Lotus, we're sorry to say, promised a lot but delivered very little this year in Geneva. But that doesn't mean its show stand was without its eye candy. Feast your eyes on this new LMP2 racer.

Developed by Lola, powered by BMW and set to be fielded by the Kodewa team in the upcoming inaugural season of the FIA World Endurance Championship, this class-two Le Mans prototype may be a Lotus in name only, but it sure looks the part nestled in between the Lotus F1 Team's latest single-seater and the Evora GT sports racer.

That principally comes down to the black-and-gold livery applied to this beast much as it has to all of the company's other racing machinery. But that's no bad thing. See what we mean in the gallery of high-resolution images from the show floor.


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      Go
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is what happens when you take a guy who spent his career selling licensing rights for Ferrari socks and who knows nothing about the actual business of building & selling cars, and put him in charge of a car company (Danny Bahar). He blows the company's resources *buying* sponsorships and naming rights Lotus didn't build their Indy car, their F1 car, this LMP2 racer OR the Evora GTE. It's just an *enormous* waste of money to brand a company with barely any viable products left. So really, what exactly is Lotus now? You know, other than a means of fueling Bahar's ego?
      GasMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Going back to the debut of the Lola Mk 1, which displaced the Lotus 11 as the sports racer of choice, Lotus and Lola have been tooth and nail competitors. To brand a Lola product as a Lotus is heresy, blasphemy, and infamy. Most car manufacturers would kill for the type of brand equity the Lotus name brings to the table -- Formula One world championships, an Indy 500 win, and many pioneering innovations in vehicle technology. Lotus has always stood for high quality racing, sometimes bleeding edge technology, and a David vs. Goliath plucky integrity. They beat the big guys by trying harder and fighting smarter. That is what attracts people to Lotus. I know the engineers at Hethel have some pride left. Too bad Lotus management is intent on reinventing Lotus as a bling brand that stands for nothing.
      Daniel
      • 2 Years Ago
      "black-and-gold livery"!? It's not black. It's a dark shade of British Racing Green, a colour so famous that it has its own Wikipedia page. I understand the lighting plays tricks on one's eyes, but to call that black would be like calling a UPS truck black instead of brown.
      Pandamasque
      • 2 Years Ago
      This looks atrocious to me as a racing fan. This is an OLD Lola race car (probably Lola B08) that seems to have been TUNED beyond recognition and then covered in Lotus stickers (like everything else these days!). It's not a racing car anymore. It has been restyled specifically for shows such as this one, it doesn't look like any of the current Lola cars that have Lotus sponsorship (google Kodewa LMP and Rebellion Racing).
        Mike Laney
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Pandamasque
        The differences between the Rebellion Lola which is an LMP1 and this one which is a cost-capped LMP2 are pretty vast. That's why they look vastly different. And this is a BRAND new chassis, in the latest 2012 LMP2 spec. It's true it shares nothing with anything from Lotus, but very few LMP cars actually do, save for the ones built wholly by one manufacturer.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      AB, You're right!- it looks NOTHING like Dyson's Lola.
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      Kiiks
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or is that a Lola Aston Martin with a nose job and blacked out headlights? It even has AMR tail lights.