Lotus plays down FIA engine map ruling
28 February 2013 – Lotus Technical Director James Allison has played down the importance of the engine map clarification made by governing body the FIA at last week's Barcelona test, with Renault being prevented from modifying its settings ahead of the 2013 season.
Lotus spent the final day of the test assessing an altered engine map, having been eager to further exploit the Coandă effect through improved exhaust blowing techniques. After requesting the FIA's viewpoint on the matter, Renault was informed that the settings must remain as they were at the beginning of the 2012 campaign, a clarification which had already been issued at last year's German Grand Prix.
Despite the furore, Allison is confident that the FIA's decision will not harm his outfit's on-track efforts this year, stating that the modified engine map 'did not work very well' during Romain Grosjean's time behind the wheel of the E21 chassis last Friday.
"We were experimenting in testing, on the last day of the last test, with an engine map and we explained to the FIA what we were doing," Allison said of the situation. "But having run it on the track we found it did not work very well anyway. We learned from the FIA that they were not so happy with what we proposed, so we are not doing it."
Renault, which manufactures its engines at Viry-Châtillon, currently supplies reigning World Champions Red Bull, the aforementioned Lotus plus Williams and Caterham.