Lotus says nose will be difficult to copy
24 February 2014 – Lotus believes that it will be difficult for rival teams to copy its striking twin tusk nose solution, which performed to expectations during its first official outing at the Bahrain International Circuit last week.
The design, first revealed in the form of a digital rendered image late last month, has turned heads throughout the pit lane, with the sport's remaining ten teams opting for a 'dolphin' or 'anteater' approach.
And Lotus Technical Director Nick Chester says it would take a lot of effort for it to be successfully copied.
"Some teams have had the luck to have visibility [of the E22] quite early and I thought one or two teams might have tried it or maybe developed it," said Chester.
"I think one of the things that's difficult with that nose is that it's quite hard to structurally develop it and crash test it. It might be that they were already on a path where it was too late to develop that kind of nose.
"Obviously it's a very different structure to a standard nose and it took quite a lot of iteration to get it to a point where we were happy and it got through the crash test."
Moving on to discuss the performance of the concept, Chester commented: "From the aero numbers we are getting back from the car it does seem to be performing.
"I'm not going to give a number on how much better we thought it was than a standard low nose, but we did see what we thought was a significant benefit, which is why we chased it."