The Caterham F1 Team's CT03 race car for the F1 championship's 2013 season, was unveiled in the pitlane of the Circuito de Jerez, Spain, on day one of the first official 2013 pre-season test. The car was revealed by the team's race drivers Charles Pic, who will race in car #20, and Giedo van der Garde who will be in car #21 for the forthcoming season.
The 2013 car has technical features that distinguish it from its predecessor, CT01, and it will race in an updated livery for the season ahead. Some of the significant changes to the car are the trimmed down sidepods to improve airflow to the rear of the car. The diffuser, engine cover, and cooling exits have also seen major improvements. New front and rear wings and a new diffuser will be developed soon after the start of the season.
"CT03 is the first car we have produced in the Leafield Technical Center so it marks an important milestone in the development of our team. The season ahead presented us with an interesting challenge early in the design process as it is the last year of the current regulations before the introduction of the new engine rules in 2014. With that in mind we decided that CT03 would be an evolution of CT01 rather than a complete re-design, allowing us to focus our resources on developing areas of last year's package where opportunities would give us the greatest return, whilst also beginning work on the 2014 package. said Mark Smith, Technical Director, Caterham F1 Team