Tag Archive: Group Lotus

Jul 07

Kolles denies Caterham owner speculation

Caterham is the latest hotbed of formula one rumours.

IMG_2344Because the true identity of the team’s new owners has not been disclosed, plenty of speculation is flying around.

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Oct 28

Lotus team to sell to ‘Malaysian’ – rumour

There are paddock rumours that F1 team Lotus’ owner Genii may soon be sold.

05 - Lotus F1 Team2012-10-14 - Lotus F1 Team - Korea - Kimi Raikkonen 01The German language Speed Week said it has heard that the likely buyer is from Malaysia. In 2010 and 2011, Malaysian entrepreneur Tony Fernandes’ Caterham team was called Lotus, until a resolution was found to the F1 naming dispute with Group Lotus. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 07

Genii, the private equity fund that owns the Lotus team, is looking into investing EUR 500 million in the world of football

Lotus owner Genii to spend big on football

2012-06-10_1378Eric Lux - Genii CapitalTeam owners Gerard Lopez and Eric Lux are eyeing five second-tier European clubs as well as a dozen player agencies, academies and media rights companies, the Financial Times reports.

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Jun 18

Bahar to sue Lotus owner over sacking – report

Dany Bahar, the sacked boss of former Lotus F1 Team sponsor Group Lotus, has reportedly decided to sue the struggling sports car maker.

Toyota - Lotus - Dany Bahar - Akio ToyodaLotus logo 2011-12-13The Turkish born Swiss was dismissed at the end of an investigation by Lotus’ owner DRB-Hicom into Bahar’s conduct. That was amid rumours Bahar used Lotus funds to extensively refurbish his several houses. The Swiss newspaper Bilanz reports that Bahar is filing a suit in London’s High Court for wrongful termination.

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Jun 10

Bad news chasing Lotus team at present

There is little good news to report about the Lotus F1 team at present.

Lotus logo 2011-12-13Toyota - Lotus - Dany Bahar - Akio ToyodaThe UK financial website thisismoney.co.uk reports that the Enstone based team has recorded a $32 million pre-tax loss for last year.

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Apr 26

F1 owner Genii considers buying Group Lotus

Rumours that F1 team owner Genii is contemplating buying the Group Lotus sports car company are continuing to gain steam.

2011-02-03 - Genii Business Exchange 2Group Lotus plcThat is despite Genii’s Gerard Lopez confirming recently that the Enstone based team has ended its sponsorship deal with the carmaker, even though the team will continue to carry the Lotus name. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 12

Proton has rights to buy into Lotus team

Proton, the Malaysian carmaker, has an option to buy 10 per cent of the F1 team that bears the name of its sports car marque Lotus.

Proton2012-02-05 - Lotus F1 Team - Launch 03Rumours about Group Lotus’ health ramped up this week after it emerged that its title sponsorship of the Genii-owned Lotus team has been “terminated”. Group Lotus responded angrily to the subsequent speculation, albeit admitting it is grappling with “problems”. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 10

Lotus to keep F1 name until at least 2017

F1’s Enstone based team will keep the ‘Lotus’ name until at least 2017.

2012-03-24 - Lotus F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Kimi Raikkonen 002012-03-24 - Lotus F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Kimi Raikkonen 01It emerged late last week that the sponsorship agreement between the team formerly known as Renault, and the Proton-owned carmaker Group Lotus, has ended. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 06

Group Lotus no longer Lotus team sponsor

Group Lotus will no longer sponsor the formula one team that bears its name.

2012-03-14 - Lotus F1 Team - 03Lotus LogoBut – as F1’s perpetually bizarre ‘Lotus’ saga takes another twist – the Enstone based team, formerly Renault, will continue to be known as Lotus in the coming years. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 07

Sauber’s Key headed for Le Mans with Lotus

Sauber’s departing technical boss James Key appears headed for Lotus.

2010-04-17 - BMW Sauber F1 Team - James Key 0205 - Lotus F1 TeamOn the eve of its 2012 car launch, the Swiss team announced that it will not replace the departing Briton Key, who has accepted an offer to work in the UK. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 31

Lotus will power Lola LMP2 coupe for the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship

Lotus take on LMP2
Kodewa and Lotus choose Lola LMP technology for 2012

Lotus Lola LMP2 Group Lotus plcCompeting under the team name Lotus with a Lotus engine housed in a brand new Lola LMP2 coupe the team will contend the 2012 FIA WEC which kicks off in Sebring on March 17th. The team of Kodewa, which is running the programme, comprises of experts with a vast pedigree in not only endurance racing but also F1, DTM and lower formulas.

