Lotus’ preparations for the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) reached a major milestone today with the team publishing the first images of the monocoque of the new T128 chassis.

The Lotus squad entered the 2012 season with a pair of Lola coupes, but will field pair of T128 coupes for the 2013 campaign which begins on April 14 at Silverstone. The team claim the new chassis will offer improved safety, visibility and comfort to their drivers.

Though – tantalisingly – the monocoque is built to the 2014 LMP1 regulations the team will compete in the LMP2 class this season with two cars on the entry list of the full WEC season including the 90th 24 Hours of Le Mans in June. American Kevin Weeda, James Rossiter and Tonio Liuzzi are named as drivers for one car, with Thomas Holzer the only confirmed man in the sister car.

The team will be hoping to improve upon the eighth place they gained in the LMP2 teams’ championship in the first season when they recorded a best result of sixth place on four occasions. However, they retired from the remaining four rounds.