The Lotus Renault GP team has been given the green light to start work on building a new simulator at its Enstone base.

Work on the new simulator will begin shortly after West Oxfordshire District Council granted planning permission, with the team aiming to have the simulator up and running by March 2012.

"We're very pleased that planning permission has now been granted and we can begin the latest phase in our development at Enstone," team boss Eric Boullier. "We've already stated the level of our ambition with the upgrading of our wind tunnel from 50 to 60 per cent and the development of our new supercomputer for CFD computer simulations.

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"The confirmation that our simulator is on the way is further evidence of our continued investment for the future."