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Jan 27

Raikkonen puts rally hobby on hold for Lotus

Kimi Raikkonen has admitted he will sideline his rallying hobby now that he has returned to formula one full-time.

Kimi Raikkonen test Peugeot2012-01-23 - Lotus F1 Team - Kimi Raikkonen 04F1’s 2007 world champion moved to world rallying two years ago after losing his Ferrari seat. In the meantime, Lotus (formerly Renault) struggled last season in the wake of lead driver Robert Kubica’s horror injuries sustained in a minor Italian rally.

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Jan 10

Lotus ART will have a new name

With the colours that  brought glory to the  auto brand, Black and Gold.
Lotus GP Logo
GP3 - Lotus ART - Valtteri BottasLotus  ART  will  have  a  new  name,  but  the  identity  and  values  of  the  team  remain  the same. Starting in 2012, and for the upcoming seasons, the team led by Frédéric Vasseur and Nicolas Todt will continue its commitment in the GP2 and GP3 Series championships under  the name  Lotus,  with the colours that  brought glory to the  auto brand, Black and Gold.
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Dec 12

Lotus to give Raikkonen time to shake off rust

“He has maybe taken two years, but we have the time for Kimi as well.”

2011-11-29 - Lotus Renault GP - Kimi Raikkonen2011-11-29 - Lotus Renault GP - Kimi Raikkonen (4)Although Dany Bahar has admitted signing Kimi Raikkonen involves Lotus spending “a big amount of money”, he expects the 2007 world champion to be a bit rusty initially.

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Nov 09

Caterham to keep green and yellow Lotus livery

Group Lotus Plc and PROTON Holdings Berhad, 1Malaysia Racing Team, Caterham Cars and Tony Fernandes

2011-10-29 - Team Lotus - India - 022011-08-28 - Team Lotus - Belgium - 01Proton, Group Lotus, 1Malaysia Racing Team and its owner Tony Fernandes are delighted to announce that the legal dispute in the English Courts relating to the “LOTUS” and “TEAM LOTUS” brands has now ended amicably with the parties agreeing settlement terms earlier this month.

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Oct 13

Proton denies selling Lotus to Renault owner Genii

Group Lotus owner Proton has denied the British sports car maker is being sold to formula one team owner Genii.

Proton2011-02-03 - Genii Business Exchange 2Last week, Lotus boss Dany Bahar failed to quell speculation that Genii, the Gerard Lopez-led owner of the Enstone based Renault team, is poised to take over its title sponsor Lotus.

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Oct 12

Boss not sure Chandhok to race Lotus in India

“My heart would love to see him race there”

2011-08-28 - Team Lotus - Belgium - Karun Chandhok 01BuddhInternational CircuitKarun Chandhok might not be given the wheel of a Team Lotus car to contest his country’s inaugural Indian grand prix later this month. In recent months, it seemed likely that Chandhok – the Tony Fernandes-headed team’s reserve driver – would line up a green-liveried car on the first grid at the new Buddh circuit.

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Oct 08

Bahar not denying Genii to buy into Group Lotus

Group Lotus chief Dany Bahar on Saturday declined to quell speculation the sports car carmaker may be taken over by formula one team owner Genii

Toyota - Lotus - Dany Bahar - Akio Toyoda2011-02-03 - Genii Business Exchange 2It has been rumoured at Suzuka that Lotus, currently the title sponsor of Genii’s Enstone based team Renault, is set to resolve its dispute with rival team Team Lotus. That resolution could lead to Team Lotus becoming Caterham and Renault being renamed Lotus in 2012, pending the consent of the F1 Commission and fellow teams. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 24

Money a factor as Team Lotus eyes 2012 name change

Team Lotus is yet to decide whether to change its official name for the 2012 season and beyond.

2011-08-28 - Team Lotus - Belgium - Jarno Trulli 022011-08-28 - Team Lotus - Belgium - 01In an apparent end to the naming dispute, it was rumoured at Monza two weeks ago that Team Lotus had agreed to instead call itself Caterham, opening the door for Renault to formally adopt the name of its sponsor Group Lotus.

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Sep 23

Lotus to confirm Alesi for 2012 Indy 500

Group Lotus will announce on Friday that Jean Alesi is to contest the fabled Indy 500 next year.

Lotus LogoJean AlesiFrenchman Alesi, a veteran of more than 200 grands prix, is already a brand ambassador for the sports car maker, the Renault title sponsor.

