Back in February 5th, 2012. Lotus F1 Team pulls back the curtain on their latest masterpiece: the E20. With a cutting-edge V8 Renault engine and its two drivers, Kimi Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean, this car was destined to conquer the 2012 World Championship.

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Throughout the 2012 Formula One season, Romain Grosjean and former F1 World Champion Kimi Räikkönen took turns behind the wheel of the Renault-powered Lotus E20. Räikkönen’s return to Formula One after after two years of absence raised high expectations for the E20’s ambitions: to once again become a top team in the championship in the coming years.

With no team clearly dominating, the 2012 season saw eight different drivers claim race victories. Räikkönen’s great performance earned him seven podium finishes, including a memorable win at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. His efforts culminated in a third-place finish in the Drivers’ Championship standings, with Lotus securing fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship.


Kimi Räikkönen’s win at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (2012)



The Lotus E20 boasted an array of cutting-edge technologies and innovations. From its Renault RS27-2012 power unit to its crafted carbon fibre and aluminium honeycomb composite monocoque chassis, every aspect of the E20 was designed for maximum performance and aerodynamic efficiency. Notably, the implementation of a new 60% scale wind tunnel at Enstone further enhanced the car’s development process, propelling it to the forefront of Formula 1 engineering.



Power Unit: Renault RS27-2012

Capacity: 2.4 litres

Architecture: 90° V8

Weight: 95kg

RPM: 18,000

Power Output: 750bhp



Weight: 640kg, including driver, camera and ballast

Dimensions: 5.04m (L) x 1.8m (W) x 0.95m (H)

Chassis: Moulded carbon fibre and aluminium honeycomb composite monocoque

Transmission: Seven-speed semi-automatic titanium gearbox with reverse gear. “Quickshift” system in operation to maximise speed of gearshifts



– In the 2012 Formula One Season, which consisted of 20 races, the Lotus E20 clinched one victory and secured ten podiums.

– This season saw the 500th Grand Prix contested by team from Enstone, including those contested through its previous incarnations of Toleman, Benetton, Renault F1 Team, Lotus Renault GP and Lotus F1 Team.

– The designation “E20” is derived from the fact that it is the 20th car to be crafted at the team’s factory in Enstone. The letter E is also the first letter of all Lotus road car models.

– The Lotus E20 is the car with which Kimi Raikkonen famously said, “Leave me alone, I know what I am doing” during the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

– The Lotus E20 made a notable appearance in the music video for ‘Dangerous’ by David Guetta featuring Sam Martin.



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Photo credits: ©WR12 / Thomas Fenêtre