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Team Lotus reacts to High Court decision

Press release issued by Team Lotus following the High Court ruling into the use of the Lotus name in F1
Team Lotus Statement

Team Lotus is very happy that the court case concerning the rights to the Team Lotus name has today come to a positive conclusion and that the team can now focus its full attention on its long-term challenge for honours on and off track.

The decision confirms that Team Lotus is the true owner of the full Team Lotus name and the iconic roundel, establishing in law that the Anglo-Malaysian team is the rightful heir to Team Lotus and all associated goodwill.

Team Principal Tony Fernandes gave his comments on behalf of his fellow shareholders Kamarudin Meranun, SM Nasarudin and the 250 strong workforce based in Malaysia and Hingham, UK: “We are all pleased that it has been clarified that we are the rightful owners of Team Lotus. We have always been confident that the factual evidence we presented would lead to this decision and today's judgment confirms that belief. We are of course disappointed about the decision that Group Lotus was entitled to end the our licence agreement in 2010. We entered into that contract on the basis that we were beginning a long-term partnership with Group Lotus but unfortunately they then used technical breaches of the merchandising pre-notification process to bring the licence and our partnership to an end. However, my fellow shareholders and I are firm believers that when one door closes another door opens. In the early days of our agreement we realised its termination was inevitable and as events have unfolded the end of the licence has proved positive for us, with many new avenues being opened up as a result.

“We wanted to develop a long-term relationship with Group Lotus and help them sell more cars around the world but that door closed and now we are delighted that we can turn our attention to ensuring success for Caterham Cars on the road and Team Lotus on track. These are two very exciting brands and their future development, bringing these two iconic brands together under the Caterham Team Lotus umbrella, will see us introduce new Caterham cars and a range of new Team Lotus brands into the global marketplace. Now our main aim is to build on the solid foundations that has made Caterham Cars the model for how to run a profitable contemporary car company and add more history to the incredible story of Team Lotus over the coming months and years and with the people, spirit, passion and determination we have in both businesses we know that marks the next stage in our incredible story.”


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Tom Richards - Unregistered

May 27, 2011 4:25 PM

Very fair judgement. Although still don't get the whole Team Lotus, Group Lotus thing, it's awkward. Renault should have waited to see if they had full rights before they branded their whole team with black and gold Lotus livery. They tried to use bully boy tactics and it never worked. Result.

beeflin

May 27, 2011 7:47 PM

Team Lotus appear friendly, open and good-humoured and are using Colin's British green and investing in Norfolk. The Enstone team have a confused identity and no friendly face apart from their current drivers, are racing in deathly black tobacco colors, and have no connection to the original Lotus apart from their purchasing power. Whatever happens, Proton have lost the PR war.



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