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  • Lotus' Exige R-GT rally car

    Pending the successful completion of testing and FIA homologation, the Lotus Exige R-GT will make its FIA European Rally Championship debut at Brescia, Italy next month.

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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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    Alex Job Racing Competes With Lotus In 2012 ALMS Series

    Alex Job has always been a daunting team owner and he's decided to take a risk on a new car and engine for the 2012 American Le Mans Series championship, racing a 2012 Lotus Evora GTE beginning with the Long Beach race on April 14th. The renamed Lotus AJR (Alex Job Racing) intends to go...

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    Formula One Testing Resumes In Barcelona

    Formula One preparation for the 2012 season resumed at Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona on Tuesday with 11 cars taking to the 2.89-mile track on a cool and crisp day, the first of four days of testing. Only the Marussia team used a 2011-spec car for Charles Pic, who completed 121 laps and was the...

  • Michael Shank at Daytona - Anne Proffit photo

    Although they were first to announce a Lotus affiliation for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season, Michael Shank Racing Indy has been dormant since that ill-fated Las Vegas weekend. The team put together by former driver Shank, Penske Racing NASCAR shoe A.J. Allmendinger, and Ohio-based businessman Brian Bailey, has been working to get backing for its DW12 chassis and has been hoping to gain the sixth Lotus engine--and a viable driver to campaign the package. It hasn't been easy going, even with the team's results at the 50th anniversary Rolex 24 at Daytona of first and third, accenting a...

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    Lotus Teases New Convertible Ahead Of Geneva Motor Show

    Lotus' rebirth as a more luxurious, less lightness-focused company is well underway, and it will get a bit farther along come March's Geneva Motor Show. It looks like a convertible may be in the offing. While we can't be sure--Lotus's release is cryptic at best--all of the indicators point toward a...

  • Dario Franchitti with the Astor Cup - courtesy INDYCAR
    Highlights From State Of IndyCar Summit

    This week in Indianapolis, the IZOD IndyCar Series celebrates its past season and prepares for the 2012 16-race competition that features a new Dallara DW12 chassis, engine competition between Chevrolet, Honda and Lotus and the return - through the 2014 season - of tire manufacturer Firestone...

  • Grosjean in the Lotus/Renault - Courtesy Lotus F1 Team
    Formula 1 Concludes First Open Test At Jerez, Alonso On Top

    After hearing all the doom and gloom from the Scuderia Ferrari garages about their lack of space through three days of testing at the Circuito de la Frontera at Jerez, Spain, countryman Fernando Alonso provided a turnaround for the team by snagging the top spot in the final, fourth day of the open...

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    Day 3 Formula One Testing At Jerez - Mercedes Leads With 2011 Car

    Still working with their 2011 car, Mercedes retained the top spot in the third day of open Formula One testing at Jerez de la Frontera circuit in southern Spain. This time it was Nico Rosberg setting the quick time at 1:17.613 from his 118 laps. He focused on tire testing as the team worked on...

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    INDYCAR Initiates New Rules For 2012

    After being introduced as IZOD IndyCar Series president of competition and race director in January, Beaux Barfield said his goal was to reformat the 2012 rulebook for ease of use, particularly with a new Dallara DW12 chassis and participation from three engine manufacturers, Chevrolet, Honda and...

  • Photo courtesy Sahara Force India Formula 1

    They've revealed the new cars for the 2012 season and now's the time for the Formula One circus to show how they work in the real world of testing. Formal practice began today at Jerez de la Frontera in Spain, with a total of 12 drivers taking to the circuit in both morning and afternoon sessions. By the end of the day - and all testing times are unofficial - Kimi Raikkonen set the quickest time in 75 total laps, at 1:19.670 in the new Lotus E20. Although the Finn hasn't driven a new-style F1 car for two seasons of competition, that was no deterrent to the 2007 World Champion. "It was a...

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    Raikkonen Refutes Critics, Says He's Ready To Run

    The Iceman is back in the game. Kimi Raikkonen returns to Formula 1 with the desire to race against other teams and drivers again, something he really didn't experience in his rally career. The 2007 F1 champion said he's coming back to the sport he deserted because he wants to do racing. "I had a...

  • Lotus E20 2012 Formula 1 race car
    Lotus F1 Team Has New Sponsors, Unveils E20 Race Car: Video

    The Lotus F1 Team rolled out its new 2012 Formula 1, the E20, earlier today, along with announcing sponsorship plans for the 2012 season. The Renault-powered team has announced a joint sponsorship deal with CLEAR and Rexona, two of the world's biggest personal care brands. Rexona, originally...

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    Lotus Enters LMP2 Car For Le Mans And Full WEC Season

    In a 56-car 80th anniversary 24 Hours of Le Mans field that's heavy on prototypes--there are 15 LMP1 invited cars and an enviable 18 LMP2 production-based racers on the list--one very surprising invitation emerged from the list. That would be Lotus, spreading its tentacles throughout the...

  • Oriol Servia - Anne Proffit photo
    Servia At Sebring For Lotus Test Team

    Oriol Servia is the third driver to work with the Lotus test team and conduct engine testing for Engine Developments Ltd (EDL), suppliers of the Lotus IZOD IndyCar Series 2.2-liter, V-6 engine for 2012. Already Simona de Silvestro of HVM-Lotus and Alex Tagliani from Bryan Herta Autosport-Lotus have...

  • Dany Bahar
    Lotus CEO Bahar Seeking Buy-Out Partner: Report

    Concerned that Proton will sell off Lotus, CEO Dany Bahar is actively seeking investment partners to buy out the Hethel-based automaker.

  • Paul Tracy and Michael Shank on the grid at the Rolex 24 - Anne Proffit photo

    If the stars align next week, Michael Shank Racing Indy will announce its driver in the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series. The Columbus-Ohio area team--racing this weekend in the Rolex 24 at Daytona--has sponsorship in place, has a new Dallara safety cell and has a driver lined up, but aren't terribly sure about their engine supply. Shank announced an affiliation with Lotus during the ill-fated season finale last October in Las Vegas. Still, when the engine provider revealed its factory, or anchor teams, Shank's name wasn't among them. The team says they are No. 6 in line to get engines of the maximum...

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    Tagliani Tests New Lotus/Dallara/Firestone Indy Car

    Team Barracuda - Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) driver Alex Tagliani took his first laps in a new Lotus/Dallara/Firestone Indy car earlier this week on Homestead-Miami Speedway's road course. It was Tag's first time in the Lotus-powered Indy car this year. The Lotus test team, comprised of BHA, Dreyer...

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    Raikkonen Completes Test, Lotus F1 Team Signs D'Ambrosio As Third Driver

    Kimi Raikkonen completed his second day of testing at Circuito Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain this afternoon, reacclimatizing himself to the rigors of driving a Formula 1 car, albeit at this time testing a two-year-old Lotus F1 Team model as the 2008 World Champion regains his footing in the...

  • The 2012 Lotus Evora S IPS
    Lotus Wrings Out The 2012 Evora S IPS: Video

    Lotus has put a significant amount of effort into the design and tuning of its IPS automated manual gearbox.

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    FIA Outlaws Reactive Ride Height Systems In Formula 1

    The FIA has banned reactive ride height systems, such as the one developed by Lotus for the 2012 season.

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    Lotus HVM Racing Completes Four Days Of Testing With New Dallara Chassis

    The new Engine Developments Ltd.-designed and built Lotus IZOD IndyCar Series engine had its first tests on the Palm Beach International Raceway road course last Thursday and Friday. Lotus HVM Racing, the Lotus test team and Swiss driver Simona de Silvestro completed a two-day shakedown test of the...

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