E23 is expected to arrive in Jerez today after the team failed to make the first day of testing.
Lotus's new E23, which was scheduled to have been driven by Pastor Maldonado in the opening day of testing at Jerez, is now on its way from the Enstone factory.
The car is being flown to Spain rather than carried by truck in order to save time. The engineering trucks are already in place at the circuit, and another vehicle carrying equipment has been spotted on a Spanish highway.
Lotus has made the switch to Mercedes this season after 20 years with Renault, which has given the team a bigger challenge this winter.
A team spokesman told this writer: “The car’s on its way. Fired up and final checks in Enstone yesterday – we wanted to be happy with everything at the factory before turning up.”
The team has yet to confirm whether the car will take to the track on Monday.