Caterham CT01

Vitaly Petrov during free practice in Malaysia.

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The Caterham CT01 is the third Formula 1 race car from Caterham (formerly Lotus ) and the first with the chassis name Caterham. He took part in all the races of the Formula 1 season in 2012 and was powered by a Renault engine. The vehicle was presented on 26 January 2012 as the first of the Formula 1 season in the British magazine F1 Racing.

Technology and Development

The Caterham CT01 is the successor to the Lotus T128. What is striking is the front with two humps in the amount of the front suspension, the horizontal pull up to the cockpit and form a sort of V shape. In addition, the Caterham CT01 has narrow side boxes and a "hole in the rear ". The Caterham CT01 was developed under the direction of Mike Gascoyne and Mark Smith.

Red Bull Racing supplies the transmission, hydraulic system and the KERS, which was first used in a Lotus / Caterham. The 2.4 V8 engine comes from Renault. The tires provided by Pirelli.

Paint and sponsorship

The Caterham CT01 is painted in " British Racing Green" and also has yellow and shades of white. A logo on the engine cover advertises the airline AirAsia, Fernandes at the team owner Tony the shares. In addition to the engine supplier Renault and Pirelli Reifenaustatter other sponsors and partners of the team are represented on the vehicle with CNN, Dell, EQ8, General Electric, HPE, Naza, Pact and Tune Group.


The team presented at the vehicle presentation as last year, driving a Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli. After the first tests in February Trulli, however, was replaced by Vitaly Petrov.