Lotus Opens New Test Track In Hethel

Lotus Opens New Test Track In Hethel

Dany Bahar, the man responsible for running Lotus at the moment, has his fair share of critics. However, he is moving the brand forward through expansion, and his latest move is to give this famed British marque a brand new test track.

The new Lotus Test Track is situated in Hethel, U.K., a stone throws away from the old Lotus factory in Norfolk.

This 2.3-mile track boasts 12 pit garages, and is FIA approved, so not only can it hold races for thr FIA GT championship, but can also be used for testing F1 cars.

This $15-million circuit will also be mainly used to develop the new breed of Lotus road cars, which should hit the market in two years time.

F1 legends Jean Alesi and Nigel Mansell were at hand to open this new facility, with Mansel piloting his 1980 Type 88 car around the new track, followed by Elesi in the Lotus Type 125 Exos Experience car, as well as Vitaly Petrov and Bruno Senna in their Lotus Renault GP F1 cars.

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