The Caterham F1 team’s 2014 challenger, the CT05, finally broke cover in the closing hours of the opening day of pre-season testing at Jerez.
The team delayed launching the new car while it addressed a number of unspecified ‘packaging’ issues, and the green machine only broke cover shortly before 3:00pm local time.
That gave rookie driver Marcus Ericsson just a single lap of the Spanish circuit before it was hauled into the pits for further diagnostic checks, although the team is confident it can kick off a full programme on Wednesday.
Following the trend set by much of the field, the CT05 sports a ‘proboscis’ nose design, although its interpretation of the concept differs considerably from its rivals. The appendage is attached beneath a stepped upper nose element, producing tiny front wing pylons while channeling airflow below the nose section and into the undertray to produce more downforce. The car also uses pullrod front suspension.
The car’s design was headed up by its technical director, Mark Smith, who has overseen operations from the team’s new facility at Leafield. The CT05 design and development will also be aided by the use of Toyota’s 60% scale wind tunnel in Cologne.
“We believe CT05 is a good starting point for us to deal with the new regulations and their associated challenges, in particular in terms of reliability,” Caterham’s team principal Cyril Abiteboul said.
“We have a lot of very talented people at Leafield who have worked tirelessly to bring this car to life and everyone has played a part in helping us exceed all the targets we set. We obviously won’t know where we really are in relation to the other teams until the first race, but we believe we have answered the challenges presented by the new regulations as effectively as we can.”
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