February 13, 2010

F1 Pr0n: Lotus T127

British Racing Green is back in Formula 1 with the reveal of the new 2010 Lotus T127 on Friday!

Reportedly there are a lot of ex-Toyota people working for the Malaysian-based team, which could explain why the nose reminds me of Toyota's TF109.  Not the wing, but the vertical mounting and the nose cone itself.  One thing we haven't seen yet with this season's debuts are these sidepods.  The tops are dead flat on the Lotus, as opposed to swooping or curved; interesting look, this.

It does, eventually, slope away but you could have dinner on those tables.  No dorsal fin per se.  There might be a vestigal fin of a sort on the top of the air intake, which looks like it's angled upwards... that might just be an optical illusion. 

Pretty car.  One of the most complex front wings I've ever seen.  It's got huge intakes on the sidepods, or at least my perception is that they're large.  It's said that "if it looks right, it IS right," and if that's true, then the Lotus T127 is going to be a contender, because this is a pretty car. 

Somewhere, Jimmy Clark is smiling... and probably still winning races.

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That first picture seems like looking at a grin with a couple of teeth missing. It seems rather empty and open compared to a lot of the other cars you've posted about.

Is it because the front wing is smaller?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at February 13, 2010 01:20 PM (+rSRq)

2 Maybe it's the camera angle.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at February 13, 2010 01:21 PM (+rSRq)

3 It's the angle.  Most of the glamour shots from the front are taken from right about the height of the driver's eyes when he's in the cockpit, but there just weren't any for the Lotus from that p.o.v.  Believe me, I spent about an hour scouring my sources looking for one, but no soap.

There's something weird about this car and optical illusions anyway.  Right up until I was about to hit "post", I thought that the dorsal fin was not the usual razor-thickness, but that it was actually wide enough to contain an exhaust port.  Look at the fourth picture and maybe you'll see why I thought that! 

I had a lot of speculation as to what benefit that'd bring, and I came to the conclusion that it'd help downforce (much like a blown flap on an airplane creates lift) since it looks like it'd be exhausting right over the rear wing, but they'd then have to deal with the heat burning or melting the wing elements.  Then I realized what I REALLY was looking at, felt silly, and deleted the whole paragraph.

Posted by: Wonderduck at February 13, 2010 03:52 PM (G8/ak)

4 I really like the color scheme, even though paint isn't known to help win races.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at February 13, 2010 03:53 PM (+rSRq)

5 Way too many straight lines for a modern car.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at February 14, 2010 12:42 AM (/ppBw)

6 OT: There's a picture of Winry with a couple of ducks in this post.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at February 14, 2010 07:19 PM (+rSRq)

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