The first F1 car bearing the Lotus name for the past 16 years was launched in a lavish London ceremony, with drivers Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen doing the honours.
The revival of the famous marque is being backed by Air Asia boss Tony Fernandes, and the launch of the T127 occurred in front of a large crowd at the Royal Agricultural Hall. Notable guests included Sir Frank Williams, Sir Stirling Moss and Nigel Mansell.
The team has decided to use the traditional green and yellow livery that was synonymous with the early years of Lotus under the helm of the late Colin Chapman.
The T127 – designed by Mike Gascoyne – has been produced within 5 months of the team’s 2010 entry being confirmed.
Given the limited timeframe in which the team has had to design and build the car, Gascoyne has previously said that his main priority has been to develop a machine that was above all solid from an engineering perspective.
Naturally, the T127 therefore looks a relatively conventional design, with the now common high nose not as swooping as some of those seen on several of the cars developed by the more established F1 teams.
The team’s drivers pose with the T127
Fernandes holds high hopes
About 500 guests packed the venue
Team boss Tony Fernandes was particularly proud of the efforts of his team: “I am extremely proud to be here today and to be able to show the world the fruits of the team’s hard work over the last five months," he said of the team, whose headcount has grown from just 4 staff to 120.
"It’s humbling for me to see how a team that didn’t even exist [five months ago] is now a thriving workforce, full of enthusiasm and passion for Lotus Racing and the challenges ahead and capable of producing such a beautiful machine in such a short time.
“Now we’ve achieved two major milestones; confirming our entry and unveiling our car, but now the real work starts."
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