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A5. What is the relationship between Lotus Cars, the road car company, and Team Lotus, the Formula One racing team?




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This article is from the Lotus Cars FAQ, by esprit@netcom.com (Alan F. Perry) with numerous contributions by others.

A5. What is the relationship between Lotus Cars, the road car company, and Team Lotus, the Formula One racing team?

Team Lotus was split off from the Lotus Engineering Company in 1954
in order to protect the companies from each others financial
problems.

At times, Team Lotus and Lotus Cars were very closely associated with
each other, for example in the mid-1980s and early 1990s when Lotus
Engineering's Active Suspension technology was used in the Team Lotus
Formula One cars, while, at other times, they were rather distant from
each other, for example, in the 1970s, several Team Lotus and Lotus Cars
models were given the same Type number.

Now that the Team Lotus name is owned by someone not associated with
Group Lotus or the Chapman family, I suspect that there is no
connection between Group Lotus and Team Lotus.


 

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