Huge upgrade for Lotus' Enstone factory
27 August 2012 – A massive overhaul at Lotus’ F1 factory is another reason why the team could be underdogs for the world titles this year. Having already placed much emphasis on their 2013 car, the outfit formerly known as Renault is now able to launch a major attack in the current World Championship season.
All eyes are on Lotus as Formula 1 comes out of its month-long summer break at Spa this weekend. Not only has Lotus changed its development plans for next season, but its ‘Double DRS’ device will be raced for the first time – resulting in huge straight-line speed advantages. On top of this, the factory has received a makeover as well.
“It’s looking very promising,” says Team Principal Eric Boullier. “We used the summer shutdown to perform a comprehensive maintenance and upgrade programme at the factory. This involved the upgrading of a number of production machines and was no small investment. We’ve also made more investments in our wind tunnel and a new gearbox dyno facility is being built.
“These are all substantial developments to improve our performance potential and position ourselves as one of the very best teams in this highly competitive sport…our target is the same; to be better than last year. However, if we continue to show strong pace at every race then maybe we will revise our ambitions!”
After finishing second and third with Kimi Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean in Budapest, Lotus now sits just a single point behind McLaren for second in the championship.