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2012 Lotus E20


Lotus F1 Team today unveiled its 2012 FIA Formula 1 World Championship challenger, the E20, on its website at 17:00 CET. Continuing wîth the evocative black and gold livery, the E20 heralds a new nomenclature to commemorate the twentieth chassis designed at the team's Enstone base through its Benetton, Renault F1 Team and Lotus Renault GP history.

E20 – new name, new concept
The E20 incorporates ground–up redesigns and optimization of previous Enstone design philosophies. Most notably, the forward facing exhausts of 2011's R31 have been abandoned, both through regulation and necessity. The E20 also features a 'step' on its nose, this layout also being the result of a regulation change.

The front and rear suspension layouts have been substantially revised in the quest for ever- better aerodynamic efficiency whilst the front wing is a continuation of concepts used by the team during recent seasons.

The E20 has been designed utilizing the team's new 60% scale wind tunnel as well as its enhanced CFD facility, wîth both resources located on site at Enstone.

Clear Progress
Rexona and CLEAR, two of the world's biggest personal care brands, are the latest partners to join the Lotus F1 Team. The brands, part of the Únilever portfolio, represent a perfect fit wîth the high levels of competition and performance associated wîth Formula 1 as a sport and more specifically wîth the Lotus F1 Team.

Vital Stats
Engine : 2.4 L., 8-cylinder
Power: 750 hp

7-speed Semi-Automatic
A proud history
This season will see the 500th Grand Prix contested by Lotus F1 Team, including those contested through its previous incarnations of Toleman, Benetton, Renault F1 Team and Lotus Renault GP.

Toleman Motorsport entered Formula 1 in 1981 and started 57 Grands Prix, until in 1986 the team was renamed as Benetton. In this guise 260 races were contested, until in 2002 the team became Renault F1 Team. As Renault F1 Team, 159 Grands Prix were started, wîth the team becoming Lotus Renault GP for 2011, contesting a further 19 events. The current total of Grands Prix stands at 495.

Driving forwards
Kimi Räikkönen, Romain Grosjean and Jérôme D'Ambrosio comprise a strong driver line-up which includes a world champion in Kimi, and two success-hungry hungry young guns in Romain and Jérôme. Kimi returns to Formula 1 eager to put the talents which have won him 18 Grands Prix and a World Championship to good effect in black and gold.

Source - Lotus

The E20 in numbers

The time taken in seconds for the gearbox of the E20 to change gear (drive is never lost during the gearshift).

How much faster in seconds the E20 goes each lap due to the reducing weight as the car burns fuel (not accounting for tyre degradation).

The time in seconds for the E20 to decelerate from 100 km/h to standstill.

The average time for the pit crew to change all four wheels and tyres at a pitstop.


How many seconds it takes for the E20 to reach 200 km/h from standstill.

The number of consecutive races each gearbox must survive before it can be changed without suffering a five-place grid penalty.

How many hours it takes for a complete rebuild of the car at the track wîth 12 mechanics (assuming sub-assembly is already complete). From scratch at the factory it would take 150 people seven days.

The number of seconds per lap that the KERS electric motor can be activated at full power.

The number of gears in the E20's gearbox.

The number of engines allocated to each driver in 2012.

The weight of a Pirelli front tyre in kilograms.

In psi, this is the average pressure for an F1 tyre.

The weight of a driver's head and helmet in kilograms during maximum braking of 4.5G (the same as a heavy suitcase).

The number of revolutions per second by a tyre when the E20 is travelling at 300 km/h.

The amount of water dispersed in litres per second by a wet Pirelli tyre travelling at 300 km/h.

The impact energy in kilojoules that must be withstood by the nose of the car when it is crash tested by the FIA. This is the same amount of energy as would be required to stop a 4 tonne elephant moving towards you at 25km/h.

The operating temperature in degrees Celsius of each Pirelli tyre.

Measured in decibels, this is how loud the RS27-2012 engine is at full revs.

The amount of braking energy in kilojoules that the KERS generator can place into the KERS battery in a single lap.

The temperature in degrees Celsius reached by the clutch during a race.

The minimum weight of the car in kilograms

The temperature in degrees Celsius of the exhaust gases when the car is on full throttle.

In degrees Celsius, this is the temperature a brake disc can reach during the race.

This is the total number of moving parts in each RS27-2012 V8 engine.

The number of gear changes the drivers have to make during an average Grand Prix.

The total number of parts that make up each RS27-2012 V8 engine.

The number of technical drawings produced by the time of the E20 car build (28% more than any previous car).

The number of aero parts tested annually in the wind tunnel.

The number of individual parts that make up each E20.

The amount of man hours that have gone into the design of the E20.

Source - Lotus


Kimi Räikkönen drove a strong race at Sepang to convert his tenth-place start into fifth place and ten points. It was a tough race wîth mixed weather conditions, made tougher by a gearbox change penalty that put the Finn five slots back on the grid from his impressive qualifying time.

On Saturday, Kimi set the fastest time in Q2 and the joint fourth fastest time in Q3, a 1:36.461 shared wîth Mark Webber. It highlighted the raw pace of the Lotus E20. Team-mate Romain Grosjean, meanwhile, delivered the seventh fastest time and was promoted to P6 on the grid due to Kimi's penalty.

Romain had a very strong start, bursting through the field and taking third at Turn 1. However, as rain fell and visibility was compromised, he had contact wîth Michael Schumacher and the two were sent spinning out. A few laps later, stuck out on intermediate tyres as the rain lashed down, Romain aquaplaned off into the gravel. His race was over.

Kimi fell to 13th after switching to extreme wets on Lap 5, just before the Safety Car came out and, finally, the race was red flagged. After nearly an hour sheltering under gazebos on the grid, the race was restarted.

