I picked this snap from Twitter of Lotus testing it’s new Lola 12/80 LMP2 car ahead of the World Endurance Championship. Super exciting to see Lotus making more expansive reaches into modern motorsport!
You’re making it hard for me not to like you…
I’ve been pretty busy, so I haven’t had the time to finish some of the posts that I have in the queue. However, I didn’t want you guys to miss out on seeing some exciting Formula 1 news!
Since Kimi Raikkonen is returning to Formula 1 in 2012, Lotus has been able to prepare a pre-race test for the ‘Iceman’. Kimi spent the day driving a 2010 spec car with 2011 Pirelli tires, in order to get used to modern-F1 tires and help the 2007 get back up to speed more quickly.
Thrilling stuff to see a sixth world champion join the F1 Grid this year. I cannot wait for the season to start!
I have a personal dilemma about the Lotus brand. Because of Formula 1, Group Lotus was always labeled as ‘Evil Lotus’ in my mind. (That’s only because I find Team Lotus/Tony Fernandes to be super charming, and Danny Behar’s media branding to be really annoying.)
And there lies my problem. I’m not sure how I feel about the modern-day Lotus brand.
I like that Lotus Motorsport is being involved in IndyCar and rally, while I don’t like them in Formula 1. The classic heritage of lightweight Lotus road cars has always been attractive to me. However that ethos is not really involved in the current design philosophy, which is making the cars larger and heavier.
Therefore, I can’t put my finger on whether I like Lotus or not.
What are your thoughts about Lotus in the modern-era as a manufacturer?