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The new Lotus E23

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10801918_10204883556042248_6553476826850113286_n Today Lotus F1 team revealed the first pictures of the new E23 Hybrid. The E23 is a Mercedes- powered car, and it will tested by Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean, during the first pre-season test in Jerez 1-4 February. Lotus finished eighth in 2014 season, with 10 points in total. First comments made by Chief executive Matthew Carter “We are confident the new car will enable a huge leap forward”, he also mentioned that “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.”

e23_2015-launchcamera9Previous season was difficult for the team, because they suffered from serious financial troubles. Lotus managed to reduce the losses from £64m to £6m at the end of last season’s first half. As mentioned before, Lotus changed their engine supplier, from Renault’s engine they moved to last season’s F1 World

Champion Mercedes.  Aiming for a better season, and finish higher than 2014, this move may be  very wise for the team. Nick Chester, Lotus Technical director said that: “It’s no secret that we struggled with last year’s car so we’ve targeted every area that caused us an issue”

He also mentioned: “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. “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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