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Sep 20

Good news for Renault amid 2011 ‘difficulties’

Enstone based F1 team Renault plans to have a new driver simulator up and running in time for the 2012 season.

2011-07-30 - Lotus Renault GP - Hungary - Nick Heidfeld 012011-07-24 - Lotus Renault GP - Germany - 01The outfit announced on Monday that the local council has granted permission for the new facility to be situated next to the upgraded wind tunnel. Renault, whose existing simulator was once derided by then team driver Fernando Alonso as no better than a Playstation, said “building work will begin imminently”.

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Sep 15

Boullier admits ‘plan B’ talks with Cosworth

Boss Boullier said the team is “very close” to inking a new engine supply deal with Renault Sport F1.

2011-06-10_1205Renault logoEric Boullier has confirmed reports that the Genii-owned formula one team, currently known as Renault, held recent talks with independent engine supplier Cosworth.

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Sep 11

Fernandes hints at Team Lotus name change

Tony Fernandes has hinted strongly that he will drop the Team Lotus name for his formula one team ahead of the 2012 season.

2011-05-07 - Team Lotus - Turkey - Tony Fernandes - Mike Gascoyne2011-05-21 - Team Lotus - Spain - 02The Malaysian entrepreneur has been locked in a bitter dispute with Renault sponsor Group Lotus but won the legal right to keep deploying the name for his Hingham-based team. But Fernandes, also the owner of the AirAsia airline, has subsequently bought the British specialist sports car maker Caterham and renamed his GP2 team Caterham Team AirAsia.

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Sep 01

Alesi happy with Spa/France alternating proposal

Jean Alesi has welcomed news his native France looks set to rejoin the formula one calendar.

Jean Alesi 2011-05-192001-06-10 - Grand Prix du Canada - 0014It is expected that, three years after Magny Cours dropped off the schedule, France will return in 2013 with a single annual date to be alternated between Paul Ricard and Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps.

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Aug 27

Team Lotus name and logo stays same for now

Speculation reported on Friday about the future of Team Lotus’ identity might have been wide of the mark.

2011-07-24 - Team Lotus - Germany2011-07-09 - Team Lotus - Britain 04The Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat said Tony Fernandes’ outfit will probably be renamed Caterham Team AirAsia for 2012, with the Lotus logos to be dropped as soon as the forthcoming Italian grand prix at Monza.

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Aug 26

Team Lotus to be ‘Caterham Team AirAsia’ in 2012 – report

Tony Fernandes’ formula one team will probably be renamed ‘Caterham Team AirAsia’ ahead of the 2012 season.

2011-07-30 - Team Lotus - Hungary - Heikki Kovalainen 012011-07-24 - Team Lotus - GermanyAnd Turun Sanomat correspondent Heikki Kulta also reports that, as the long naming dispute with Proton’s Group Lotus comes to an end, the Lotus logo will be removed from the green T128 cars with almost immediate effect.

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Jun 23

Judge rejected Group Lotus appeal – Fernandes

“Great day for Team Lotus in court.”

2011-06-12_13552011-05-22 - Team Lotus - Spain - Tony Fernandes 01Renault sponsor Group Lotus has apparently lost the right to appeal the outcome of the recent naming dispute. In London’s High Court last month, Tony Fernandes’ separate Team Lotus formula one outfit won the court action concerning the use of the iconic name and logo. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 18

Renault to keep name, black livery in 2012

The Renault team will keep its current name as well as the black and gold livery in 2012.

2011-06-12_07352011-06-10_0402Sponsor Group Lotus’ chief Dany Bahar met with reporters for lunch on Friday where he said it is possible the Malaysian-owned carmaker will eye ownership of F1’s Enstone based team one day. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 14

Nielsen to leave Renault, Wickham to join

Wickham has been seen at grands prix this season

2011-06-12_05732011-06-12_0828Steve Nielsen has resigned as sporting director at the Renault team, it emerged just before the Canadian grand prix on Sunday. The BBC reported from the Montreal circuit that the Briton, whose tenure in the prominent role takes back to the Flavio Briatore-led period, will stay on board only until September’s Singapore grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 06

Renault hits back at rumours of financial problems

Renault is hitting back at reports of financial problems.

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The rumours emerged during the Monaco grand prix and the Enstone based team’s boss Eric Boullier hinted they might have been started by his predecessor Flavio Briatore, who was making an appearance in the Principality. Read the rest of this entry »

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