Tag Archive: Aerolab

Mar 26

Millions at stake in F1 ‘mini spy saga’

Force India has accused rivals Caterham of saving millions and then reaping even more millions by stealing their secret technical data.

2011-10-29 - Force India - India - Dr. Vijay Mallya 0110 - Team CaterhamA British court last week awarded Vijay Mallya’s team EUR 25,000 when Caterham and wind tunnel company Aerolab were found to have based models of the 2010 Team Lotus car on computer files owned by former Aerolab client Force India. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 25

Force India to push on with new F1 spy saga

Years after F1’s ‘spygate’ sagas, the issue could be set to return to the very top of the governing body’s agenda.

2012-03-24 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Nico Hulkenberg 022012-03-24 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Nico Hulkenberg 03Force India claims Caterham and their common former wind tunnel partner Aerolab were this week “found liable” by a British court of using Force India data for the Team Lotus car of early 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 22

Aerolab ruling to cost Force India millions – report

Force India has been ordered by a British court to pay over a million dollars.

2011-10-29 - Force India - India - Dr. Vijay Mallya 022011-10-29 - Force India - India - Dr. Vijay Mallya 03With team boss Vijay Mallya already in financial strife over his collapsing airline Kingfisher, his Silverstone based team must now pay Italian wind tunnel Aerolab. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 21

Caterham (formerly Team Lotus) and Aerolab found liable for using Force India intellectual property

The case was heard at the High Court, London during January 2012

06 - Sahara Force India F1 Team10 - Team CaterhamFollowing the publication of Team Lotus wind tunnel model pictures in November 2009, Force India Formula One Team lodged a complaint with the Criminal Court in Italy and subsequently commenced civil proceedings in the UK High Court, citing concerns in respect of Team Lotus, Aerolab and Mike Gascoyne illegally copying Force India Formula One Team design intellectual property accessed from secure files held at Aerolab. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 13

Team Lotus confirms wind tunnel deal with Williams F1 (updated)

Team Lotus expands wind tunnel program

2011-06-11_03612011-06-11_0294Team Lotus has confirmed today that it is expanding its wind tunnel operations having confirmed a deal with Williams F1 to use one of the Grove based team’s two wind tunnels from September 2011. Team Lotus will now be running a two tunnel programme, with the Aerolab facility in Italy working in conjunction with the Williams F1 site in the UK while work continues on the team’s own wind tunnel at Hingham. When that facility is operational all activity will be transferred to the team’s own site. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 08

Force India says Team Lotus chiefs ‘charged’

Aerolab has also said it is pursuing Force India

London’s high court will not hear a civil espionage case involving the Force India and Team Lotus teams until early next year. Last year, Force India launched legal action against Lotus, its technical boss Mike Gascoyne and Italian wind tunnel Aerolab. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 02

Force India F1 Team media statement

Force India confirms legal action against Lotus, Gascoyne

2010-05-30 - Force India F1 Team - Vitantonio Liuzzi 03The Force India F1 Team confirms it has instigated UK civil proceedings against 1Malaysia Racing Team SDN BHD (a Malaysian company), 1Malaysia Racing Team (UK) Limited (Lotus Racing’s parent companies), Michael Gascoyne and Aerolab SRL. Force India also confirms that a complaint for disclosure of confidential information was filed in December 2009 with the competent authorities in Italy and that investigations are being conducted. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 01

Lotus plays down Force India ‘spy scandal’ reports

Lotus on Tuesday distanced itself from claims it is involved in a new formula one ‘spy scandal’.

2010-05-30 - Lotus F1 Racing - 03It emerged last November that Force India was concerned a wind tunnel model of new team Lotus’ 2010 car strongly resembled its own 2009 racer. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 12

Toyota would sell 2010 car design – report

It is also believed that the car design of the rejected 2010 entrant Lola is for sale

Toyota-TF109-08Toyota’s completed 2010 formula one car design, codenamed the TF110, is reportedly available for purchase by other teams. The French newspaper Le Parisien said that despite the Japanese manufacturer deciding to pull out of F1 immediately, its Cologne based team had designed a car for next season. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 09

Boss says Lotus not involved in F1 espionage dispute

Mike Gascoyne, now working with Lotus, has denied any wrongdoing

The new Lotus F1 team has moved to distance itself from claims its 2010 car is improperly based on Force India’s design of this season. It has been reported that the wind tunnel model being used by the Italian Aerolab facility to design the aerodynamic shape of the 2010 Lotus is the same as the 2009 Force India. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 06

Aerolab slams F1 spy scandal ‘rumours’

“These rumours are designed only to tarnish the company’s reputation”

Aerolab has hit back at claims it and the new Lotus team may be breaching Force India’s intellectual property. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 04

Lotus/Force India in new F1 spy scandal

A new formula one espionage scandal is threatening to erupt

Switzerland’s Motorsport Aktuell reports that Force India is concerned that the wind tunnel model of Lotus’ 2010 car strongly resembles the Silverstone based team’s current VJM-02. Read the rest of this entry »