CATERHAM CT01: DIFFERENT NAME, ANALOGUE RESULTS
At the end of 2011 the Lotus Team owned by the Malaysian entrepreneur Tony Fernandes was officially renamed Caterham F1 Team due to a legal dispute with the Lotus Renault GP, but the internal structure of the team was not changed.
The new Caterham CT01 was in fact designed by the British Mike Gascoyne, who had taken care of the development of the previous Lotus T128 and from which he took some details to make the new vehicle.
Based on a monocoque carbon fiber frame with honeycomb structure, the car presented several aerodynamic innovations such as the horrible aerodynamic step between the nose and the pcockpit, new sides and a new raised position for the drain.
The engine was a Renault RS27 2.4 V8 managed by a seven-speed sequential gearbox and combined with a KERS system both supplied by Red Bull Technologies.
Entrusted to the drivers Heikki Kovalainen and Vitalij Petrov, the car proved reliable but catastrophically slow, unable to achieve any points and closing the 2012 season with an 11th place at the Brazilian GP as the best result.
Thank you to Valentina Zanola for the cooperation