Tag Archive: Colin Chapman

Apr 10

Still some ‘gentlemen’ in F1 – Sauber

There are still some “gentlemen” in F1, team boss and owner Peter Sauber insists.

2012-02-07 - Sauber F1 Team - Sauber C31-Ferrari - Jerez - Peter Sauber 032012-03-24 - Sauber F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Sergio Perez 05Amid the recent F-duct debate, it was suggested that Mercedes’ Ross Brawn had broken a teams’ ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ that the technology should not be pursued. Read the rest of this entry »


Apr 27

No name change for Team Lotus yet

Tony Fernandes said the move is to give his formula one team a “commercial arm” in the sports car world.

Team Lotus Entreprise logo2011-03-26 - Team Lotus - Australia - 02Team Lotus did announce a tie-up with specialist British sports car maker Caterham Cars on Wednesday, but not the expected change of name. Read the rest of this entry »


Apr 27

Team Lotus Enterprise today announces that it has purchased British sportscar maker Caterham Cars.

The Perfect Partnership

Team Lotus Entreprise logoCaterham cars logoThe acquisition by Tony Fernandes, Kamarudin Meranun and SM Nasarudin, the men behind the Team Lotus Formula 1 squad, from the shareholder consortium led by Corven Ventures, will see the legendary lightweight sportscar manufacturer expand its brand profile and product family. Read the rest of this entry »


Apr 21

Team Lotus owner Fernandes to buy carmaker Caterham – report

Team Lotus could be set to tie up with Caterham Cars, a famous British specialist sports car marque.

2011-04-16 - Team Lotus - China - Bernie Ecclestone - Tony FernandesSky News City’s business editor Mark Kleinman, who broke the News Corp/Slim takeover reports, said the F1 team’s boss Tony Fernandes is likely to confirm next week that he has bought the Lotus-linked manufacturer. Read the rest of this entry »


Mar 17

Jeremy Shaw: The sounds of Sebring

A soundtrack of sports cars stirs the mind like no other

ALMS Sounds_1ALMS Sounds_2The sights, the sounds and even the smells that abound at a major auto race provide much of the allure for seasoned aficionados and inquisitive newcomers alike. Read the rest of this entry »


Jan 13

Dubai 24 hour race sees the return of Lotus and the Mansell family name to the race track

Lotus and Mansell: Friends Reunited

Lotus LogoNigel Mansell 001-201031 years after Formula 1 World Champion Nigel Mansell made his F1 debut in a Lotus courtesy of Colin Chapman’s eagle eyed talent spotting, his sons Leo (26) and Greg (23) get behind the wheel of the new Lotus Evora GT4 Endurance. The two Mansell boys join Lotus GT factory driver Johnny Mowlem, WTCC driver Stefano D’Aste and Gianni Giudici to take on the gruelling endurance challenge of the Dunlop Dubai 24 hour race which starts on Friday (14 January). Read the rest of this entry »


Dec 02

F1 sponsorship for Group Lotus makes no sense – Gascoyne

Group Lotus did not comment.

2010-10-10 - Lotus F1 Racing - Mike Gascoyne 012010-11-13 - Lotus F1 Racing - Jarno Trulli 02A frustrated Mike Gascoyne has admitted he is not sure Team Lotus will race to the 2011 grid with that name. Even though the separate Group Lotus is contesting team boss Tony Fernandes’ plans, his application to be called Team Lotus in 2011 has for now been accepted by the FIA and Bernie Ecclestone. Read the rest of this entry »


Nov 10

Lotus’ prize-money in doubt due to naming dispute?

Hunt hopes Fernandes’ side wins the day.

2010-11-06 - Lotus F1 Racing - Heikki Kovalainen 32010-11-06 - Lotus F1 Racing - 1The F1 team currently known as Lotus might forgo its official Concorde Agreement prize-money for finishing the 2010 championship in tenth place if it is forced to enter next season with a completely different name. Read the rest of this entry »


Oct 09

Report – F1 team Lotus loses support of Chapman family

Tony Fernandes has reportedly lost the support of Clive Chapman.

2010-05-16 - Lotus F1 Racing - Tony Fernandez 1The news was reported by the well-known French commentator Jean-Louis Moncet in his latest Auto Plus column. He said he received the information from “a very good source” at Lotus Cars. Read the rest of this entry »


Sep 27

Proton’s clarification on the purchase of “Lotus” brand by Tony Fernandes

Proton’s clarification on Lotus brand

ProtonGroup Lotus plcThere is and always has been only one Lotus, the Lotus started by Colin Chapman. From the beginning Lotus made road cars and raced racing cars. Until 1994, Group Lotus, the road car manufacturer and Team Lotus, which operated the Formula 1 team, were in common ownership with common directors. In 1994, Team Lotus failed and Lotus has not raced since. Since 1994, David Hunt has claimed to have acquired assets of Team Lotus, including its name, from the liquidator. Read the rest of this entry »


Sep 24

Group Lotus not interested in F1 team – Fernandes

The door is always open” – Fernandes

Group Lotus plcTony Fernandes on Friday admitted he would like Group Lotus, the Proton-owned maker of British sports cars, to be involved with his formula one team. But in reality, Lotus Racing – Fernandes’ entirely separate Malaysian-owned outfit – and Norfolk based Group Lotus, seem to be moving even further apart. Read the rest of this entry »


Jun 23

Lotus Racing reaches landmark race in Valencia (Part I & II)

500th Grand Prix For Lotus Marque

2010-06-13 - Lotus F1 Racing - 02The European Grand Prix in Valencia, the ninth race of the 2010 FIA Formula One™ World Championship, is the 500th Grand Prix Lotus has competed in, an historic landmark in the Lotus legend. Lotus Racing will be celebrating this incredible milestone with Colin Chapman’s son Clive, who, with his family, will be representing one of the greatest names in Formula One™ history. Read the rest of this entry »


Feb 13

No Malaysian move for new Lotus team yet

Lotus has put on hold plans to relocate in the near future to Malaysia.

2010-02-12 - Lotus F1 Racing - Fairuz Fauzy - Heikki Kovalainen - Jarno Trulli 01When the new team’s official entry was confirmed last September, the FIA said Lotus’ plan was to be based at the Sepang circuit. Read the rest of this entry »


Feb 12

Lotus launch ‘solid’ 2010 car called T127 (+photos)

New team Lotus’ formula one car for the 2010 season is called the T127.

2010-02-12 - Lotus F1 Racing - 03Coloured deep green with yellow trim in recollection of the famous British name’s evocative history, the Malaysian-owned team launched the car in London on Friday evening. Read the rest of this entry »


Feb 12

Cosworth continues Jerez test with AT&T Williams and Virgin Racing (+photos)

New Lotus-Cosworth officially unveiled to the world

09 - Lotus F1 RacingCosworth has continued pre-season preparations with two of its customer teams in action at the Circuito de Jerez in southern Spain this week. Read the rest of this entry »


Feb 07

Lotus fires up 2010 car, set for Tuesday shakedown

The Cosworth engine in the rear of the first completed 2010 Lotus car has been fired up.

LotusThe new Malaysian-backed, Norfolk (UK)-based team announced recently that the single seater will be launched at London’s Royal Horticultural Hall this coming Friday. Read the rest of this entry »


Jun 07

Team Lotus set for F1 return with Litespeed

Granted permission to use the Team Lotus name in 2010 and beyond

LitespeedEven without current grandees like Ferrari and McLaren, formula one could potentially have yet another famous name on the 2010 grid. Read the rest of this entry »