Lotus name lives on in pact with Pacific

By Jonathan Noble The Lotus name will be kept alive in Formula One this season after it was announced yesterday (Mon) that an alliance has been formed between the Norfolk-based outfit and the Pacific Grand Prix team. The creation of Pacific...

By Jonathan Noble

The Lotus name will be kept alive in Formula One this season after it was announced yesterday (Mon) that an alliance has been formed between the Norfolk-based outfit and the Pacific Grand Prix team.

The creation of Pacific Team Lotus has ended speculation about the famous marque's F1 future, less than a month after team's owner, David Hunt, said that Lotus would be unable to continue in grand prix racing this year.

The partnership will combine the strengths of one of the sport's oldest and most famous teams with one of the youngest. It will enable Lotus to honour their commitments to sponsors and technical partners, and raise the profile of the Pacific team, who endured a difficult debut season in F1 last year.

Hunt, who bought Team Lotus from administrators last October, said: "This is a major strategic partnership with Pacific, aimed at re-establishing the Team Lotus name in F1, and an important step in our plan to create fresh success for it."

Pacific's managing director, Keith Wiggins, added: "This arrangement is very exciting, not only for us but for F1 in general."

The team will be run from Pacific's Thetford headquarters, although Lotus's historical base of Ketteringham Hall will also be used, with many former Lotus staff having already joined the outfit. A pair of Pacific-Ford PR02 cars will compete in this year's championship.

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