January 26th, 2015
Lotus has released images of the new Mercedes-powered E23 Formula 1 car that it hopes will get it back in the hunt for podiums. On the back of a disappointing 2014 campaign, the Enstone-based outfit has switched engine manufacturers for this year. It also spent much of last season consolidating its finances and restructuring its technical organisation so as to ensure that it returned to form this season. The new car is most obviously different from its predecessor in featuring a more standard nose – after Lotus ran a now-outlawed twin-tusk concept in 2014. Lotus has also done a lot of work in refining its suspension, after taking a big hit last year when FRIC (Front-to-Rear Inter-Connected) systems were banned. The E23 is on course to get its first track [...]
by Justin Sutton on May 8th, 2014
On October 1st 1967 at Watkins Glen it was the other Ford powered Lotus of Graham Hill that sat on pole position on a beautiful, sunny day in central New York State. Jim Clark was starting from second place and even lost a position on the opening lap to American driver and race winner Dan Gurney. Back then Turn One was actually Turn Eight, and the layout was different as well. The crowd was blessed with names like John Surtees and Jack Brabham and Bruce McLaren, although 11 of the 18 drivers actually retired from the race. In the end Jim Clark won by six seconds from Hill, and he would go on to win in Mexico as well, but a number of retirements earlier in the season meant third [...]
by Katier Scott on July 1st, 2013
Erstwhile champion Gernot Fritsche firmly cemented himself as favourite for the 2013 S2 Classic Teams Championship title with a solid performance at a low participation week at Sonoma Raceway. The former CTC winner led the way with 166 points on his way to second overall and while he is still nearly 50 points behind his Lotus team mate, two early ‘drop scores’ mean he is well and truly in the driver’s seat. Michel Dudognon continued a very strong season with 151 points, 15 down on Fristche, but will need to pull the proverbial rabbit out of the hat to take the title. Continuing a strong season Kevin Law nearly beat Fritsche with 164 points surging up nine places in the process to 21st overall and with three dropped scores, the [...]
by Katier Scott on March 26th, 2013
For Round Seven of the Lotus Classic Teams Championship the field remained in Belgium, moving from the classic Spa circuit to the confines of Circuit Zolder. Most famous as the venue where the legendary Gilles Villeneuve lost his life, this circuit represents a huge contrast to the week before. With three tight chicanes and a hairpin, the average speed is a lot lower than at Spa and the chicanes’ curbs can easily cause a car to spin, so incidents are common around this tricky and technical track. Once again Nicklas Lindqvist took it all in stride, scoring heavily and extending his championship lead but, in his wake, the battle for second looks to be getting more intense week on week. Ferrari’s Gernot Fritsche once again failed to score more than [...]
February 6th, 2013
Romain Grosjean set the pace on the second day of pre-season Formula 1 testing at Jerez, while Lewis Hamilton’s first outing for Mercedes was cut short by a crash. Lotus driver Grosjean, who led the way in the morning , went faster on a series of short runs on the soft tyre in the afternoon
October 19th, 2012
American racing legend Mario Andretti will demonstrate a Lotus Formula 1 car at the opening of the new Austin grand prix venue in Texas on Sunday. The Circuit of the Americas will host its first F1 race on 18 November, and is being officially opened this weekend.
by David Roberts on July 5th, 2012
Tasman Series: Oulton Park The Tasman Round of the Classic Teams Championship runs on a Friday night down under time (12.30 GMT) and, as well as being an official CTC Round, it also has it’s own traditional style points score (9,6,4,3,2,1) counting towards the officially sanctioned Aus/NZ Classic Lotus Championship (Refer: http://statmonkey.is-a-geek.net/ilom/leagues) The Championship is open to all sim-racers regardless of their location. Round 9 at Oulton Park saw International CTC Championship contenders Hachez, Henry, Poole and Fernandez join the local field at Oulton Park. Qualifying Schwecke took the all important pole position at Oulton Park fairly convincingly in his ATS from current championship leader Roberts’ Interscope. Third on the grid was Jeppesen, making an impressive return having missed the last couple of rounds. Fourth was fastest of the internationals [...]
by David Roberts on June 29th, 2012
Classic Teams Championship: Round 8, Road Atlanta The drivers were all pleased to see the 2.54-mile sweeping layout of Road Atlanta back on the schedule and the venue for Round 8 of the Classic Teams Championship. This week there were 64 drivers, just 4 less than at the last round, and 14 official races over the four days. Over the weekend was also an iRacing Q&A event featuring the Lotus ‘79. This has led to an influx of drivers to the series over the weekend. Madom F1 had new recruit Pedro Marques, John Surtees Garages provided a car for Jason Dunfee and JC Racing returned to the track with Thomas Elliot. Missing from Road Atlanta were all three Alfa Romeo drivers, Michael Schmidt’s Lotus, Roland Seigl’s Rebaque and Brabham’s Dan [...]
by David Roberts on May 15th, 2012
Unchanged in layout since it opened back in 1955 Elkhart Lake features many elevation changes, along with a very high speed front stretch and the famous Kink in the middle of the back stretch. In other words, an ideal venue for the Classic Teams Championship contenders to stretch their legs. It was also the site for four new drivers to join the circus this week making a total of 75 point scoring competitors in the first two weeks. This week saw 17 races gain official status with Sunday again providing the main race of the week with 44 starters. Drivers spent the week searching for the perfect balance between speed and grip, most running a much lower downforce setup than they did last week at The Glen. Once again the [...]
January 10th, 2011
The Formula One field heads toward the first turn of the Suzuka Circuit at the start of the 2010 Japanese Grand Prix. (Steve Etherington Photo) BLOOMINGTON, Minn.
November 16th, 2010
GET UP AND GO: The Formula One field leaves the starting grid on the frontstretch at the Yas Marina Circuit during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Sunday afternoon. (Steve Etherington Photo) ABU DHABI — Sources tell National Speed Sport News that Williams has signed a two-year contract with 2010 GP2 champion Pastor Maldonado, but he might not necessarily drive for the team.
October 3rd, 2010
TOKYO — When is a Lotus not a Lotus? It looks like former Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Dr.
September 28th, 2010
SINGAPORE — Team Lotus will be back in Formula One now that Tony Fernandes has bought the rights to run his team under the famous banner used by founder Colin Chapman.
May 3rd, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The teams will meet in Barcelona next weekend to discuss which tire supplier they will want to take over from Bridgestone in 2011
February 15th, 2010
JEREZ, Spain — Lewis Hamilton set the best overall time during the four-day test at Spain’s Jerez circuit. In all, 10 teams tested with Red Bull, Virgin and Force India joining the ranks of the seven teams that had already run their 2010 cars at the Valencia test the previous week. Hamilton’s time of 1:19.583 in the McLaren MP4-25 was not a one-lap qualifying special as it came on the third tour of a five-lap run