Lotus have decided to keep its new E22 car a secret for the time being, chosing to skip Formula 1's first pre-season test in Jerez, Spain on January 28th in favor of unveiling it during the Bahrain tests instead, according to technical advisor Nick Chester.
"We've decided that due to the cold temperatures there this month, attending the Jerez test isn't ideal for our build and development program,” he stated. “This is the first year of radically different regulations which means that all teams are developing their cars along potentially quite different avenues. We think we have a very good solution to the challenge and hopefully this will be seen when the E22 turns its wheels in anger."
Formula 1 has mandated that all cars competing in 2014 must now be 1.6 liter turbocharged V6 units with energy recovery systems, instead of their old 2.4 liter V8 engines.
Despite financial troubles, Lotus finished last season 4th overall, with Kimi Raikkonen winning in Australia. Raikkonen has since moved to Ferrari, after stating that Lotus failed to pay him. He is being replaced this year by Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean.
In the meantime, Lotus F1 has announced that Matthew Carter has replaced Patrick Louis as Chief Executive Officer. Louis, however. will continue to serve on the board of Lotus and will assume a Lotus have decided to keep its new E22 car a secret for the time being, chosing to skip Formula new position at Genii Automotive.