On Lap 13, Kimi was back in for intermediates. With the track drying he made his third and final stop on Lap 40 having scythed his way back up the field to P6. On dry tarmac, Kimi set the fastest lap of the race and when Sebastian Vettel lost a rear tyre he was promoted to fifth place behind Mark Webber.

Kimi Räikkönen: 'It was my first time on wet weather Pirellis - I didn't know how they would react. I just tried to stay on the road and pushed as hard as I felt comfortable. When I changed to dry I could push much harder. The conditions changed a lot today so it was always a case of adapting and lòòking for grip. A fifth today is okay but we're always lòòking for better results.'

Romain Grosjean: 'It felt like the perfect start off the line. With KERS I managed to weave through the cars in front without touching anybody. Coming out of the first two corners I was up to third, which was an amazing feeling. In Turn 4 Mark Webber edged in front. Michael Schumacher tried to follow him through but there was not enough space and we touched, and both spun. From there things were really tough. The visibility was so poor. There was far too much water. I had a massive aquaplaning into Turn 5 and went backwards into the gravel.'

Source - Lotus
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2012 Formula One Season
Red Bull RacingRB8RB8 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Australia Mark Alan Webber 
Scuderia Ferrari MarlboroFerrari
Spain Fernando Alonso
Brazil Felipe Massa 
Vodafone McLaren MercedesMcLaren
United Kingdom Jenson Alexander Lyons Button
United Kingdom Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton 
Team LotusLotus
France Romain Grosjean
Finland Kimi-Matias Raikkonen 
Mercedes GP Petronas F1 TeamMercedes-Benz
Germany Nico Erik Rosberg
Germany Michael Schumacher 
Japan Kamui Kobayashi
Mexico Sergio Pérez Mendoza 
Force India Formula One TeamForce India
United Kingdom Paul di Resta
Germany Nicolas 'Nico' Hulkenberg 
10 Caterham F1 TeamCaterham
Finland Heikki Johannes Kovalainen
Italy Jarno Trulli 
 Scuderia Toro RossoScuderia Toro Rosso
Australia Daniel Ricciardo
France Jean-Eric Vergne 

2012 Season Review
RaceCircuitDateWinning DriverConstructor
 Australian Grand Prix  Albert ParkMar 2012  Jenson Alexander Lyons ButtonMcLaren 
 Malaysian Grand Prix  SepangMar 2012  Fernando AlonsoFerrari 
 Chinese Grand Prix Chinese Grand Prix ShanghaiApr 2012  Nico Erik RosbergMercedes-Benz 
 Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International CircuitApr 2012  Sebastian VettelRed Bull 
 Spanish Grand Prix Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de CatalunyaMay 2012  Pastor Rafael Maldonado MottaWilliams 
 Monaco Grand Prix Monaco Grand Prix MonacoMay 2012  Mark Alan WebberRed Bull 
 Canadian Grand Prix Canadian Grand Prix Circuit Gilles VilleneuveJun 2012  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMcLaren 
 European Grand Prix European Grand Prix ValenciaJun 2012  Fernando AlonsoFerrari 
 British Grand Prix British Grand Prix SilverstoneJul 2012  Mark Alan WebberRed Bull 
 German Grand Prix German Grand Prix HockenheimringJul 2012  Fernando AlonsoFerrari 
 Hungarian Grand Prix Hungarian Grand Prix HungaroringJul 2012  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMcLaren 
 Belgian Grand Prix  Spa-FrancorchampsSep 2012  Jenson Alexander Lyons ButtonMcLaren 
 Italian Grand Prix Italian Grand Prix MonzaSep 2012  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMcLaren 
Singapore Grand Prix Singapore Grand Prix Marina BaySep 2012  Sebastian VettelRed Bull 
 Japanese Grand Prix Japanese Grand Prix SuzukaOct 2012  Sebastian VettelRed Bull 
 Korean Grand Prix Korean Grand Prix Korean International CircuitOct 2012  Sebastian VettelRed Bull 
 Indian Grand Prix Indian Grand Prix Buddh International CircuitOct 2012  Sebastian VettelRed Bull 
 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas MarinaNov 2012  Kimi-Matias RaikkonenLotus 
 United States Grand Prix United States Grand Prix Circuit of the AmericasNov 2012  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMcLaren 
 Brazilian Grand Prix Brazilian Grand Prix Autódromo José Carlos Pace, InterlagosNov 2012  Jenson Alexander Lyons ButtonMcLaren 

Formula One World Drivers' Champions
1950 G. Farina
1951 J. Fangio
1952 A. Ascari
1953 A. Ascari
1954 J. Fangio
1955 J. Fangio
1956 J. Fangio
1957 J. Fangio
1958 M. Hawthorn
1959 S. Brabham
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1961 P. Hill, Jr
1962 N. Hill
1963 J. Clark, Jr.
1964 J. Surtees
1965 J. Clark, Jr.
1966 S. Brabham
1967 D. Hulme
1968 N. Hill
1969 S. Stewart
1970 K. Rindt
1971 S. Stewart
1972 E. Fittipaldi
1973 S. Stewart
1974 E. Fittipaldi
1975 A. Lauda
1976 J. Hunt
1977 A. Lauda
1978 M. Andretti
1979 J. Scheckter
1980 A. Jones
1981 N. Piquet
1982 K. Rosberg
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1984 A. Lauda
1985 A. Prost
1986 A. Prost
1987 N. Piquet
1988 A. Senna
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1992 N. Mansell
1993 A. Prost
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2000 M. Schumacher
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2002 M. Schumacher
2003 M. Schumacher
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2005 F. Alonso
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2007 K. Raikkonen
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2009 J. Button
2010 S. Vettel
2011 S. Vettel
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