At the beginning of the second day of testing in Jerez, the Lotus team also presented its E23 race car to the public live. Last month, the team released the first computer images of the car, which was first launched on Saturday. Due to a minor delay, the car only arrived in Jerez on the night of Monday to Tuesday, and although it was initially claimed that we would not see it on the track today, Pastor Maldonado completed a test lap with him about an hour after the start of the second day of testing. We have already seen everything from this year's race cars, except for the Force Indie, which will be presented only at the second test in Barcelona.
The Lotus team announced that testing of this year's E23 race car, which will be powered by a Mercedes engine, will not start until Tuesday. Although the equipment and staff are already at the Jerez racetrack, the race car on which the last inspections were carried out at the home factory in Enston is just on its way. “We had very little time to build the E23, as it is the most technically advanced race car we have ever made in Enston,” explained the team’s technical director, Nick Chester. "We'll send the race car to the track as soon as the engineers are ready." The E23 was first launched on Saturday, followed by inspections, dismantling the car, packing and transport.
Lotus has revealed the first photos of the new E23 race car, which is powered by a Mercedes power unit and which is believed to perform much better than its predecessor. Matthew Carter, team CEO, said: "Improvements in the design, aerodynamics and simulation departments have contributed to the development of the new car, which is a big step forward. We are confident that it will do well with the team's acquisitions full of optimism. We have to leave the disappointment of the past year behind. We learned from last year's mistakes, we worked hard for twelve months, all with the intention of getting back to the right place, ie to the very top of this sport. "
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