This year’s Lotus car will be called the E20. Last year’s Enstone-produced single seater was the R31, in accordance with the Renault numbering tradition.
But with the name-change to Lotus for 2012, the team has decided to honour the factory staff by naming the new car E20. The ‘E’ refers to Enstone whilst the ’20’ is a reference to the fact the new single seater is the twentieth made at Enstone since the then Benetton team relocated in 1992.
The E20 will be revealed on February 5, the day before Kimi Raikkonen debuts it at Jerez on the eve of the opening 2012 group test.