• Nov 18th 2010 at 6:15PM
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Lotus Cosworth KV Racing IndyCar rendering – Click above for high-res image gallery

IndyCar is about to get a heck of a lot more interesting to both diehard open-wheel fans and casual observers alike. While the current series relies on a single chassis platform (Dallara) and engine supplier (Honda), starting in 2012 a number of engine options and aero packages will be allowed, though the same basic chassis will still be used by all teams (again from Dallara).

Just a short while after Chevrolet announced that it was going to offer a turbocharged 2.4-liter V6 engine for the 2012 season, Lotus chose to officially throw its storied British name into the racing ring with an announcement from the 2010 LA Auto Show. In addition, Lotus will offer its own customized aerodynamics package that should help set Lotus-powered teams apart from the competition.

Lotus and Chevrolet will join Honda, which announced that it will also offer an engine package for 2012 IndyCar teams, and all three teams will be relying on turbocharged V6s displacing 2.4 liters, all running on E85 as per the rule book. Check out the official announcement after the jump.



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IndyCar Adopts The Lotus Position

Lotus supplies engines and aero body kits for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series
In a five year deal starting in 2012, Lotus, the UK based iconic sports and racecar manufacturer, will supply in-house engines and aero body kits for the IZOD IndyCar Series.

Lotus will also create a motorsport facility in Indianapolis giving the company a base in the thick of the action for this exciting and adrenalin filled race series as well as being close to IndyCar engine and aero body kit customers.

Dany Bahar, CEO of Group Lotus said: "Lotus is unique in the automotive world, no other car company has been more successful in such a wide variety of motorsports discipline, whether it is Le Mans, World Rally, Sportscars, F1 of course and IndyCar. This year we teamed up with KV Racing for IndyCar and we will significantly increase our participation next year. However in 2012 IndyCar competitors will have the exciting opportunity to choose an IndyCar with a Lotus engine and aero body kit, immediately become part of a legacy that is Lotus: one of the most innovative and successful sports and racing car brands in the world."

Claudio Berro, Director of Lotus Motorsport said: "The history and DNA of Lotus is all about extracting the most performance out of a car in return for maximum efficiency and we are delighted to offer our engine and aero body kit to the 2012 IndyCar series.

"We will be using the knowledge gained from our extensive research into E85 bio fuel and turbo charged engines to ensure we extract the maximum performance. As you would expect from the company that pioneered aerodynamics in sports car and F1 racing over the years, our aero body kit will also be a world class solution. So all in all, will the 2012 Lotus IndyCar will be as innovative and revolutionary as the Lotus Type 38 that won in 1965 and changed Indy forever? Maybe – we'll have to wait and see!"

Randy Bernard, CEO of Indycar said: "Lotus is a renowned name in racing, with a long association with some of the greatest names of motorsports. We're honored Lotus has chosen to serve as an engine manufacturer for the first time."

The Lotus IndyCar engine will follow the agreed rules, namely 2.4 litre, up to 6 cylinders and turbo charged and producing between 550 and 700 horsepower to suit the diverse set of tracks on which the IZOD IndyCar Series competes. All engines will run on E85 with additional details on the fuel platform to be announced at a later date. Lotus will join Honda (Japan) and Chevrolet (USA) as an engine supplier.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      @Kip, this IndyCar effort is a Lotus Cars project. If you read the press release you will notice that there are some quotes from Dany Bahar ;)

      In 2010 Lotus Cars already sponsored Takuma Sato and the KV Racing team. They will continue to do so in 2011 and from 2012 onwards they will start supplying engines and body kits.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You caught me. I didn't read the press release before posting. And for the life of me, I can never spell that guy's name right. My bad.
      • 4 Years Ago
      First this Lotus is NOTHING to do with the 2010 team called Lotus! The latter is a team formed by Tony Fernandez who owns AirAsia and his F1 team while it has similar owners, to Group Lotus (think road cars Elise etc)the 2 companies are entirely separate. TF "borrowed" the name Lotus for 2010.
      Gorup lotus is now in negotiations to buy out Renault's F1 team so they have basically withdrawn permission for TF's team to use the Lotus name in 2011. Lotta discussions going on re that as there is also a defunct entity called "Team Lotus". But 2 separate Lotus teams in F1 would be ever so slightly messy;)

      Group Lotus(GL). sponsored the Sato driven car in Indycar in 2010 and will do so again in 2011 and rumor is they may expand to 2 cars. KV Racing runs the cars for GL. The main owner in KVR is Kevin Kalkhoven who with Jerry Forsythe bought Cosworth from Ford a few years back.

      Cossie has re-entered F1, using their own brand name and they probably want to re-enter Indycar(IC) but IC officials only want brand name car manufacturers to enter engines. So one guesses that maybe Cossie in discussions re this, if not for either 2012 then 2013. 2013 is coincidentally the year that Ford "might" want to re-enter Indycar.

      Life gets complicated:)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let me sort it out for you guys....since Autoblog isn't excatly a nexus for IndyCar knowledge (nor has anybody since 1996 for that matter).


      "Why is there a Cosworth and Honda sticker on the car?"

      That's a very old rendering. Cosworth never had a sticker on the car (Honda probably bitched about it) this year and won't build the Lotus engine in 2012.


      "Why are these companys investing all this money into the indy car series? I thought a brand new chassis was coming? Did this idea get scrapped? Whats going on?"

      It is coming. The groundbreaking for the new Dallara factory was yesterday. Dallara will build the "Safety Cell", Dallara, Chevy, and now Lotus are confirmed aero-kit body builders.


