IndyCar » Dragon 'suing Lotus for contractual fraud'

Dragon Racing's relationship with engine supplier Lotus is reportedly ending with legal action by the team, citing "contractual fraud" by the manufacturer.

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May 07, 2012 8:39 PM

Completly stupid that the series freezes engine development when these engines have had NO development, its a farce and ruining what could of been a fantastic season, chevy clearly have a big advantage in power, fuel consumption everything, an lotus engines have had NO development what so ever, how can u expect teams to stay with crap engines when u no they are no allowed to be improved. stupid

Rules are rules - Unregistered

May 08, 2012 7:19 PM

If Honda and Chevy can make competitive engines and Lotus go a cheap route and can't... well then that is just racing!

You can't expect to get performance breaks if you don't spend enough to warrant being there!

An aside - If Lotus did not enter every racing series in the world (practically) then maybe they could have spent more money on development of the dud (sorry Judd) engine.

Ricky - Unregistered

May 09, 2012 2:22 AM

One has to wonder how different things would have been if Lotus wouldn't have ended up in the financial fiasco they've been dealing with. I think more of the blame for their plight lies with their parent company than Lotus themselves.

This certainly has been a PR disaster for them. I wonder if they will not only survive IndyCar & F1, but as a company?

KGBVD - Unregistered

May 09, 2012 3:53 PM

Lotus's problem was/is/has been Danny Bahar. The ex-Ferrari buffoon who wanted to turn Lotus into Proton's Ferrari, and somehow figured that he could buy a motorsporting heritage by sponsoring and licensing teams and engines in every single racing series out there. Instead of, you know, ACTUALLY GOING RACING. What a circus.

Lotus is a farce. The company doesn't even know what they own (couldn't seem to realize that Group and Team Loti aren't the same thing). Now what little racing cred they had remaining has been well and truly obliterated. PLUS, GROUP LOTUS hasn't built a decent car since the Elise, which started development before Proton bought Lotus.

Quite frankly, Proton needs to stop GM'ing Lotus up (SAAB styles) and let the brand die a peaceful, if not long overdue, death.

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