Whoever said Formula 1 is boring, clearly hasn’t seen this… thing.
Before the actual race in Barcelona, Lotus prepared its own radical show with the help of an F1 car “re-imagined for a post-apocalyptic future”. Yup, that’s what the official description says, which means that Formula 1 will still exist even after the end of the world. It will still be managed by Bernie Ecclestone, of course.
The car, known as the Lotus F1 Team Mad Max Hybrid, is actually a celebration of George Miller’s vehicular-warfare action movies – which began 30 years ago. Jokes aside, the event was organized by Lotus and Warner Bros to promote the launch of the movie ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’.
As for the car, it represents – and I quote Lotus: “the concept of producing a Formula 1 car for the ultimate challenge of the nightmare scenario of an apocalyptic society seemingly headed for oblivion. This car acknowledges the tenacious nature of Lotus F1 Team; no matter what the rules in Formula 1’s future, we are here to stay and compete”. Heavy stuff. I think Lotus has some demons…
Anyway, besides the spikes sticking from the rear end of the car, it also has some skulls on the front wing – for downforce, of course. And if I’m not mistaken, it seems to be the first F1 car to boast those bigger rims everybody talked about. Mind you, these type of tires will come in handy if you spin off the track.
Accompanying the radical F1 car were two Lotus racing drivers: Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado. Judging by Maldonado’s grin, maybe there was something more to this event than promoting the Mad Max movie and I think I have the answer…
Lotus finally built a car Maldonado couldn’t crash, even if he wanted to. Just to be certain, click here to see if Maldonado has crashed today.
By Bogdan Zoltan