Rene Binder and Roy Nissany have joined the Lotus squad for the refreshed Formula V8 3.5 championship in 2016.
Lotus, who finished runner-up in both the teams' and drivers' championship last year, maintains its commitment in the series after it was rebranded as Formula V8 3.5 having lost Renault as a partner.
The team has signed Austrian 24-year-old Binder, who has spent the past three season in the GP2 Series, and Nissany who switches from Tech 1 Racing after a successful rookie campaign in the championship last year.
Team principal Antonin Charouz helped guide Matthieu Vaxiviere to three race wins and seven additional rostrums to take second place in the championship last year and is confident of more success in 2016.
“2016 will be a great year. The series has a new name but we are still motivated to fight for the title,” Charouz said. “We chose two really committed drivers and I'm sure we will show our potential in the nine rounds on the schedule. We worked really hard during the winter, and we are ready to be back on-track more determined than ever.”
Binder, who made his debut in the series at the Nurburgring for Pons Racing last year, is thrilled to switch to FV8 3.5 after a frustrating time in GP2 and is certain he can make a bold impression on the championship.
“I am delighted to have reached an agreement with Lotus Charouz for the upcoming season,” Binder said. “After three disappointing years in GP2, I am really motivated for great results. I think the team can help me to achieve this results and I totally trust them for the preparation of the car.
“We met a few weeks ago but we always had a great feeling. I ran only one race last season, but I have to find the right chemistry with the Michelin tires and there are also a couple of tracks I've never raced before.”
Nissany claimed a maiden rostrum in the championship last year in race two at the Red Bull Ring on his way to 13th in the drivers' championship and is keen to make a step up in 2016.
“I'm so proud and happy to join the Lotus squad. I felt really comfortable with the car and all the crew during the winter test in Barcelona,” Nissany said. “I can't wait to be back in that car, and it was a great experience. The team has been great as well so I really want to be back on track soon.”