      Also rumors persist that a FOURTH engine (possibly FIAT/Alfa?) could come as early as 2012 but likely 2013. Ford is also rumored (2013). Cosworth is still a player in all this since they've been in the engine discussion for a while.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My congratulations and thanks to all the posts for staying with the subject matter and no "I hate *******." A pleasure to read and informative.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hate alcohol fires. Almost invisible. Get back to gasoline...and make it pump gas! Not that these cars are anything approaching streetable....
      • 4 Years Ago
      First this Lotus is NOTHING to do with the 2010 team called Lotus! The latter is a team formed by Tony Fernandez who owns AirAsia and his F1 team while it has similar owners, to Group Lotus (think road cars Elise etc)the 2 companies are entirely separate. TF "borrowed" the name Lotus for 2010.
      Gorup lotus is now in negotiations to buy out Renault's F1 team so they have basically withdrawn permission for TF's team to use the Lotus name in 2011. Lotta discussions going on re that as there is also a defunct entity called "Team Lotus". But 2 separate Lotus teams in F1 would be ever so slightly messy;)

      Group Lotus(GL). sponsored the Sato driven car in Indycar in 2010 and will do so again in 2011 and rumor is they may expand to 2 cars. KV Racing runs the cars for GL. The main owner in KVR is Kevin Kalkhoven who with Jerry Forsythe bought Cosworth from Ford a few years back.

      Cossie has re-entered F1, using their own brand name and they probably want to re-enter Indycar(IC) but IC officials only want brand name car manufacturers to enter engines. So one guesses that maybe Cossie in discussions re this, if not for either 2012 then 2013. 2013 is coincidentally the year that Ford "might" want to re-enter Indycar.

      Life gets complicated:)
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Indycar series wants any engine manufacturer they can get. Kevin Kalkhoven is just cheap and wont enter the ring unless he knows he can make a lot of money. IE Yes, Cosworth is doing this engine program make no doubt of it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        f2g

        Well I wouldn't use the word "cheap" to describe KK. Here's a man who spent millions on AOW by buying and running CART/Champcar with Forsythe. He and Jerry also bought Cosworth and lost all AOW contracts (because the then IRL wanted ONLY car manufacturers not a focused racing engine manufacturer) and similarly was PUSHED out of F1 by Bernie's desire for car manufacturers and not a speciality engine company. But now they are back in F1 again. So KK takes a lot of risks with his finances to support the business of OW racing worldwide as well as running his own team with Jimmy Vasser.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why is there a Cosworth and Honda sticker on the car?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Re: cFoo

        We must have been watching two different F1 Championships. Nothing yawn about Vettel coming from behind to win the championship, not to mention Petrov holding off Alonso lap, after lap, after lap
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's just the current livery, with Honda being this year's engine supplier and Cosworth on there as they were the F1 engine supplier this past year for Lotus.

        This just keeps getting better and better. A few weeks ago I was hoping and praying for just a second engine manufacturer, now there are three. Hopefully this is the start of a resurgence of open wheel racing here in the US.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Who cares who is powering this car. It's about damn time we get a legit racing series. Other than the semi interesting scoreboard F1 has been a farce. Even the "championship" race was a yawner.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is the 2010/2011 car and that car has a Honda engine. Cosworth is there because they are a sponsor or something I guess.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Most of you obviously don't know a whole about Indycar and its upcoming changes, so let me break this down for you. As of right now the car that you see pictured is Takumo Sato's 2010/2011 Indycar. Lotus came into the series this year as sponsor for KV Racing Technology's Takumo Sato to kick off for it's future involvement in Indycar and racing as a whole. Cosworth appears on the side of the current Lotus car because Kevin Kalkhoven, part owner of KV, is part owner of Cosworth.

        The chassis (or Safety Cell as Indycar is calling it) is being built by Dallara based on specifications set by Indycar. Body work is allowed to be built by an outside manufacturer who wants to pending design approval and testing. The engine specs are not 100% yet, but as they stand right now, the engines will be stressed, turbo charged, no more than 6 cylinders (meaning that 4cyl engine could run in the series), no more than 2.4 liters of displacement, and will run on E85 fuel. As it stands at this very moment, the 2012 car will be a Dallara chassis, Dallara will also build aero kits. Honda and Chevy will be building their own 2.4 liter twin turbo charged v6 engines. Chevy and Lotus will be building aero kits for the car as well. And Lotus will also be building an engine, which no specs have not been set for that engine yet. All engines and aero kits that are built must be available to any team running in the series, meaning that no one team can be manufacturer sponsored and be the only ones to run with a specific engine and aero kit package.

        Finally, The Lotus that is getting involved with Indycar is Lotus Cars/Lotus Group. They are in no way affiliated with the F1 Lotus team.
        • 4 Years Ago
        AH ok

        Thanks you two. I was thinking who is powering this car lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why are these companys investing all this money into the indy car series? I thought a brand new chassis was coming? Did this idea get scrapped? Whats going on?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The new chassis is indeed coming in 2012 (read the article!) and Lotus will be supplying engines & aerokits. They won't be making the chassis.

        Is it so difficult te read the article?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dallara has factories elsewhere that are working on the chassis currently. The plan is to produce the first round of chassis in Europe so they can be ready in time for the teams to test before the 2012 season. While that is going on, the factory in Indy will be already producing the next round of chassis and continue to do so from there on out. I've been told this through a source at the IMS.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why is Lotus using John Deere livery?

      That green will need to be darker in the mid-West.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They run E85,.....so Deere colors are kinda appropriate.
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