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It's the Lotus Mad Max F1 car!
This is officially called the Lotus F1 Team Mad Max Hybrid. It is an F1 car built for the apocalypse, and it is at exactly this point that you can start to make all the Pastor Maldonado jokes your little heart desires.
Lotus’s F1 team has partnered up with Warner Bros to build this one-off F1 car in honour of the new Mad Max: Fury Road movie, which hits cinemas on 14 May.
The movie takes place in a future where society has all but broken down. As such, the Mad Max Lotus features such pleasantries as flame throwers, front-mounted spikes, a front wing from hell (complete with skulls) and off-road tyres. It’s also been finished in fetching burnt-silver hue, for that extra Armageddon effect.
“Lotus F1 Team is always viewed as a challenger team,” explains Lotus F1 boss, Matthew Carter. “This car acknowledges the tenacious nature of Lotus F1 Team. No matter what the rules in Formula 1’s future, we are here to stay and compete.” And crash into stuff quite a lot, presumably.
Pastor jokes aside, it actually looks quite mean. And would certainly have come in handy for last Sunday’s Spanish GP snooze-fest. After all, tyre strategies are kind of irrelevant when you’re being GUNNED DOWN BY FIRE.
So, ready your finest Maldonado/Mad Max jokes, and feed them in at the bottom of this story. We’ll just leave this here for you to get started with…