Composite monocoque structure, designed and built in-house, carrying the Renault V6 as fully stressed member
Carbon fibre top and bottom wishbones operate an inboard rocker via a pushrod system. This is connected to a torsion bar and damper units which are mounted inside the front of the monocoque. Aluminium uprights
Carbon fibre top and bottom wishbones with pull rod operated torsion springs and transverse-mounted damper units mounted inside the gearbox casing. Aluminium uprights
The team was forced to miss the first pre-season test at Jerez de la Frontera, but released computer-rendered images of the car in the week beforehand, showing a distinctive asymmetrical forked nose design.
After disappointing results in the first few races, the car picked up pace when the season came to Europe, with Romain Grosjean qualifying fifth and coming home in eighth position at the Spanish Grand Prix. Lotus nevertheless struggled to earn points throughout the season, with only two more point-scoring finishes at Monaco for Grosjean and in the United States for Maldonado. Therefore Lotus ended the season a disappointing eighth in the constructors' championship standings, compared to fourth in 2013.
^Lopez, Gerard (15 January 2014). Es kommen keine neuen Schulden dazu [No new debts will arise]. Auto, Motor und Sport.de (in German). Interview with Michael Schmidt (Motor Presse Stuttgart GmbH & Co. KG). Retrieved 15 January 2014. We will use the Renault Engine and have worked for long time to determine what the ideal agreement looks like for us.