Lotus News

  • Image courtesy American Le Mans 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 head-to-head against factory and works-supported GT entries from BMW, Chevrolet, Ferrari and Porsche, the latter being Job's car of choice until he decided to compete with Lotus. Lotus AJR continues with its backing from Battery Tender and adds William Rast to its partnership stable; the team is...

  • Nico Hulkenberg - Photo courtesy Sahara Force India Formula 1 Team
    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
    Shank Still Working On INDYCAR Program

    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...

  • 2011 Lotus Evora S
    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...

  • Photo courtesy Lotus F1 Team

    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 several development items. "It seems that the tires are closer performance-wise this year, with the rear tires also looking a bit stronger," Rosberg said. "Pirelli have done a good job so far. You really can't compare the lap times with other teams but it was interesting to learn a lot with our 2011...

  • Logo courtesy INDYCAR
    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
    F1 Testing Begins At Jerez

    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...

  • Kimi Raikkonen
    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...

  • Photo courtesy Lotus
    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

    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 had their opportunities to drive the Dallara DW12; Servia's chance came in two successful days on the 1.66-mile short course at Sebring International Raceway. The goal for this test was to check a few more boxes off the "to do list," and to continue further engine developments on the Lotus mill...

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

    While the new owners of Lotus’ parent company, Proton, haven’t come out and said that Lotus is for sale, it’s clear to all involved that the writing is on the wall. While Lotus brings a halo brand to the table, Proton’s primary business is manufacturing economy cars for the...

  • Paul Tracy and Michael Shank on the grid at the Rolex 24 - Anne Proffit photo
    Will Paul Tracy Drive In INDYCAR For Michael Shank?

    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...

  • Photo courtesy Bryan Herta Autosport
    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...

  • Photo courtesy Lotus F1 Team
    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

    Not too long ago, the thought of a Lotus with an automatic transmission would have been as unthinkable as a Ferrari or Lamborghini that shifted itself. Times change, and last year Lotus introduced a performance-focused automatic transmission for the 2011 Evora to stay with them. Called IPS, for...

  • 2011 Lotus Renault GP R31

    In the world of Formula 1, there’s no such thing as a small aerodynamic advantage. In a series where qualifying times can be separated by mere hundredths of a second, any performance gain is significant, particularly for non-dominant teams. That’s one reason why Lotus was optimistic over its reactive suspension system, which uses brake torque to adjust the ride height. As anything that lowers front ride height can yield substantial benefits in lap times, Lotus saw its system as contributing to the competitiveness of its upcoming 2012 F1 chassis. Now comes word from ESPN F1 that...

  • Photo courtesy HVM Lotus Racing
    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...

  • 2011 Lotus Evora S
    Proton's New Owners Ponder Lotus Sale

    When Lotus’ parent company, Proton, was sold to manufacturing, transportation and power-generation conglomerate DRB-Hicom, critics said that a sale of Lotus would surely be pending. After all, the boutique sports car builder hasn’t turned a profit for Proton since its acquisition in...

  • Oriol Servia earned third grid spot at the 2011 Indy 500 - Anne Proffit photo
    Servia Gets Dreyer & Reinbold INDYCAR Ride

    It's another one of those horribly kept "secrets" - Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (DRR) signed Catalan driver Oriol Servia as a full-time driver for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season. Servia, 37, had a breakout year in 2011, driving for Newman/Haas Racing, which elected to step away from the...

  • Katherine Legge and her PKV Champ Car team at Road America in 2006 - Anne Proffit photo
    Katherine Legge Gains TrueCar INDYCAR Sponsorship

    Katherine Legge, recently announced as a member of the Dragon Racing team will have the name of TrueCar on her No. 6 Lotus/Dallara/Firestone IZOD IndyCar Series race car for the 2012 season. TrueCar Inc has been moving into the motorsport arena to help market its automotive marketplace solutions...

  • Proton logo
    Lotus parent company Proton sold to Malaysian conglomerate DRB-Hicom

    Malaysia’s state-owned Khazanah Nasional Bhd has sold its 43 percent stake in Proton, a maker of economy sedans and hatchbacks, to fellow Malaysian firm DRB-Hicom in a deal costing more than $410 million. DRB-Hicom is a conglomerate dealing in automotive services, transport and power...

Follow Us on Instagram @motorauthority