Caterham has released photos of their 2012 contender (nothing new, just better quality), so we have a first chance to take a look at the back of the car:
As we can see, the similarities with RB7 are very obvious: The team are using a pullrod arrangement at the back. The sidepods are very sculpted and tight, “hugging” the gearbox. There is one main cooling outlet, which is situated at the fin tale, while there are no other cooling outlets that we can see. From this photograph we cannot determine the angle that the exhausts have been installed with regards to the reference plane, so we cannot tell if Caterham have decided to blow the rear wing or not. It remains to be seen whether this is the final exhaust solution. Overall, the rear of the car is very tightly packaged, leaving a lot of the floor exposed. It’s a very neat design, and definitely the most modern and contemporary that Caterham (ex Team Lotus) have ever produced. It bodes well in their efforts to bridge the gap to the midfield. It certainly looks the part. It’s also clear that their technical collaboration with Red Bull and Renault will continue to bear fruit in the future. With the rules remaining relatively stable in 2013, Caterham need to throw all they’ve got in developing this car, which can make or break their entire F1 participation project.