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Lotus F1 goes on the hunt for additional backing as is prepares for entry into the 2010 F1 season

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Johnmansfield

November 13, 2009 10:51 AM

LotusF1 are trying to get Petronas who sponsor Yamaha in Moto GP and BMW in F1 to be their financial backer.
Petronas is Malaysian government owned.
People outside of Malaysia, particularly in Europe have no idea they are Malaysian or what they do!
Lotus on the other hand make cars... Except that this Lotus is not the same as Group Lotus...
It gets complicated!
Why don't Petronas invest in the MUM project (google. Motorsport university malaysia) and invite Lotus F1 to be a technical partner. The world can benefit from the technology transfer. It also raises the Petronas profile and leaves a legacy when the oil runs out?

I am biased. John Mansfield (MUM project leader)

richard

November 13, 2009 11:04 AM

john, most people in europe HAVE heard of petronas, through their sponsorship of bmw and because of their petronas towers. but i doubt that "lotus" have any available money to become a partner to MUM. but good luck anyway!

simon farnworth - Unregistered

November 13, 2009 1:12 PM

It worries me that a company like lotus who have had quite good times financially of late want to go and spend all its money recing cars.....With a lot of main manufacturers pulling out because of the economic climate surly they will see sence before the red mist decends and its too late...DONT GET ME WRONG id love to see lotus back at the front of an F1 race I just dont want to see it at the cost of the entire company going bankrupt and lost forever....
They could put together a chassis and go racing in MOTO 2 for a hell of a lot less money......

richard

November 13, 2009 1:36 PM

simon, good point. yes it does seem inapropriate for a "new team" to enter f1 without having tried out a more junior series, to see if their skills at chassis design etc are up to scratch. maybe this should be a requirement for any future prospective entries. lola are the only ones who proposed entry, that had any previous experience, and even they could not make the transfer to the highest echelon of the sport.

Groagun - Unregistered

November 13, 2009 4:22 PM

Richard and Farnworth, your both wrong. This very simply is NOT Lotus. This is a shady deal using the Lotus name only by Proton Cars, the Malaysian gov. and a consortium of less than reputable individuals and businesses. Lotus Cars and Group Lotus have nothing to do with this farce and have no investment in it.

However, Group Lotus and Lotus Cars are now at the mercy of this debacle. The Lotus name and reputation can and will be dragged through the mud by this bunch of idiots.

Again I call for the powers that be to look much deeper into this farce. When something smells funny, there is something rotten!

This way you get a manufacturer name without the manufacturer being involved.

Fool-basher - Unregistered

November 13, 2009 4:49 PM

Powerline 2008.

What a foolish low shot, Malaysia as I know it could teach us a thing or two about ethics, as for Lotus F1 why not sit back and give them a chance whats your problem dont you like the new world order.....

richard

November 13, 2009 4:59 PM

groagun. ?????????. where have i EVER said that this lotus has anything to do with the true team lotus?? i have ALWAYS deplored the hijacking of their name. what i am saying in my last post, was that if "lotus" (the new group calling themselves that) wanted to enter f1, they should have been required to build a car for a lower formula and to prove their ability to compete. then they might be taken seriously as a new team, but still not the TRUE lotus.

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