Caterham planned the launch of its CT05 chassis earlier on Tuesday (more info here via the team’s official website), but the Leafield-based team saw it delayed a couple hours with teething issues that were discovered.
When pictures did begin to emerge of the new chassis, the first thing that immediately jumped out was its take on the new nose assembly.
Unlike the other chassis revealed thus far, the new nose extension actually comes out from underneath the chassis, almost in a lower second tier.
Kamui Kobayashi put a photo out of the nose; he’ll be observing for most of this week with his race teammate Marcus Ericsson in the new car on Tuesday and Wednesday in Jerez, while reserve driver Robin Frijns will drive on Thursday and Kobayashi finally in on Friday.
American Alexander Rossi, who has also been confirmed with Caterham in a second season of testing and in GP2, offered his thoughts on F1’s new era when at Daytona International Speedway this weekend for the Rolex 24. Rossi co-drove the DeltaWing coupe.
“It’s an interesting time for the sport; hopefully, it will kind of equalize things,” he told MotorSportsTalk. “At the same time, there’s quite a bit of apprehension about how it will all work. It’s going to be very interesting next weekend.”
Rossi was due to fly direct to Spain after the weekend in Daytona to catch up with the team.
EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.
As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.
NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.
Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.
So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads
Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.
MORE: Dakar Rally daily stages schedule, NBCSN broadcast schedule, list of all competitors.
MORE: Stage 14 overall Rally wrapup
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