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Lotus E22 (2014 challenger)

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#851 Amz964

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Posted 05 September 2014 - 17:43

Only watched FP briefly and the Lotus looked probably the worst car on the grid they are running such a skinny rear wing to compensate for their terrible top speed and it really showed the car went off at practically every turn and even got outpaced by Jules Bianchi in the Marussia!! and not even very far ahead of the Caterham which is even worse in my view. Additionally it looked like every time the drivers touched the brakes it looked like it was a leap of faith whether it will slow down or not, they have probably one of the worst fly by wire braking system on the grid.


Gary Anderson also stated it was the worst racing car he has ever seen.

Edited by Amz964, 05 September 2014 - 17:46.


#852 Disgrace

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Posted 05 September 2014 - 17:53

The E22 is a seriously poor car. I know it was easy to put the blame on the Renault Power Units but that has largely been addressed. The concept was poor. It always amazes me when a designer produces a bad concept since this aspect of design is founded on his thought process validated by aero testing and CFD. Nick Chester is looking more and more like the next Nick Wirth rather than a future Rory Byrne.


It truly is a ghastly machine, but it's unique and it will probably be the future symbol to represent F1's Year of the Phallus.


The asymmetrical solutions all over the car probably keep Newey up at night, but it's myopic to think Chester is a dud. Ferrari's new saviour after all, James Allison, oversaw the FFE failure.

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Posted 06 September 2014 - 18:04

Again another bad performance from the E22 they were over 0.5 seconds from getting into the top 16 which is appalling and Kobayashi was only 0.030 of from Grosjean, their race pace is better but is still not good enough to fight with the Sauber so another torrid race in store for the enstone team.

#854 emmanuelrubi

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Posted 06 September 2014 - 18:26

They are going to probably keep fighting sauber in 2015.

#855 Wheels23

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Posted 06 September 2014 - 18:34



According to Romain Grosjean, Lotus is no longer developing the E22. Interestingly, Pastor Maldonado told me the exact opposite yesterday. According to him, it is only logical to try and improve the E22. "The regulations for 2015 will be more or less the same, so it'll be the same car. And everything we can improve on it will be to our benefit for 2015." Makes some sense, right?


Seems like Grosjean has just checked out. Maldonado seems to be the one still trying, if you know what I mean. 

#856 DutchQuicksilver

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Posted 06 September 2014 - 19:22

Kudos to Maldonado for keeping faith in the team. As for Grosjean, he should be happy he's had a good car for two years. If not for Total and Boullier, he wouldn't have been in that Lotus and nobody would talk about Grosjean anymore. He should be happy to have a seat.

#857 eREr

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Posted 06 September 2014 - 22:20

These are all just marketing bullshit to serve somehow the sponsors. The E22 is fundamentally a dog and the removal of FRIC system was the last nail in its coffin. All the team members know very well what they have and why they have it. If the design of E22 has fundamental flaws then it is better to turn all of the resources to the development of E23 and forget this year and the E22.


I'm still wondering how this car was able to qualify to P5 in Barcelona...


Maybe Gro has other options outside Lotus, that's why he can say more about the real situation instead of bullshit.

#858 Wheels23

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Posted 08 September 2014 - 03:43

Grosjean's race was pretty blah. Maldonado on a circuit that didn't suit them was 14th which is a lot better than I thought. 

#859 sportingcp

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Posted 08 September 2014 - 10:29

What a shocking season for Lotus, fighting with Marussia in the last GP.. I´d love to see that car being competitive again, but can´t see that happening unfortunately. They lost too many important people because of the financial issues. It´s a shame.