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Lotus Releases Pictures of its 2015 Hybrid Car

Having suffered a disastrous 2014 season, Lotus now has switched to Mercedes and just released pictures of its new Mercedes-powered E23 Hybrid car.


While the team still retains last year’s driver line-up of Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado, they believe that they have learned the lessons from the failure of last season. Lotus F1 team CEO Matthew Carter says with extreme confidence that the new E23 Hybrid car is much better than its predecessor and it is time for the team went back to the grid to win races.


Carter said: “Improvements within our Design, Aero and Simulation departments have all contributed to the development of a car which is a huge step forward.


“As a team we are confident that the new car, coupled with additions to the race team, will enable a huge leap forward and we are full of optimism going into the new season. It is time to put the disappointment of last season behind us and benefit from 12 months of hard work; we are ready to return to our rightful place at the pinnacle of the sport.”


Indeed, Lotus was once a race winner both in 2012 and 2013 seasons. However, during 2014 season, it reduced to struggling to score points and it also collapsed to eighth in the constructors’ championship.


Technical director Nick Chester said that the team has done much progress in wind tunnel, packaging and cooling.


He said: “The E23 Hybrid represents a massive step forward for us. It's no secret that we struggled with last year's car so we've targeted every area that caused us an issue.


“We've made strong progress in the wind tunnel as well as in areas such as packaging and cooling. We expect the E23 to perform far, far better than its predecessor.”


Also, Chester noted that the new power unit would bring the team the greatest performance gain.


He said: “In terms of what’s new, obviously a massive change for us is a new Power Unit supplier. We made this change as it looked and looks to be the one area of the car which could bring us the greatest performance gain.”


In addition to performance, Chester added that reliability, driveability, packaging and cooling would all improve, for they have paid more attention to making the car more adaptable to improvement.


Chester said: “It's not just performance, but reliability and driveability as well as packaging and cooling too. The E22 did deliver good figures in the wind tunnel, even if it was difficult to unlock its potential, so we've paid more attention to making the characteristics of the car more adaptable.”


What’s more, speaking of suspensions, Chester said that the E23’s suspension design is specific to the updated regulations.


He said: “In terms of the suspension, we were delivered something of a blow last year when the front-rear interconnected suspension was outlawed mid-season. The E23's suspension design is specific to the updated regulations so we're not trying to update a system originally intended to work a different way.


“We learnt a lot in many areas of the car over the course of 2014 so there are many lessons which have been applied. We know we've made a big step. We won't know how our car will fare in relative terms until we're out in action at a Grand Prix, but we certainly expect to be much more competitive than last year.”


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