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CONTENTS
01
 TEAM LOTUS BRIEF HISTORY           10   CATERHAM SEVEN - A SHORT HISTORY

02   TEAM LOTUS ON THE WEB          11
                                     THE STORY OF THE SEVEN

03   TEAM LOTUS PARTNERS            12   THE CATERHAM PHILOSOPHY

04   LOTUS RENAULT T128             13   CATERHAM IN MOTORSPORT

05   TEAM LOTUS DRIVERS             14   CELEBRITY SEVENS

06   TEAM LOTUS SHAREHOLDERS        15   ANSAR ALI - MANAGING DIRECTOR

07   TEAM LOTUS SENIOR MANAGEMENT   16   CATERHAM ABROAD

08   TEAM LOTUS FACTORY             17   CURRENT RANGE

09   1MALAYSIA RACING SDN BHD
TEAM LOTUS
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BRIEF HISTORY                 Team Lotus Brief History
                              The legendary Team Lotus name
                              has returned to Formula One™ for
                              the 2011 season, but to trace the
                                                                       Meranun and SM Nasarudin leading
                                                                       a consortium of Malaysian business
                                                                       interests who joined forces to
                              roots of the return of one of world      provide initial funding for the nascent
                              sport’s most iconic names we have        team under the parent company
                              to go back to 2009. On September         1Malaysia Racing Sdn Bhd. Tony
                              12th 2009 the team, then known           immediately began appointing
                              as Lotus Racing, was officially born     key senior management positions,
                              when the FIA granted its entry into      including Riad Asmat as Chief
                              the 2010 FIA Formula One™ World          Executive Officer and Keith Saunt
                              Championship. Headed up by               as Chief Operating Officer, while
                              Team Principal Tony Fernandes and        Mike Gascoyne began work on the
                              Deputy Team Principals Kamarudin         technical program in the UK and
                                                                       across Europe.
                        In December 2009 one of the
                                                                       As the team moved into its new
                             first major milestones was                Hingham home, work began
                    reached, with a ceremony in Kuala                  immediately on building the 2010
                       Lumpur unveiling the first Lotus                cars with Mike directing the technical
                                                                       efforts across centres of excellence
                     Racing drivers - Italy’s Jarno Trulli,            in design, wind tunnel, composite
                       Finland’s Heikki Kovalainen and                 manufacturing and a host of ancillary
                                                                       support services throughout Europe
                                 Malaysia’s Fairuz Fauzy.
                                                                       in an intensive effort to be ready
                              Meranun and SM Nasarudin,                for the rapidly approaching season
                              supported by Chief Technical Officer     ahead. With the car build process
                              Mike Gascoyne and Chief Executive        under way, a similar effort was also
                              Riad Asmat, the team made its base       being undertaken in creating the
                              in Hingham, Norfolk, near the original   team itself, with new staff being
                              home of Team Lotus and set about         taken on every day, and the fabric of
                              its 2010 challenge of winning the        the team’s identity being created
                              battle of the new teams in Formula       from scratch.
                              One™.
                                                                       In December 2009 one of the first
                              Stepping back even further, the          major milestones was reached,
                              team’s origins began before              with a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur
                              September 2009, with Tony and            unveiling the first Lotus Racing
                              fellow shareholders Kamarudin            drivers - Italy’s Jarno Trulli, Finland’s
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            Heikki Kovalainen and Malaysia’s    grew work continued apace on
            Fairuz Fauzy as third driver. The   preparations for the forthcoming
            combination of race winning         season. Jarno, Heikki and Fairuz all
            experience, determination and       spent time in snowy Norfolk, having
            passion gave the team a good        their seats fitted and familiarising
            platform from which to establish    themselves with their new Race
            the true pace of the car and have   Engineers, pit crews and support
            a fighting chance of exceeding      staff. Chassis 01 passed all its crash
            expectations in the season ahead.   tests in early January and soon
                                                afterwards was back at the factory
            December brought the UK’s worst     for the engineers and mechanics to
            winter for 30 years and as staff    start work on the car’s build process.
            numbers at the Hingham factory      As the team’s hours in the factory
                                                increased, a modern F1™ car began
                                                to take shape, and by early February
          There was huge interest in            the months of hard work culminated
this test from fans and media alike,            in the first Cosworth engine fire up in
                                                the factory.
 and at the end of the 2010 season
Autosport, the motorsport industry              Two days after that momentous first
  bible, reported that a spy-shot of            engine fire up the now 130 strong
                                                staff gathered in the factory’s race
    the T127 at the shakedown was               bays for a first view of the car in
            its most viewed image of            its final build specification. As the                                               Lotus Cosworth T127, as it had by
                      the whole year.           final pieces of bodywork were fixed                                                 then been designated, break cover
                                                in place, the Lotus Racing team                                                     on track, with Malaysia’s Fairuz Fauzy
                                                saw had their first look at the car’s     Having both cars classified earned        at the wheel. There was huge interest
                                                green and yellow livery, bringing to                                                in this test from fans and media alike,
