Lotus News

  • Jay Penske - Anne Proffit photo

    Will there now be only one full-time Lotus-powered car in the IZOD IndyCar Series throughout the balance of the 2012 season? It's sure looking that way. Lotus Cars gave Dreyer & Reinbold and Bryan Herta Autosport a way out at the end of April; the former has already got its engine deal in place having aligned with Panther Racing, a Chevrolet stalwart that had two engine leases in its pocket. Bryan Herta Autosoprt hasn't announced its intentions but is expected to take a Honda engine lease before practice opens on Saturday for the 96th Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. And...

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    INDYCAR Turbocharger Ruling Appealed By GM

    Turbo-Gate isn't over yet. A ruling went against General Motors the week of the Sao Paulo IZOD IndyCar Series race after the manufacturer's Chevrolet racing division questioned competitor Honda's use of a different compressor cover A/R for their single Borg Warner turbocharger than that originally...

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    Sao Paulo INDYCAR Race Belongs To Power

    Team Penske's Will Power won his third straight race of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season and his third consecutive Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestle on the 2.635-mile, 11-turn street circuit, leading Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay to the checkered flags after 75 laps of...

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    Chris Harris Explores The Intricacies Of the Lotus Exige S: Video

    While we’re still hoping that the latest Lotus Exige S makes it over to these shores, even if only as a dedicated track car, European buyers have been lapping it up since last September when the car made its official world debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. Since then Lotus has entered...

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    Lotus Evora GTE China Limited Edition Debuts In Beijing

    Emphasizing the importance of the Chinese market to its future success, British sports car manufacturer Lotus unveiled a new model custom-made for China at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show this week. The custom-made model is based on the Evora GTE sports car but gets some unique features plus a limited...

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    Lotus Confirms Two INDYCAR Teams' Release

    The rumor mill started churning during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach less than two weeks ago that two Lotus factory teams - Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and Bryan Herta Autosport - were less than satisfied with their Lotus engine supply chain in the IZOD IndyCar Series. While the engine...

  • Oriol Servia - Anne Proffit photo

    Over the course of three races in the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season, it's been easy to see which engine manufacturers did plenty of homework and who's prepared for the rigors of this year's manufacturers' championship fight. The nods go to Ilmor Ltd and their new Chevrolet engine and, as well to Honda Performance Development's Honda 2.2-liter V-6. Lotus, which came into this battle on the very final day for applications in December of 2010, have been behind the eight-ball from the get-go. There was plenty of bitching in the Lotus camp from the start: engines were late, there were few spare...

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    Entries In For 96th Indianapolis 500

    There are 34 entries for the 96th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, scheduled for May 27 this year, the day before Memorial Day. Among the 30 drivers nominated thus far - there's always a shuffle here and there - are three previous winners of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing and three IZOD IndyCar Series...

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    Evaluating The Lotus Rant: Fact And Fiction

    Unless you've been living under a rock since Tuesday, you know about Lotus' rant in response to what it perceives as rampant falsehood and inaccurate reporting of its current situation, both in terms of product and its corporate status. Frustration in the face of potentially harmful reporting is...

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    Lotus Goes On The Defense With Bizarre Facebook Rant

    Following recent reports that Lotus was ending sponsorship of the Lotus F1 team and, of more concern, could possibly be put into administration by its new parent, Malaysian conglomerate DRB-Hicom, Lotus has gone on the defense with an extensive Facebook rant addressing many of the various...

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    Lotus In Trouble, May Be Sold To China’s Youngman: Report

    Following yesterday’s news that Group Lotus was ending its sponsorship of the Lotus F1 team while leaving the team’s name unchanged, a new report suggests that the automaker’s troubles run far deeper and that its ambitious five-year sports car program could be on the skids...

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    Lotus F1 Losing Lotus Group Backing?

    The money woes besetting Group Lotus, which has been spreading its wings in all forms of major motor racing over the past two years, are spreading to the province of Formula One racing and Lotus F1 Team. The Lotus brand's recent history in F1 has been one involving legal battles, name changes and...

