Lotus has pulled the wraps off its much-delayed LMP1 machine at Le Mans, insisting the new car is on course to make its belated debut in the fourth FIA World Endurance Championship round in the United States.

Set to compete under the Lotus name, but prepared by the German-based Kodewa Racing team, the new P1/01 machine was unveiled during a special launch at Le Mans in the presence of its three drivers Christijan Albers, Pierre Kaffer and Christophe Bouchut.

Stepping up from LMP2 this season, the car was supposed to race from the opening round but a late change of engine from an engine from a V8 to a V6 turbo necessitated a delay that has seen it skip the first two WEC rounds, while it will also miss Le Mans this weekend.

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Despite this, team manager Boris Bermes is certain the car will be ready to compete against Rebellion Racing in the LMP1-L sub-division for the next round at the Circuit of the Americas, which doesn't take place until September.

"It will race in Austin and every race thereafter," he said. "It is a brand-new car, there is nothing carried over from the last car. It is a V6 turbo engine from AER and the car is built by combination of F1 and sportscar manufacturers and it is designed internally by the team. We are going to use the long time to Austin to embark on an intensive testing programme."

Making his return to racing after two years out with personal issues, former F1 driver Christijan Albers is looking forward to getting behind the wheel of a car once again.

"My wife was very ill so I have had to wait for two and a half years to return, but Colin [Kolles] gave me this project and I thought it was a nice opportunity take. I am looking forward to racing again and to hopefully enjoy it."