STR’s Key questions Lotus nose design

Toro Rosso technical director James Key has questioned whether the distinctive ‘twin-prong’ nose seen on the Lotus E22 is within the spirit what was intended by the rules.

However, he acknowledged that it appears to have been accepted as legal by the FIA.

“The Lotus nose needs clarification, but it’s a very clever idea,” he said. “The question really is, is it within the spirit? We’ll see. It’s really down to the FIA and Lotus to discuss that obviously. If they run it, then it’s passed the impact test, and they’re happy.”

Key admitted that STR had examined a similar concept: “We looked at it early on, when the car was quite a bit less mature than now, and in theory it was working well. But in reality we felt it had too many drawbacks, so we didn’t pursue that. We kind of understand where they’ve gone with it. It could be worth a revisit at some point when things have calmed down a bit.

“I don’t think it’s illegal, it’s just whether it’s in the spirit of the regs. Our interpretation of a similar idea was with a slightly different front of the nose, to the point where we were happy that it would be accepted within the spirit of the regs. I’m not saying the Lotus one isn’t, but it’s probably the most extreme out there.”

As we have seen in the past, the relevance of the ‘spirit of the rules’ is open to question…


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6 responses to “STR’s Key questions Lotus nose design

  1. chetan chohan

    Tell me it’s not just me who gets annoyed when ‘the spirit of the regulations’ comes up?! These guys are fighting for points, for wins… There is no spirit of the regulations and there hasn’t been for a long time. Thing’s like the double diffuser, F-Duct, flexible wings and floors (despite passing load tests) should be celebrated as engineering genius. This idea of Lotus is fantastic and it gives us another different looking car. Let’s enjoy seeing variety and enjoy seeing some engineering individuality because it’s something we have all wanted back in F1.

    • wasn’t it actually the double diffuser controversy that resulted in FIA issuing a decision that basically confirmed that there’s no “spirit” of the regs., like you say – only a strict legalistic interpretation: yes/no; pass/fail; legal/illegal?

      Or was it the F-duct?

  2. Brace

    I’m sure that dildo at the forehead of his own car is all in the spirit of the rules. There’s no doubt FIA wanted to have a huge phallus at the front of each car, instead of a nice low nose.

  3. My

    How bout its because it just looks cooler and different and that’s what lotus likes to do.

  4. Tony Dowe

    Please define the “spirit” of the regulations?

  5. Chad

    Spirit of the regs is irrelevant. Legal or not is all that counts.

    And even that may not count. Remember when a moving weight totally within the bodywork was declared an “aerodynamic device”?

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