IndyCar » Lotus confirms end of IndyCar involvement


Lotus has been released from its contract as an engine supplier to the IZOD IndyCar Series and will not return to the competition in 2013, it's been confirmed.

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KGBVD - Unregistered

December 07, 2012 5:51 PM

@shaken, what do you mean "with greatest respect"?

These guys deserve no respect. The buffoon Bahar and his cronies confused sponsorship with racing from the very get-go, and have now destroyed what was a perfectly good, historical brand.

We can add Lotus to the pile of car companies like Saab and TVR that have been destroyed by ppl in suits.

Kiko - Unregistered

December 07, 2012 8:45 PM

It is a long time since Saab produced anything exciting and cool, and that is the problem. Not the suits. Anybody seriously going to say the Saab 9-5 got them excited?

sodesu - Unregistered

December 07, 2012 9:14 PM

Saabs have been badge-engineered GM platform cars for ages. Since then there hasn't really been any great models, all they ever were able to was make the best of the material and resources given to them. I actually think they did a fine job at that.

Anyway. Lotus, IndyCar. Most embarrassing effort since the Subaru F1 engine?

DGAS - Unregistered

December 08, 2012 1:29 AM

This was never gonna work. The company which was building the engines (Judd engine developments ltd) on behalf of Lotus didn't want to enter till next season as they were only given a few months to get the engine from paper to track. And credit to them for achieving it in the first place so lets not forget that. Lotus screwed up not the engine builders which is a shame cos I think with a year testing and tuning they could have become a decent player in Indycar.

Sir Charles - Unregistered

December 08, 2012 1:39 AM

Too bad this didn't work out, but Lotus going against Chevrolet and Honda was David vs Goliath. Lotus needed to increase Judds funding by many times to even have a chance.

Ford would be a perfect fit, but the rumor is Alpha Romeo joining the series.

David Chaste - Unregistered

December 08, 2012 1:48 AM

The engine competition in Indycar was simply much stronger than they anticipated. Honda and Chevy put in some major resources.

Lotus doesn't even make the engines for their road cars. They just modify and tune toyota blocks.

Their parent company Proton only makes economic to mid-level range cars.

One thing they can be proud of though is that their sponsorship of the F1 and Rebellion sports car teams are very solid and have yielded good results.

I think now that the Rebellion team will be racing in the ALMS they should pull out the Evora from GTE racing in the ALMS as well, and just focus on the F1 and LMP1 racing programs. Consolidate all their strengths on strong programs, instead of being stretched too thin.

Kiko - Unregistered

December 08, 2012 12:08 PM

David, I think Lotus see the Evora program as very important to the Road market, which as we all know is what is truly important to Lotus' survival.

The single make Lotus series I saw on Motors TV seemed alright, perhaps a promotion of those series into other nations would be a better move than competing against works budgets in the ALMS and GT?

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