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23 December 2011
Success in Italy with the first IndyCar engine fire-up and Exige R-GT Rally shakedown
Whilst most sensible people prepare to wind down
for the festive period, the hard working Lotus
Motorsport team are busy celebrating the fruits
of their labour over the past 12 months
following the first successful engine fire up in
the Lotus IndyCar chassis AND the first proper
Exige R-GT rally car shakedown all within the
space of 24 hours.
The first official Lotus IndyCar engine fire up in new car took place on 22nd December at Dallara’s headquarters in Varano Melegari, Palma under the watchful eye of Group Lotus Director of Motorsport Claudio Berro and technicians from the team. Pleased with the overall results, the team have now prepared the engine and car for shipment to the US where full testing will begin in January.
Heading north to Turin, the Exige R-GT, the
Rally version of the new Exige S, took centre
stage with a quick track shakedown for the first
time in full Rally specification. The car
handled exactly as expected and the team were
delighted with the results. Testing will
continue in the new year ahead of the start of
the 2012 FIA World Rally Championship season
where the Exige will contend the FIA GT category
on asphalt at events in Monte Carlo, Tour de
Corse and San Remo.