo Credit: Lotus Racing

On Friday February 12th, Lotus Racing provided the first viewing of the vehicle and livery which they hope will contend favourably in the 2010 grand prix championship. Beaming in two-tone of green and a generous use of yellow, the Lotus T127 Cosworth blossomed amongst London’s Royal Horticultural Hall. Paying homage to its roots using a modern interpretation of the Team Lotus colours run within the early to mid 1960s, the car reflects all the essentials needed for a Formula 1 car in a slick, well-positioned design. Similar to the new teams entering the 2010 Formula 1 tour as well as the Williams F1 team, the Lotus Racing T127 engine bay adapted to the V8 Cosworth powerplant.

Photo Credit: Lotus Racing

Calling the Lotus T127 Cosworth "the fruits of the team’s hard work", Lotus Racing's Team Principal Tony Fernandes confesses at the vehicle's introduction the real work starts for the team.

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