  • Anne Proffit photo

    This hasn't been an optimal start to the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series for Katherine Legge, who is listed as rookie driver for Dragon Racing's No. 6 TrueCar Dallara/Lotus/Firestone Indy car. After two races, she's tied for 21st in the point standings with another female driver, Simona de Silvestro, who also drives a Lotus-powered Indy car. Legge, the first woman to win in the Atlantic Championship in 2005, posted three victories that season for Polestar Racing Group - at Long Beach, Edmonton and San Jose. "Those Atlantic wins changed everything and it's the reason I'm here right now," Legge said...

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    Impressive Lotus Collection To Be Auctioned By Bonhams

    In the 1963 Dutch Grand Prix, legendary driver Jim Clark dominated the competition in his Lotus 25 Formula One car. A young Olav Glasius was so impressed by both the Lotus and Clark’s driving that he became a lifelong fan of the brand. Glasius, described by Bonhams as a “textile...

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    Conor Daly Ready For Second Season In GP3

    Second generation driver Conor Daly, son of Derek and Beth, is embarking on his sophomore year of GP3 racing as he vies to make his way toward Formula One. Last year Daly spent time racing in both GP3 and in the Firestone Indy Lights Championship in the USA; this year he's focused on GP3 for the...

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    Lotus Selects Mansory As Official Customization Studio

    Any performance or luxury automaker worth its salt these days offers some level of personalization for its cars. After all, if you’re dropping the price of an average home on a new car you wouldn’t want the person up the street to be able to buy one in the exact same specification as...

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    Lotus F1 Team Inks 3-Year Pact With Microsoft Dynamics

    The Lotus F1 Team that features returning 2007 Formula One champion Kimi Raikkonen together with Romain Grosjean and Renault engines in its E20 chassis, has announced a three-year partnership with technology giant Microsoft, with branding to be unveiled at this weekend's season-opening Australian...

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    Lotus Temporarily Suspends Work On Future Models: Report

    Just a few months back, Lotus CEO Dany Bahar was given a new four-year contract by parent company Proton. For a short while, at least, it was easy to believe that Lotus would actually execute on its plan to deliver a range of new sports car models. Then came word that the Malaysian government was...

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    The second day of IZOD IndyCar Series "spring training" on Sebring International Raceway 1.67-mile short course was simply on fire. Nothing like NASCAR's big jet-dryer blowup at this year's Daytona 500. No, Will Power ended up with a second fire after yesterday's engine fire on-course. Power put out the flames himself on Monday after feeling the fire marshal was moving too slowly to quell the fuel line problem. This time he was able to limp the car back to pits, having to give up a quick speed for the second day in a row in the process with a similar fuel leak. Teammate Helio Castroneves did...

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    2013 Lotus Exige S Roadster Makes Debut

    While it wasn’t the long-rumored convertible Evora that we had been hoping for, Lotus did stay true to its word and blew “the roof off” one of its models at this week’s 2012 Geneva Motor Show. That model was the Exige S, which has now been revealed in Exige S Roadster form...

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    Lotus Exige R-GT Rally Car Set For April Debut

    Think of rally cars, and what comes to mind? The Citroen DS3 of current WRC title holder Sebastian Loeb? The Ford Fiesta RS WRC of Ken Block? Perhaps the Audi Sport quattro of rally legend Michele Mouton? All of those cars use a front-engine, all-wheel-drive layout, which is what we’ve come...

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    Formula One Testing Resumes In Barcelona

    The final four-day pre-season test for Formula One began at Barcelona's Circuito de Catalunya on Thursday under sunny and dry conditions. There were 10 teams at the test, all of them using their 2012-spec cars. After the drama of suspension problems at last week's test, Lotus F1 Team returned to...

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    Lotus HVM INDYCAR Racing Team Tests Own Car At Sebring

    Lotus HVM Racing has completed its first IZOD IndyCar Series test using its own car and engine at Sebring this week; it had been working with the Lotus manufacturer test team up to this time. The team used two days of testing to build confidence in the progress they've been making with their...

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    Lotus Planning F1-Inspired Evora GTE For Geneva Motor Show

    Kimi Raikkonen will be on hand at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, fielding questions about a new F1-inspired version of the Lotus Evora GTE. So far, details on the car are basically nil, but we expect a sharper-performing, F1-liveried (or at least color-schemed), likely somewhat gussied up version of...

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