IndyCar » Lotus confirms split with BHA and DRR

The Lotus motorsports group has confirmed that it has released IZOD IndyCar Series teams Bryan Herta Autosport and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing from their engine supply deals.

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DGAS - Unregistered

April 25, 2012 12:21 AM

Oz, that old saying about Lotus.. Lots Of Trouble Usually Serious. There is a reason they are a small niche brand and that's it. But seriously they just don't have the resources to come close to Honda and Chevy and now they are struggling to supply 3cars is just crazy. They entered a year too early in my view.

David Chaste - Unregistered

April 25, 2012 3:02 PM

They are spread too thin in motorsport. 5 cars in total sponsored in ALMS and WEC. Formula 1, and then Indy.

I wish Bourdais' team (Dragon) had switched also so I could see him racing at the front again. But I hear he is getting a very handsome keep, so i guess i shouldn't be too concerned about him.

KGBVD - Unregistered

April 25, 2012 3:23 PM

These guys p*** me off.
They are a circus in F1 (not the Enstone-based Genii owned team, but their corporate nonsense led by the idiot-in-chief Bahar). It's pathetic to see manufacture branding on a car that has nothing to do with them (*ahem, Lotus, Tata, Infinity, Lada). And as 'racers' in Indy they have obviously not got the goods. They should be thoroughly embarrassed and pull out.

Lotus being a 'niche British sportscar company'? Please. How about a Malaysian conglomerate subsidiary that is about as British as a fried egg on rice.

Why couldn't they have destroyed the 'Proton' name rather than 'Lotus'? The only way forward, to save a scrap of dignity for the 'Lotus' is for Proton to end it (all of it).


April 26, 2012 9:06 AM

It's hard to think of a manufacturer entry into a championship which has been such a dramatic failure, not to mention PR disaster. Believing they had the resources to take on two of the world's biggest car companies, supplying half as many teams as intended, being rejected by the team they sponsored last year, failing to supply their teams with any engines for a crucial test, and now trying to dodge out of their contracts. This is almost as bad as the Team Lotus v Group Lotus fiasco in F1.

Piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

April 26, 2012 1:32 PM

MartinJSUK don't forget Porsche F1 with Footwork. so it doesn't just happen to 'niche' manufacturers. Oh and then there was Alfa Romeo F1 with Ligier (I think), ended by Rene Arnoux's rather too candid assessment of the engine 'C'est Merdre' (I paraphrase)

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