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Lotus LMP1 undergoes shakedown

Lotus' new P1/01 LMP1 machine has undergone its first shakedown ahead of a full test and its World Endurance Championship debut in the USA.
Lotus' new LMP1 entry for the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship has undergone a shakedown ahead of its proposed racing debut in the United States.

The car, which is being developed by the Colin Kolles-helmed Kodewa Racing team, will compete under the Lotus banner when it makes its much-delayed first appearance at the Circuit of the Americas in September, round four of the 2014 FIA WEC.

The P1/01 was unveiled for the first time in the run-up to the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours having undergone a significant re-design around a new engine supply, a delay that forced it to skip the opening three rounds of the season.

Nonetheless, the car got its first exploratory run at an airfield this week ahead of its first full test with Thomas Holzer at the wheel, even though the German wasn't named as part of Lotus' driver line-up which comprises of Jean-Christophe Bouchut, Pierre Kaffer and newly-announced Caterham F1 team principal Christijan Albers.

When the Lotus P1/01 does make its debut, it will go head-to-head with the two Rebellion Racing R-ONE entries in the LMP1-L category for top level privateer entries.

Tagged as: Lotus , LMP1 , WEC , P1/01

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