Lotus F1 team only to introduce twin-tusk nose concept for 2014 Formula One season, and its proved to be an advantage on track, the technical director Nick Chester revealed. Enstone based F1 squad is the only team adopted unique concept which has two nose for 2014 F1.
Top title challengers Mercedes and Ferrari adopted lower ‘vacuum’ nose. Defending world champions Red Bull implemented new lower nose concept. Sauber, Williams and Toro Rosso the main rivals to compete with ‘anteater’ concept nose.
“From the aero numbers we are getting back from the car, it does seem to be performing,” Chester told Autosport.
“I’m not going to give you a number on how much better we think it is than a standard low nose, but we did see what we thought was a significant benefit, which is why we chased it. “
Chester also shocked surprised no-one else opted to pursue the concept and particularly as staff exit meant that other teams were conscious of the idea.
“The one thing that is difficult with the nose is that it is quite hard to structurally develop and crash test it,” he explained.
“Obviously, it is a different structure to a standard nose and it did take quite a lot of iterations to get it to a point where we were happy and it went through the crash test.”