Lotus has released images of its 2015 Mercedes-powered E23 Hybrid car, which it hopes will move the team back up the grid.
The Enstone-based team has switched engine supplier after a miserable 2014 season, when it scored just 10 points on its way to eighth in the constructors’ standings.
The team’s 2015 car features a standard nose design, unlike the twin-tusk nose which featured on its predecessor; a concept that is now outlawed under the new regulations.
“The E23 Hybrid represents a massive step forward for us,” said Lotus technical director Nick Chester. “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.
“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. It’s not just performance, but reliability and driveability as well as packaging and cooling too.
“We learnt a lot in many areas of the car over the course of 2014 so there are many lessons which have been applied,” he explained. “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.”
Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado have both been retained by Lotus, with GP2 champion Jolyon Palmer joining the team as reserve driver.
Lotus CEO Matthew Carter added: “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.”
This article first appeared on Richland F1 – Image courtesy of Lotus F1 Team