Lotus says 'twin tusk' nose design is not against F1 rules

Lotus has quashed any talk that its radical 'twin tusk' Formula 1 nose design could be outlawed this year

Lotus says 'twin tusk' nose design is not against F1 rules

The Enstone-based outfit has caused a stir with its unique interpretation of the nose rules on its E22.

But amid speculation at Jerez that rivals could protest the design because it goes against the spirit of the regulations, Lotus made it clear on Tuesday that it had received full backing from the FIA.

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 focussed on our design and progression."

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AUTOSPORT has learned that the FIA is happy with the design of the Lotus nose, and has been approached by other teams who have enquired about going down that route.

Although no other team has adopted the twin tusk solution, Chester said that Lotus was satisfied with its choice, and would not be looking into a change of design.

"There appears to be some elegant solutions and others that certainly don't look as nice!" he said.

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"We're very happy with the direction we have taken and it will be very interesting to see how the cars perform once we get a proper chance to compare them on track."

Chester said that Lotus was on course to get its new car on track in time for the second pre-season test in Bahrain.

"The car's coming together pretty well now," he said. "The build is well advanced and we think we'll be in good shape for Bahrain come the next test."

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