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Even without current grandees like Ferrari and McLaren, Formula One could potentially have yet another famous name on the 2010 grid.

After entrants bearing the names March and Brabham - despite having no connection with their founders - lodged paperwork for next year's budget-capped championship, it has now emerged that F3 team Litespeed intends to race under the famed Team Lotus branding.

Litespeed's chiefs Nino Judge and Steve Kenchington worked with the English marque in Formula One; Judge in aerodynamics and structure testing in 1989-1991, and Kenchington on suspension and control systems for 21 years.

They confirmed this weekend that they have been granted permission from rights holder David Hunt to use the Team Lotus name in 2010 and beyond.

"Litespeed was born from a similar British background - a factor that was at the core of Colin Chapman's beliefs and subsequent success," said Judge, who would base the team in Norfolk at a facility used previously for Le Mans projects.

The original Lotus, founded by designer Chapman who died in 1982, was also based in Norfolk .
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Also involved in the new Team Lotus project is well-known F1 engineer Mike Gascoyne, while former Lotus driver Johnny Herbert has been recruited as commercial ambassador and driver manager.

Team Lotus, boasting drivers including Jim Clark, Ayrton Senna and Mika Hakkinen, won 13 drivers' and constructors' titles, and 73 Grand Prix, and last raced in Australia in 1994.

Source: GMM
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well....that was unexpected
who is David Hunt? does he work for Lotus in Hethel?
Otherwise like the story says, its no better than the new march and brabahm proposals

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Guess I've finally found an F1 team to follow!  :thumbsup:

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so as one team is about to come in.... the rest of the party moves on  :waah:


armelo Ezpeleta could be the figure FOTA turns to if the major teams decide to quit Formula One at the end of the year, according to the Spanish sports newspaper Diario AS.

Ezpeleta is the CEO of Madrid-based Dorna Sports, the commercial rights holder of F1's two-wheeled equivalent MotoGP.

Dorna was bought by CVC, F1's current owner, in 1998 but is now controlled by its management.

It has been credited with transferring the rule-making power of the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) to the GP Manufacturers Association (MSMA).
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The newspaper said the Formula One Teams Association has already had contact with Ezpeleta, who would be reportedly willing to take command of a breakaway series should the eight FOTA members decide to create their own.

A few F1 drivers, including double champion Fernando Alonso and current titleholder Lewis Hamilton, have indicated their readiness to follow their teams into a new series.

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Lotus not behind new ‘Team Lotus’

Lotus has gone so far to indicate they are prepared to take legal action if necessary to protect the Lotus name.


Team Lotus and 2010 Formula 1

Group Lotus plc and its subsidiary Lotus Cars Limited, the manufacturer of the iconic Lotus Elise and global high technology engineering consultancy, are not connected or affiliated to, nor in any other way associated with the newly announced “Team Lotus” that has submitted an entry for the 2010 Formula 1 championship. Group Lotus plc will take all necessary steps to protect its name, reputation and brand image.

Lotus will continue to focus on the tremendous worldwide opportunities that exist for its core businesses. Lotus Cars has recently launched the stunning new Evora 2+2 global sportscar to great acclaim and deliveries to the first customers are imminent. The company is pulling all stops to ensure production meets demand. Lotus Engineering, one of the market leaders in automotive green transport solutions, is currently working with many of the world’s vehicle manufacturers on state of the art projects with plans of growth in its international targeted markets such as Malaysia, China, USA and India.


The main operating subsidiary of Group Lotus plc is Lotus Cars Ltd, which has two operating divisions - Lotus Engineering and Lotus Cars. Lotus Engineering is an internationally recognised automotive engineering consultancy based in Norfolk, UK. Global facilities include those in Michigan (USA), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), China and offices in Germany and Japan, with rapid expansion in new territories such as South East Asia.

Lotus Engineering provides comprehensive and versatile consultancy services to many of the world’s OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, offering a full engineering service from initial concept and project design through development and integration of the complete vehicle to meet all worldwide markets and customers to full production. This includes third party ‘niche vehicle’ engineering and manufacture worldwide.

Lotus Cars builds world class, prestige, high performance sports cars for sale in 37 countries. These include the iconic Lotus Elise, and the Exige and Europa. Lotus’ latest model, the Lotus Evora, goes on sale from Spring 2009. Lotus is a global high-tech company, expanding rapidly and committed to driving forward technology for both Lotus Cars and its Engineering clients, spearheading research into such areas as hybrids, electric vehicles and renewable fuels.


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Might be a long shot.

Peter Sauber, the founder and 20% owner of the Hinwil-based Formula One team, has this week been in Malaysia. As previously reported the Malaysian government, already involved with BMW Sauber through its €35m per year sponsorship by the state owned oil company Petronas, might be interested in forming a national Formula One team.

Through the involvement of a Malaysian consortium, it was suggested that the bid could involve either taking over Sauber in the wake of BMW's impending withdrawal, or joining forces with Lotus, Litespeed and Mike Gascoyne in a separate start-up operation.

The new speculation is a combination of the two possibilities: a BMW Sauber takeover with the involvement of the F3 team Litespeed, as well as the well-known F1 engineer Gascoyne and Lotus' new CEO Dany Bahar.

Coinciding with the rumours was the confirmation that Bahar has left Ferrari and will start his new role as Lotus CEO in October.

"I am looking forward to taking on the challenges as CEO of this legendary and iconic company with a peerless motor sport history," said Bahar. "I can't wait to get my plans underway in October."

Lotus is owned by Proton, Malaysia's national car company, and Lotus' current chairman is Malaysian Dato Nadzmi Mohd Salleh.

"With Dany's track record in motorsports and Ferrari, we strongly believe that we have found the right CEO to enhance the Lotus image, brand and reputation as a world class sportscar and engineering company," he said.

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