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This 2011 Lotus T128 is an interesting car from a confusing period in Formula 1. 2011’s F1 season saw two “Lotus” teams competing–Team Renault in Lotus’s famed black and gold and these green and yellow Lotus T128’s. Offered sans engine and clothed in 2013 Caterham bodywork, this is said to be the newest retired F1 car in the United States. Find it here on Craigslist in Birmingham, Tennessee for $95k.
For the 2012 season Team Lotus became the Caterham F1 team, so this car’s bodywork comes from one of its successors. Unfortunately neither team configuration performed strongly, unlike their much faster counterparts at Renault/Lotus F1 Team. The seller states that this is an ex-race car rather than a development mule, but does not state if it was driven by Jarno Trulli, Heikki Kovalainen or Bruno Senna.
Though offered without an engine, the car does retain its cool multi-function steering wheel, an expensive and impressive piece by itself. The amount of functionality crammed into such a small space is astounding. Shots of the cockpit are not provided, so it’s unknown how much work will need to be done to permit comfortable sitting while making engine noises.
Though mechanically incomplete, this T128 retains acres of intricately sculpted carbon fiber. As a piece of sculpture, the carbon airbox could be worth displaying all by itself. It appears the gearbox has been retained as it is structurally integral to the rear suspension. Check out the wide variety of different carbon weaves used on different components! The asking price may be a lot for an engineless car, but on the flip side of that coin we think it’d make the coolest Gran Turismo/Forza race seat simulator on the planet.
Engineless 2011 Lotus T128 Formula 1 Car | Bring a Trailer