Blackout wrote:Where did Lotus's depts come from ?
IMO, If you look at Lotus's 2012 and 2013 seasons , you should notice there is a big contrast between what Lotus did at the factory and what Lotus did on the track regarding developpment.
At Enstone, they must have spent a lot of money in order to renovate and upgrade the factory and prepare 2014.
- installed a test bench for the gearboxes
- updated and upgrded the supercomputer
- replaced most of their 3-axis machines with modern 5-axis machines
- installed a modern simulator
- renovated the composites department
- started the 2014 program very early
However, if we look closely at their development campaign in 2013, you'll find out that they have tried to be as economic as possible;
They kept the same chassis/monocoque design between 2012 and 2013 and they never did such thing befor AFAIR (Even between 2006 and 2007 were the regulations remained relatively unchainged, they produced a completely different monocoque) and only Williams and the two smallest teams did the same this year.
- They have clearly established a strict and limited development program. They didnt copy any other car AFAIR while all the other big/medium teams are copiying each other. There is plenty of fancy technical solutions that you can find on all the other cars but not on the E21...
- They did other savings regarding Raikkonen's salary and Grosejan's car :p
Their biggest 2013 developments; the DRD and the long wheelbase are long term investments. The DRD will remain legal in 2014 AFAIK and thanks to the long wheelbase, they killed three birds with one stone:
- they tested the simulator
- They prepared in 2014 as cars will probably have a longer wheelbase
- they have improved the E21
They didn't upgrade their car much, but on the other hand it was often the second fastest on track, only to be outpaced by Red Bull's machinery. And by second best I mean lapping half a second faster than the 3rd fastest.
Lotus shows that F1 is more than winning and good on track results, for a team performing this welll it's a shame they have these difficulties.
(P.S. It's deBt