Lotus F1 Team and
Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains are pleased to announce a
long-term supply agreement which will see Lotus F1 Team utilizing the
Mercedes-Benz Power Unit from the start of the 2015 season until the end
of the current Power Unit generation.
Under the terms of the agreement, Lotus F1 Team will be supplied with
Mercedes-Benz Power Units by Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP)
based in Brixworth, UK. The Power Unit will use Fluid Technology
Solutions developed by PETRONAS, the technology partner of Mercedes-Benz.
Lotus F1 Team will continue to design and manufacture its own
transmission at its Enstone base where work is already underway on the
team’s 2015 challenger, the E23 Hybrid.
“We are pleased to have been chosen by Mercedes AMG High Performance
Powertrains in a significant long term deal”, said Matthew Carter, CEO,
Lotus F1 Team. “We intend to return to the front of the field with the
goals of winning Grands Prix and being a strong championship contender
once more and we see this new agreement as one step towards this aim.
“The Mercedes-Benz Power Unit has shown good performance on track and it
is our goal to marry this motive force to Enstone’s chassis expertise.
It is our desire that the E23 Hybrid, powered by Mercedes-Benz, heralds
a new era of success for Enstone. At this juncture we would also like to
thank Renault, who have been so closely associated with the team over
its history and for the joint success we have achieved together.”
Andy Cowell, Managing Director of Mercedes AMG HPP added: “We are
delighted to welcome Lotus F1 Team as a customer of Mercedes AMG High
Performance Powertrains from the 2015 season. Lotus F1 Team is a strong
technical group with excellent facilities and I am confident that
together we will deliver a step forward in track performance next year.
“In 2014, the organisation at Brixworth has demonstrated that it can
support three customer teams to the high standards expected of
Mercedes-Benz, in addition to our focus on the works Silver Arrows. We
are very pleased to have the opportunity to continuing doing so from
2015, as we seek to make further gains in both performance and
“It was strategically important for Mercedes-Benz to continue to supply
three customers throughout this generation of Power Unit, in addition to
the primary focus on our Silver Arrows works team, and it was therefore
clear that we would be looking for a new customer from 2015,” said Toto
Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport.
“Lotus F1 Team is an impressive organisation that has delivered
competitive on-track performances in recent seasons. We are pleased to
welcome them to the Mercedes-Benz family and look forward to building a
productive and performant working relationship in the years ahead.”