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Analysis: Why Lotus' noses are different lengths

When Lotus released the first digital render of its new E22, it wasn't so obvious, but under closer scrutiny and then with the arrival of a second, aerial shot, Lotus's rather unusual nose becomes more apparent. The idea of using a twin-nose was likely considered by many teams, as it leaves an opening for airflow where it's most important. However the rules don't allow it. "It [the nose] must have a single external cross section, in horizontal projection, of more than 9000mm²," read the 2014 technical regulations. Lotus have obviously interpreted the rules differently and the answer can be found in the length of each individual 'tusk'. As the image above shows, the right...
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