Lotus ART change name to Lotus GP
10/01/2012 Leave a comment
Lotus ART, formerly ART Grand Prix, have confirmed that from this season their GP2 and GP3 teams will be known as Lotus GP, contemporarily to Lotus Renault GP, formerly Renault F1 Team, becoming Lotus F1 Team, as Group Lotus takes full control of the team, although the engines remain Renault.
Frederic Vasseur: “I am proud and happy to have the chance to give this new boost to the venture and to have the confidence of as prestigious an auto maker as Group Lotus, whose heritage in the sporting world is known worldwide. I am very happy about the sporting and technical prospects this partnership offers our team. It will enable both entities to capitalize on each others’ expertise in order to rise to big challenges in the coming years.”
Claudio Berro: “The relationship between Group Lotus and ART continues to intensify and both parties will benefit from sharing technological developments and engineering support. The partnership goes far beyond an agreement on the team name – this is just the tip of the iceberg. The collaboration between ART and Group Lotus is deeply rooted in the culture and daily life of both entities. For example, Lotus’ road cars, like the Elise and the Evora will benefit directly from the impacts of developments made by the team on the circuit as well as in the factory. The current and future cars will benefit from developments in performance, endurance and stability at high speed and in return, the racing team can draw its inspiration from world-renowned engineering, since Lotus Engineering’s engineers may be assigned to Lotus in the GP2 and GP3 Series.”
See here for a full list of 2012 GP2 teams.