F1: Lotus unveils T127 race car for 2010 season

The 'Lotus' name is back on track
by Patrick Everett Tadeo | Feb 14, 2010
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After a 15-year absence, the green-and-yellow livery of Lotus will be on the grid once more as the Lotus F1 Racing team revealed its car for the 2010 season.

As the fourth most successful constructor of all time behind Ferrari, Williams F1 and McLaren, Lotus F1 Racing has a daunting challenge ahead as the team hopes to replicate the original Lotus team's success in Formula One with the T127.

The T127 is equipped with Cosworth's 2.4-liter CA2010 V8 engine, the same engine all four new F1 teams will be using for the 2010 season.

"The last few months have been some of the most challenging of my career, but it's been a challenge the whole team and I have thrived on since we first started work on the car up in Norfolk," said Lotus F1 technical director Mike Gascoyne. "I'm delighted that we've reached this point, and now we have a beautiful car that gives us a great base to work from for the season ahead and a fighting chance of going racing in the right way, with a winning mentality."

Team principal Tony Fernandes also shared his delight at how the team managed to launch the T127 in time for the 2010 season.

"I am extremely proud to be here today and to be able to show the world the fruits of the team's hard work over the last five months," Fernandes said. "Now we've achieved two major milestones: confirming our entry and unveiling our car; but now the real work starts."

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Driving for Lotus F1 Racing are F1 veteran Jarno Trulli, journeyman Heikki Kovalainen. Malaysian driver Fairuz Fauzy will be the team's test and reserve driver.

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