Lotus has confirmed it will expand its motorsport programme still further with an entry into the World Series by Renault.
The manufacturer has joined forces with Gravity-Charouz Racing with the team set to run under the Lotus name but with a Czech licence.
Richie Stanaway and Marco Sorensen will drive the team's two cars with the pair hopeful of fighting for championship honours in an attempt to launch themselves towards F1.
“After entering Formula One, GP2, GP3, the FIA World Endurance Championship and rallying, Lotus has confirmed its brand commitment to motorsport by joining the World Series by Renault,” Lotus Racing director Claudio Berro said. “This is an important project for us. In every series we enter, we have strong drivers, a good background, and we aim to achieve the highest positions.
“Here we have a great driver line-up and are looking forward to an interesting and thrilling season. I think both Richie and Marco have a good chance of getting into F1 in the near future.
“The team was encouraged by their performance and reliability over the course of the post-season tests, which they managed without much experience of the car. We have plenty of confidence in them.”