Lotus T127 Cosworth
Active: 17-02-2010 - 2010
Team: Caterham F1
Team: Riad Asmat (CEO), Mike Gascoyne (CTO), Tony Fernandes (TP)
Drivers: Jarno Trulli (18, Heikki Kovalainen (19), Fairuz Fauzy (test)
The Lotus T127 was launched to the world on 12th February 2010 at London's Royal Horticultural Hall. As the wraps went of in front of the 500 strong live audience, the car displayed its yellow and green livery, paying heed to some of motor racing's most iconic images.
5 days later, it made its track debut in the hands of Fairuz Fauzy at Jerez.
Tony Fernandes gave his thoughts on the astonishing achievement the Lotus Racing team has accomplished in launching the car just five short months since the team was granted its entry to the FIA Formula One World Championships, saying: “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. Now we’ve achieved two major milestones; confirming our entry and unveiling our car.”
Mike Gascoyne added his thoughts, saying “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. 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.”
Chassis construction: Monocoque construction fabricated from carbon epoxy and honeycomb composite structure
Transmission: Xtrac 1044 gearbox
Designation: Cosworth 2.4L V8, 90° V angle engine
Valve train: pneumatic
Fuel management and ignition systems: Cosworth
Engine materials: include block and pistons in aluminium, crankshaft in steel billet, connecting rods in titanium