Lotus has broken the seal on the 2013 Formula One season, launching the E21 car at its factory in Enstone. With the regulations this year quite similar to those of last year, there are no dramatic changes in form compared to the E20. After some teams lobbied to be able to cover the stepped nose with a "vanity panel," Lotus retained the configuration, the team's technical director saying that the panel would add more weight and didn't make sense to put on the car unless it also added performance.

Beyond that, the E21 is said to be an comprehensive advance in its details – the suspension gets a new layout, the Coanda exhaust and the passive double DRS system are evolutions from last year, the front wing is "a continuation of concepts" from 2009.

After securing fourth in the Constructor's Championship last year, this is the chassis that drivers Kimi Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean will use to try and move the team up a place, which would mean beating one of the big three teams over the course of the season. The quietly and impressively consistent Räikkönen managed third in the Driver's Championship, and we're sure he wouldn't mind a move up in the standings, either.

You can watch a replay of the reveal on Sky Sports in the video below – it commences at 43:10, and there's a sound bite of the car starting up just below that. Other unveilings this week will be two of those big teams Lotus wants to conquer, McLaren on Thursday and Ferrari on Friday.






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      ROLO
      • 1 Year Ago
      i want one.
      360_AD
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like they are sticking with the coanda exhaust; not that F1 show cars mean anything.
      earthwateruser
      • 1 Year Ago
      IMHO, F-1 cars look stupid with that nose. Yes, I know the rules allow it, competition requires it, and it probably works better than anything else. But the cars look dumb. I'm certainly not going to buy one as long as they have that ugly nose.
      zanarditypes
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like crap with the yellow tire sidewalls. They should have used the tire compound with white lettering for the launch.
        360_AD
        • 1 Year Ago
        @zanarditypes
        Um it's a race car? it doesn't need to be pretty to you.
          ROLO
          • 1 Year Ago
          @360_AD
          he'd prolly lower it and put spinners on it.
        Jason
        • 1 Year Ago
        @zanarditypes
        I suspect they are at the mercy of Pirelli\'s demands, and the default color for their logo is yellow.
      Al Gs 911
      • 1 Year Ago
      Crud! Yet another year of the stepped nose jobs on F1 cars. Sure, this is the first launch, but this sucks! The cars need to at least look nice, which they don't with that nose job! FYI, Lotus is not Lotus, it's the F1 team Lotus that... Oh, never mind.
      Carbon Fibre
      • 1 Year Ago
      43:05 Waste of space
      Alessio
      • 1 Year Ago
      IT should be GREEN as the very first one ! ! !..... at least for the memories of Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Jochen Rindt, Mike Spence, Bobby Marshman.......
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Alessio
        Its not a Lotus or even affiliated with them. Why should it be green?
      Diz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like an F1 Zamboni.
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