The team, which is run by former F1 principal Colin Kolles and his Kodewa squad, kicked things off at Sepang on March 17.
The Lotus-powered Lola B12/80 LMP2 Coupe is compliant with the latest regulations set out by the ACO/FIA World Endurance Championship. The car is fitted with an Xtrac gearbox with pneumatic paddle shift system and carbon brakes with AP Racing six-piston calipers, and will run with a traditional black and gold livery in a very special design.
This partnership with Kodewa and Lola – which has claimed five LMP2 wins at Le Mans since 2000 - is ideal for climbing the endurance racing ladder, with Lotus having returned to the GT class last year with the Evora.
Though hugely important in themselves, the build-up races of the season are really an amuse bouche for the greatest motor race in the world – the Le Mans 24 Hours – and our LMP2 should be right in the thick of the action.
- Lola one-piece construction carbon composite monocoque chassis
- Carbon monocoque
- Weight of petrol-engined coupe 900 kg
- Adjustable pedal box and steering wheel/column for driver safety and comfort
- Optimized aero configurations offering wide range of low-drag/high-downforce set-ups
- Wind tunnel and CFD tested aerodynamic configuration
- Suspension with wishbones and pushrods, adjustable dampers, springs and anti-roll bar
- V8 Lotus engine
- Total cylinder capacity 3600 cc
- ECU with Motec data logging server
- AP carbon clutch
The engine development is going well but there's a lot to do over the coming weeks to ensure that the car is prepared for the intensive testing that we must undertake to ensure we're ready to compete.