H Lotus ανακοίνωσε ότι ετοίμασε νέα αγωνιστική ομάδα kart έτσι ώστε να συμμετέχει στο παγκόσμιο πρωτάθλημα CIK-FIA World Karting Championship του 2012. H ομάδα είναι η Jefra Racing με έδρα την πόλη Treviso της Ιταλίας. Δύο καρτ θα έχει η ομάδα, το Colin C30 και το Jimmy C32 τα οποία έχουνε κατασκευαστεί από την Wildkart πάνω στα σασί KF και KZ. H Lotus γίνεται ο πρώτος κατασκευαστής που μπαίνει στο πρωτάθλημα kart και ευελπιστεί ότι θα ανακαλύψει ταλαντούχους νεαρούς οδηγούς.

Στα σχετικά νέα, η Proton, η εταιρία από την Μαλαισία που είναι ο ιδιοκτήτης της Lotus, εξέδωσε δελτίο τύπου και ανέφερε ότι η Lotus δεν πουλιέται στην Genii Capital του Gerard Lopez, όπως είχε κυκλοφορήσει πριν από λίγες ημέρες. Και τα δύο δελτία τύπου μπορείς να τα βρεις στη συνέχεια.

[Πηγή: Lotus, Proton]

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Group Lotus Goes Grassroots

With an official entry into the CIK-FIA World Karting Championship 2012, Group Lotus is determined to discover new talent.

With the move into karting Group Lotus becomes the first car manufacturer to have a presence at the entry level of motorsport and provides a very special opportunity for early talent spotting. Some of today’s most famous and successful motorsport personalities cut their teeth in karting – the newly crowned FIA F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel is the perfect example of the benefits of early driver development as are his peers, fellow former World Champions Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.

But Lotus isn’t just interested in spotting the driving talent of the future, the potential to work with young people showing an aptitude for design and engineering is recognised as a very special opportunity for Lotus.

Competing under the ‘Lotus Racing Karts’ banner and forming part of the Lotus Motorsport division, Lotus Racing Karts will field a factory backed team, operated by Jefra Racing out of its headquarters near Treviso, Italy. With a formidable racing pedigree spanning over 40 years, Jefra Racing has competed in many classes of motorsport. Lotus hopes that this invaluable experience teamed with leadership from Team Manager Franc Jerancic will form the basis of a truly competitive team.

And Franc Jerancic is the man to impress – talent spotted and recruited by him will have all the latest homologated material at their disposal, including two new chassis models ‘Colin C30′ and ‘Jimmy C32′ giving the Lotus Racing Karts team the edge as they take on the CIK-FIA international karting events for KF and KZ categories and the World Karting Championship for KF1 category.

The production of karts and components is licensed by Group Lotus to Wildkart, specialists in aeronautics precision engineering since 1996 and manufacturer of karts since 2002. Today, Wildcart is regarded as an authority in kart chassis and components, providing services and solutions to many karting suppliers and brands. The fit with Group Lotus is enhanced by the mutual commitment to innovation, technology and development.

“Our entry into karting is exciting on many levels” comments Miodrag Kotur, Director of Operations for Lotus Motorsport. “Not only are we nurturing new talent and widening our motorsport programme, but we also have an opportunity to join forces with two world-class specialists. It is exciting to see Lotus Motorsport grow in such an authentic, fresh and exhilarating way”

Lotus Racing Karts will unveil their 2012 karts at the annual AUTOSPORT International event on the 14th January 2012 at NEC – Birmingham, UK.

Proton Press Release

The alleged moves between Group Lotus and Genii Capital are untrue and that the reports are highly speculative in nature. Proton’s relationship with Group Lotus is as good as it has ever been. Our priority now is to ensure that the Lotus business turnaround plan is executed according to schedule and that both parties are committed to its success.

Proton and Lotus have reached a juncture whereby the market is eagerly waiting for Lotus’ new products and all our energy and efforts have to be channelled towards achieving this critical goal.

However we wish to add, that as a proactive business entity, the Proton Group of Companies will continue to initiate and consider viable business opportunities and arrangements which will benefit and add value to the group’s interest.