Lotus E22 passes mandatory FIA crash tests

Thursday 16th January 2014, 19:20 by Ryan Wood 

Lotus issued a teaser image of the E22 ( Lotus F1 Team)

With mass speculation surrounding Lotus and their future following confirmation that they won't be at the first test of the season, some good news has come out of Enstone.

The team confirmed on Thursday that the E22, their 2014 car, has passed all mandatory FIA crash tests, signalling that the car is nearing completion.

Passing the 13 tests means the chassis can be homologated and can now partake in pre-season testing, though it doesn't change their plans.

The car is set to be unveiled sometime between Jerez and the first test in Bahrain which kicks off on February 19th.

Speaking about the E22, team co-owner Gerard Lopez hinted that it might feature an interesting concept.

"We are very satisfied with the development of our car," he said, "which will perhaps look a bit different from the others.

"We believe it is better to use the next few weeks in the wind tunnel, which will give us more [benefit] than one test on the track would."

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