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14 January 2011

Lotus Take on Le Mans with Jetalliance

Lotus Motorsport and Jetalliance unite to create GTE challengers Lotus Jetalliance

Under the careful direction of Team Manager Jan Kalmar, the newly formed Lotus Jetalliance team will field two Lotus Evora GTE cars in the 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC). The two Evora GTE race cars, currently being developed by Lead Designer Nicola Scimeca, will be put through their paces as the team tackles some of the most challenging and competitive endurance races including the six hour race at Spa, Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta and of course the world famous Le Mans 24 hour race.

Commenting on the announcement, Lotus Director of Motorsport Claudio Berro said: “Moving into the ILMC is an exciting step for us and it will provide a good opportunity to showcase what can be done with the Evora. In every motorsport discipline that we participate in we aim to pick the best expertise to partner with and we have very high standards. The Jetalliance racing team has a lot of experience and a respected pedigree in this field so we’re delighted that they have agreed to work with us on what is bound to be an incredible challenge. We’re looking forward to seeing what ILMC 2011 brings.”

Jetalliance Chief Executive Lukas Lichtner-Hoyer said: “We’ve enjoyed success in recent years at iconic endurance events such as Le Mans and I’m looking forward to repeating if not improving on these results with Lotus. Some people have asked why we would take a risk working with new cars - my answer on this subject always remains the same: we believe in Lotus and we believe that in uniting with them will create something very exciting, very special and most of all very successful.”

Lotus Jetalliance will be contesting the following events:

8th May 2011 Spa-Francorchamps 6 Hours (BEL)

11&12 June 2011 Le Mans 24 Hours (FRA),

3rd July 2011 Imola 6 Hours (ITA)

11th September 2011 Silverstone 6 Hours (GBR)

1st October 2011 Petit Le Mans (Road Atlanta, Georgia, USA)

12th November 2011 6-Hours race China

The driver line-up will be announced in due course.