matt_s wrote:What are they doing with the bodywork at the back? The cooling exits are pointing right out along the inside of the endplates.
I very much doubt it's just to direct air over the body work, I'm more inclined into thinking that they are trying to blow some hot air through cooling outlets and direct it.
I speculated for some time, that teams try to move some extra air through those long cooling outlets. And while others try to direct them over the diffuser, Lotus seem to be directing it higher. They could even be using air from those extra airboxes. It's certainly peculiar that they retained them going with different engine manufacturer. An interesting point is also, that Mclaren with MP-29 had a weird high cooling outlets last year. It was right over that mushroom suspension, and now without mushrooms, they are lower over the diffuser, as with the rest of the field.