The new Caterham CT05 took to the track in Jerez on Tuesday in the hands of rookie Marcus Ericsson. Inevitably, the car’s unusual nose has already attracted a lot of comments.
As previously, the car uses a Renault powerplant and Red Bull gearbox.
Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson today revealed CT05, the Caterham F1 Team car the Japanese and Swedish drivers will be competing with in the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship.
As originally reported at Caterhamf1.com
The first car to be fully designed and built at Caterham’s Leafield Technical Centre, CT05 is the team’s answer to the all-new F1 regulations that have come into force in 2014. The car will race in Caterham’s new all-green 2014 livery and, for the fourth year in a row, will be powered by Renault Sport F1, using the new Renault Energy F1 engine mated to a Red Bull Technology gearbox.
The Red Bull RB10, perhaps the most eagerly awaited of the 2014 cars, was finally unveiled to the media on Tuesday morning in Jerez.
However, plans for the car to begin testing immediately were put on hold due to what team boss Christian Horner called a “setup” problem that had become apparent the previous evening, and which left Sebastian Vettel waiting for the car to be readied.
The car has what Adrian Newey terms a “keel nose,” and along with the Mercedes is one of the more attractive designs to be seen so far.
Lotus has countered speculation about the legality of its twin-pronged nose by insisting that it is legal.
Technical director Nick Chester said: “As you know, we have passed all the necessary crash tests and we are very confident that our design complies with all the FIA legal requirements. We have just taken an innovative direction, and one that’s different to the other teams. Where there are so many variations in design, there is always bound to be a little talk, but we remain relaxed and focused on our design and progression.”