Lotus showed off its F1 2010 race car for the first time on home soil yesterday at a special 'homecoming' celebration in Kuala Lumpur ahead of this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix.

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Youth and Sports minister Dato' Ahmad Shabery Cheek were at the event to see race drivers, Jarno Trulli, Heikki Kovalainen and Fairuz Fauzy, unveiled the stunning green-and-yellow car for the first time to their Malaysian fans.

They were joined by Lotus Racing deputy team principals SM Nasarudin and Dato' Kamarudin Meranun, Proton Holdings Berhad Group MD Dato' Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohd Tahir, as well as Sepang International Circuit chairman Dato' Mokhzani Mahathir.

"This is truly the proudest moment for all of us to be here right in the heart of our capital city Kuala Lumpur, sharing this moment with all Malaysians," said SM Nasarudin.

"This is the much awaited homecoming for Lotus Racing, as this is the first time that the Lotus Cosworth T127 cars are on Malaysian soil. There is nothing like being on your own home ground.

"We expect the race in Sepang this weekend to be another exciting outing for Lotus Racing. Heikki's finish, just three places away from earning our first point in Melbourne, gives us a good boost for the coming grand prix."

The Lotus T127 was on display for one day only, and in addition to launching the Malaysian Chapter of the official Lotus Racing Fan Club, the team also confirmed a sponsorship deal with mobile network, Maxis.

"Maxis is pleased to broaden its sports involvement through the sponsorship of the Lotus Racing Team in F1," said Sandip Das, Maxis Berhad chief executive officer. "This is the pride of the nation and as the leading and most innovative Malaysian Telco, which is also globally respected, we wanted to be a part of this wonderful Malaysia moment."