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For those interested in the Team Lotus vs' Proton saga here is a site with lots of information.


In 1996 after the Malaysian government-owned car maker, Proton,   purchased Group Lotus it was apparently shocked and devastated to learn   that its acquisition did not include Team Lotus, the iconic Formula 1   outfit.  Rather than accepting gracefully that it had made a mistake,   Proton (with Group Lotus, which it now controlled) set about attempting   to damage or destroy Team Lotus whilst simultaneously presenting Team   Lotus's glorious F1 history as its own in an effort to convince the   public that it was true.
In September 2010 at the Singapore Grand Prix it was announced   that Lotus Racing, the new 'Lotus F1 team' on the grid this year, would   from 2011 race as Team Lotus, thus returning the legendary brand to the   F1 grid for the first time since 1994.  The day after the race Proton   issued a statement which was full of falsehoods and misleading   assertions, apparently designed to thwart Team Lotus's return to the   grid and, moreover, lay the ground for political and commercial   pressures unrelated to F1 to be brought to bear on Lotus Racing in order   to force it to 'hand over' ownership and/or control of Team Lotus to   Proton and Group Lotus.
Proton's statement succeeded to the extent that it provoked much   comment in the media and on web blogs which was ill-informed and   inaccurate, thus leading to great confusion in the public domain which   persists to this day.

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