Lotus suffered a terminal gearbox failure half way through the Le Mans 24 Hours, and despite the crew’s best efforts were unable to return to the race. Until then the car had been running soundly in 14th class position.
Thomas Holzer had put the car 17th on the grid after an engine failure in the second of three qualifying sessions. The team climbed three places from there in the race, Holzer handing over to Mirco Schultis who in turn passed the baton to team-mate Luca Moro, who was lapping the circuit when a long safety car period was prompted by Anthony Davidson’s dramatic accident. The team used this opportunity for a small pit stop service but, as night fell, the gearbox gremlins crept in and Lotus’s participation in this 80th edition of the 24 Hours was over.