Caterham revealed their 2014 car - the CT05 - at the opening test in Jerez
Car the first to be fully built and designed at team's Leafield base
By William Esler
Last Updated: 28/01/14 4:09pm
The car, to be driven by the all new driver pairing of Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson, is the first to be fully designed and built at the team's Leafield Technical Centre.
The CT05 will be powered by the same Renault unit used by Red Bull, while Caterham will also run a gearbox purchased from the World Champions.
"Unveiling CT05 is a proud moment for me and the whole team, especially with both F1 and Caterham entering a new era in 2014," Team Principal Cyril Abiteboul said.
"Our shareholders and partners have made major investments in the people and facilities at Leafield, giving us a platform to work on the 2014 car that is now much closer to many of the teams ahead and, this year, there is no reason for this to not materialize directly to performance on track.
"We believe CT05 is a good starting point for us to deal with the new regulations and their associated challenges, in particular in terms of reliability. We have a lot of very talented people at Leafield who have worked tirelessly to bring this car to life and everyone has played a part in helping us exceed all the targets we set. We obviously won't know where we really are in relation to the other teams until the first race, but we believe we have answered the challenges presented by the new regulations as effectively as we can.
"In Renault Sport F1 and Red Bull Technology we have technical partners that have powered the World Championship winning team for the last four years, and, while we are realistic enough to know we are very unlikely to be competing right at the front of the grid, there is no reason why we should not be fighting higher than we have done since we came into the sport in 2010.
"We have extensive experience of working with both Renault and Red Bull and that is going to be crucial this year. Reliability and energy management will play a key role in 2014, especially early in the season, so our experience of working so closely with both organisations since 2011 will definitely help throughout the course of the season."