IndyCar » Indy 500: Lotus flops with Alesi early exit

There was no hiding just how poor the performance of the Lotus engines was on ovals at Indianapolis, with Jean Alesi and Simona de Silvestro both ordered into the pits on lap 9.

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OZFan - Unregistered

May 28, 2012 2:58 PM

Everybody knew that the Judd Lotus-branded engine was not up to the level of Honda and Chevy engines. What came as a surprise is how under-developed that engine turned out to be. Real junk. It's been said that it has a deficit of about 100 hp compared to Chevy and Honda.

It would be a surprise to see it again in the back of an Indy car. Pretty sure it wont run again in the series as a Lotus works engine.

They should do the same they do with their road cars. Get Toyota engines and just attach their Lotus badges...


May 28, 2012 4:11 PM

Hard to think of a more embarrassing manufacturer entry to any series. Compare this to how quickly BMW have got to the front in DTM, building and running the entire car, rather than just the engine. Wherever the Lotus name has been seen in racing in recent years there's been under-performance, mismanagement, legal wranglings and management bullying. Has anybody bought a Lotus car on the 'strength' of their racing 'efforts'? Colin Chapman will be turning in his grave.

KGBVD - Unregistered

May 28, 2012 8:05 PM

And now Danny Bahar is suspended (soon to be canned and thrown in jail).

Lotus is a terrible, sad, pathetic excuse for a 'manufacturer' (particularly as they don't seem the manufacure anything they race).

This is exactly what people were worried about when Fernandes founded MF1 as "Lotus Racing", but it looks like Lotus didn't need any help screwing up their brand.

Don - Unregistered

May 29, 2012 1:27 PM

A complete disaster for Lotus. Do they plod along or just hang it up?

I hope they can determine where they're off and add more horsepower. It would be a great comeback story, but don't think it will happen.

Jdcooper - Unregistered

June 04, 2012 3:28 PM

Frankly Jean had no business in the Indy 500. The Lotus cars were included to fill out the field of 33. This was a disaster looking for a place to happen, and I'm surprised that, given his experience, Jean didn't recognize that.

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