2012 Lotus E20 has front suspension problems?

25 February, 2012

Lotus E20 brake and suspension detail. Formula One Testing, Day 2, Jerez, Spain, Wednesday 8 February 2012.

Lotus E20

Feb.25 (GMM) The problem with Lotus’ 2012 chassis is the front suspension mountings, Auto Motor und Sport has revealed.

The former Renault team pulled out of this week’s Barcelona test when the flaw with its E20 design was discovered, but officials have kept quiet about the details.

Kimi Raikkonen, who was never able to drive the car at the demanding Circuit de Catalunya this week, reportedly suspected there was an issue recently at Jerez, when he reported to engineers an odd feeling relating to the steering.

“It transpires that the problem area is where the front suspension is attached,” said the German report.

Auto Motor und Sport said Lotus last year recruited a carbon fibre specialist from Red Bull, who may have set an  overly ambitious target in terms ofof reducing the new car’s weight.

Lotus did not confirm the report.

“The good news,” said journalist Michael Schmidt, “is that the E20 will be operational to re-start testing next week on time.”


  • christopher phillip skeates

    down force should be banned forever and all cars should be aerodynamicaly nuetral and the only thing you should be allowed to do is reduce drag and both the front and back wheels should be the same size and mandatory size so we are looking at drivers skill to balance the car through the corners and not relying on technology …skeatesy.com

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