F1 » Lotus seeks to end Proton argument

Lotus Racing and Proton meet to discuss the use of the Team Lotus name

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September 30, 2010 2:16 PM

reading between the lines, it appears the fernandes now realises that he has no real right to use the name, and is now trying to broker a deal. if lotus cars are going back into building competition cars, i feel that they would have the moral right to use the name, rather than malaysian f1 who only are using the name lotus, under an apparent 1 year agreed licence.

Patrick - Unregistered

September 30, 2010 3:46 PM

Team Lotus and Group Lotus always were seperate enterties. The name Team Lotus was owned initially by the Chapman family then David Hunt, brother of James. If group Lotus wanted the name they had from 1994 to obtain it. Why now after Lotus Racing have a legal agreement? Proton were happy for Paul and Mike to use the name when Group lotus had no interest in F1. The new CEO has racing asperations. Starting with IRL he now wants to expand into other formula so they now want the name. Lotus Racing have shown respect to the Chapman history and I feel that they have the ability to honour the history.


September 30, 2010 4:06 PM

I agree richard... the one year deal was for a rebranding effort. Nothing more. Hyjacking the name is not going to win him any support. And as you said the other group is building cars with engines from Cosworth and is more than just a rebranding effort. Tony just name the team Malaysian F1 and move on.


September 30, 2010 6:14 PM

roBO1, your comment Lotus building cars with engines from Cosworth is very skimpy and economical, it might be ok for your standard (of cars information) but certainly want help those that are interested in real facts and detail.
The new Lotus/Cosworth partnership includes the supply by Cosworth of high preformance engines for the road cars and future cars also for racing engines for motorsports activities which are based on TOYOTA ENGINES (POWERTRAINS).


September 30, 2010 6:14 PM

alma. thats because i do not see them as true lotus. had they called themselves malaysian f1, there would be no problem, and i could be praising them.

now that you had a go at me, what is your actual input on the thread?


September 30, 2010 6:45 PM

sunny. a new lotus elite was unveiled today in paris. it is powered by a toyota engine which is "charged" (super or turbo, i dont know). it gives 600bhp. i dont know if cossie developed this engine. but cossie are now also producing an impreza cosworth.

Alma - Unregistered

October 01, 2010 7:00 AM

Richard, my post was intentionally nonconstructive, but 5 people do agree with me on what I said. And its not like I was lying by saying that.

Anyway, back on topic. As I said before in other articles, I think Group Lotus wants to run their own F1 team without Tony & Co.

Tony's pros are that he has so far done a good job as a new team. And if the reports are true, Renault is set to supply their engines to Lotus Racing next year. This is great news. And if there's anyone who can bring up a company/team, its Tony, coz he did so with Air Asia.

However, it would be good to see Group Lotus running things too. I mean, they are THE real Lotus.

Best case scenario? If Group Lotus and Tony work together. I have to say I dont like the way Tony is marketing the team as a Malaysian team, when its in fact a British name that they are using. Remove the words '1Malaysia' and stop having all this Malaysian influence to the team, and more people will accept the team. Stop with the Malaysian drivers

Alma - Unregistered

October 01, 2010 7:03 AM

Stop with the Malaysian drivers, dont move the HQ to Malaysia, etc. He isn't marketing it at an international level and I dont understand why. Why is the website lotusracing.my and not lotusracing.com for example? He needs to think on a bigger scale...

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