Lotus has agreed a deal that will see it use gearboxes and hydraulic systems supplied by Red Bull Technology for the 2011 F1 season.
A statement from Lotus Racing confirming the move insisted it was the 'next critical building block' as the team seeks to make moves up the pecking order next season, with an announcement still pending over the expected engine supply from Renault.
“The announcement that we have reached a multi-year agreement with Red Bull Technology for the supply of our gearboxes and hydraulics from 2011 is obviously a massive step forward for us, both in engineering terms, and as an expression of our ambitions for next year and for future Championships,” Lotus technical director Mike Gascoyne said. “The gearbox and hydraulics package plays a critical role in the performance of the car, not just on track but in design and packaging terms, and this deal gives our design and aero teams a very exciting platform to work with.
“The removal of the double diffusers in 2011 will allow the whole grid to tighten up the rear bodywork and mechanical structures around the gearbox, and this supply deal will allow us to capitalise on that with our 2011 car. Exciting times lie ahead!”
Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner said he was pleased to see Lotus elect to use his team's package for next season.
"We are very pleased about Lotus Racing's decision to use Red Bull Technology gearboxes and hydraulic systems from 2011," he said. "The fact that Red Bull Technology has been chosen to be a supplier to another team despite its short history demonstrates how much we have achieved since our first season. We very much look forward to working with Lotus Racing from 2011 onwards."