The new Malaysian-backed Lotus F1 team are ready to start wind tunnel tests on a scale model of their car only a month after they were handed a place on the 2010 starting grid.
"The start of any windtunnel testing is an important step in the development of a new F1 car, but it is particularly exciting for us as we continue preparations for our first season," said chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne said on Wednesday.
"We had been working on the entry for several months. We had aspects of the team infrastructure in place; the finances, factory and top management.
"Once our entry was confirmed in mid-September, we were able to accelerate our recruitment and car development process.”