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Lotus launches T127

Lotus reveals its 2010 F1 machine – the T127 – during a launch in London
Lotus has become the second of the new F1 teams to launch its 2010 challenger after taking the wraps off its car at a launch in London.

The car, named the T127, will run in a striking green and yellow livery similar to those seen on Lotus machines in years gone by and was launched less than six months after the team was granted an entry onto the grid for the 2010 season.

Powered by a Cosworth engine, the T127 will be driven by experienced F1 racers Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen this season with Fairuz Fauzy – who completed a private shakedown of the car at Silverstone earlier this week – acting as a reserve.

“I am extremely proud to be here today and to be able to show the world the fruits of the team's hard work over the last five months,” team boss Tony Fernandes said. “It's humbling for me and my fellow shareholders, Kamarudin Meranun and SM Nasarudin to see how a team that five months ago didn't even exist is now a thriving workforce, full of enthusiasm and passion for Lotus Racing and the challenges ahead and capable of producing such a beautiful machine in such a short time.

“Now we've achieved two major milestones; confirming our entry and unveiling our car, but now the real work starts. Next we move on to testing and the season ahead and I'm confident that the team will exceed expectations wherever we go, and will do so on a wave of support around the world that has been growing daily since we first unleashed Lotus Racing back in September '09.”

Technical director Mike Gascoyne admitted it had been a difficult challenge to get the new car ready for the 2010 season but insisted that the team was ready for the year ahead.

“The last few months have been some of the most challenging of my career, but it's been a challenge the whole team and I have thrived on since we first started work on the car up in Norfolk,” he said. “I'm delighted that we've reached this point, and now we have a beautiful car that gives us a great base to work from for the season ahead and a fighting chance of going racing in the right way, with a winning mentality.

“The hard part starts now, and I know everyone in the team and I are up for whatever lies ahead.”

The T127 will head to Jerez for its first test proper next week.

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sokudo - Unregistered

February 12, 2010 7:22 PM

i must say that i'm surprised that everytime lotus is mentioned a lot of people start saying, they stole the name, they don't deserve to use it, yet if they were the ones bringing the name back, it would be a stand-up tribute to one of the greatest names in f1. sure, this team has other agendas other than bringing the lotus name back but like everyone, i'm sure that they wanted the name back and are proud to work under the lotus name. regarding the colour scheme, i really like it. personally, i like the way they've painted the wheels although the 'forward-thinking' should be used on the car. :p

Si23 - Unregistered

February 12, 2010 7:09 PM

I think that is a beauty of an F1 car, it is amazing to see the classic Jim Clark type 49 Lotus colours back in F1 ! ! ! I see that a few people have declared the car "a bit simple looking" - have you paid attention to the bits that generate the downforce / effect the handling & performance of the car the most ? ? ? ie the Front Wing and Diffuser ? From what I can see the Front wing is one of the most highly developed of any team (established order included) and absolute light years ahead of the example that fell off of the Virgin car yesterday - compare the snow plough on the front of the Virgin to the Lotus if you dont believe me :-) I bet that destroys the Virgin next week :-)

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