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2012 Caterham F1 officially launched with special nose

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2012 Caterham F1 officially launched new CT01, new car, which is the first for the team under the Caterham name.

Caterham F1 yesterday reveal some copies of new car pics via official tweet.The team has released more images of the car today with the higher exhaust exits clearly visible at the rear of the car.

Caterham F1 Chief technical officer Mike Gascoigne said that the spotlight for the CT01 had been on aerodynamics and that the new regulations banning the exhaust-blown diffusers would help the team.

“As we’re the first car out it is obviously stirring up a lot of debate, but because of the 2012 regulations I think you’ll probably be seeing this type of nose on most of the cars this year,” said chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne. The regulations have changed to limit the height of the nosebox to try to ensure that noses don’t get too high. Our challenge is that you always want to get the chassis as high as possible to allow clean air flow to the underside of the car, and what you see on the CT01 is our solution to that.”

“Aerodynamics is always the main focus of performance and improvement. Last year it was all about the blown diffuser, which we struggled with because not having it in 2010 meant we were always playing catch up throughout the 2011 season in comparison to other teams. The fact it’s banned this year certainly plays to our advantage. Other teams had so much more development time, they were able to get much more out of it than we were ever able to, so that eliminates a little of the competition in terms of technical development.

“But really, aerodynamics is always one of the main features of development and that’s why we’ve put so much additional resource into it.”

“It’s no secret that we’ll have KERS on the car this year. Towards the end of last year it really started to affect us racing with the midfield cars,” the Rottweiler explained. It hurt us in qualifying and in our eventual race positions. At the last race in 2011, Heikki made a good start and gained a lot of positions but then lost out by not having KERS.

“Having KERS embedded into our 2012 car is another good step forward for us. We had our best ever qualifying in relation to the cars ahead of us in Brazil, and with KERS we could have possibly out-qualified a few of them. So, again, we have another good reason to be very positive about 2012.”

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