                                                mind some of motor racing’s most          the team huge respect across the          and at the end of the 2010 season
                                                iconic images and leaving everyone        motorsport world, and this respect        Autosport, the motorsport industry
                                                involved with the impression that not                                               bible, reported that a spy-shot of the
                                                                                          grew throughout the season as
                                                only was the car beautiful, but also                                                T127 at the shakedown was its most
                                                would exceed the expectations of          the team took charge of the battle        viewed image of the whole year.
                                                motor racing fans around the world.       of the new teams, a lead they
                                                                                                                                    Having successfully completed the
                                                The next day the team moved to a
                                                                                          comfortably held onto throughout          shakedown, the team and nearly
                                                very cold and snowy Silverstone for       the 19 race season.                       500 guests gathered in London in
                                                shakedown – a day where system                                                      February 2010 at the prestigious
                                                checks and engineering procedures                                                   Royal Horticultural Halls to see Tony,
                                                worked in harmony to finally see the                                                Mike, Jarno, Heikki and Fairuz unveil
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               the T127 for the first time in public.   demonstrates that the team is fully         the design office, marketing and the     fight to the established teams from
               Among the guests were some true          aware of its place, standing on the         commercial team. A few notable           the start of the 2011 season.
               legends of the sport, including Sir      shoulders of motorsport giants.             incidents took place in the latter
                                                                                                    half of the year, with Heikki and        Another demonstration of Team
                   ...giving the team an                Barely taking time to breathe, Lotus        Mark Webber coming together in           Lotus’ commitment to providing
      incredibly powerful, reliable and                 Racing then moved on to the pre-            spectacular fashion in Valencia,         aspiring motorsport talent
                                                        season tests, the first time the cars       Heikki earning a new nickname            from around the world with the
         aerodynamically efficient new
                                                        would run in anger only five months         “FireMan” for his heroic fire-fighting   opportunity to join the Team Lotus
    powertrain that will help it take the               after the team’s inception. Straight        exploits in Singapore and then           dream is the establishment of a
       fight to the established teams...                after the tests it was destination          recording the team’s best result of      dedicated demonstration team in
                                                        Bahrain for the season opening race.        the season in the incident-packed        Malaysia. This team, who will run
               Stirling Moss and Nigel Mansell,         On March 12th, exactly six months           Japanese Grand Prix when car 19          showcars at events around the
               as well as the massed ranks of the       to the day since gaining their entry        came home in 12th place. That result,    ASEAN region and will be launched
               world’s media, there to see the car      to the 2010 Championship, Lotus             and a very strong end to the season      before the Malaysian Grand Prix 2011,
               that would be competing around           Racing recorded another milestone           from both drivers, was enough to         gives a chance for young mechanics,
               the world in the 2010 Formula One™       – this time seeing both cars out            secure that all important tenth place    engineers and ancillary support
               World Championship. The team             on track in Friday practice for the         in the 2010 Championship, sparking       staff to learn and perfect their skills
               received a huge vote of praise at        first time. The weekend ended with          off major celebrations for the team      with a running car, giving them an
               the event, in the subsequent press       both cars being classified – Heikki         at the season-ending race in Abu         invaluable first step on the ladder to
               coverage and feedback from fans          finishing 15th and Jarno 17th after         Dhabi.                                   future F1™ success.
               around the world, proving they had       an extremely emotional weekend
               made the right choice in terms of        brought a dream conclusion. Having          By that point a number of other          Even more exciting for the army
               the driver line-up, strategic goals      both cars classified earned the team        significant changes had taken place      of Lotus Racing fans was the news
               and, most importantly to many fans,      huge respect across the motorsport          in the team, all of which will help      that for 2011 and beyond Lotus
               the colour scheme – a green and          world, and this respect grew                the Anglo-Malaysian squad take the       Racing officially changed its name
               yellow livery that pays homage to        throughout the season as the team           next steps forward in their long-term    to Team Lotus. Having successfully
               the marque’s illustrious heritage and    took charge of the battle of the new        challenge to reach the top. For the      concluded the purchase of the full
                                                        teams, a lead they comfortably held         2011 season and beyond the cars          rights of the Team Lotus brand from
                                                        onto throughout the 19 race season.         are powered by Renault engines, as       David Hunt, the 2011 grid sees the
                                                                                                    used by the Championship winning         return of Team Lotus, one of the
                                                        At the last race of 2010 in Abu             Red Bull Racing team in 2010, and        most famous names in motor racing
                                                        Dhabi Lotus Racing was confirmed            the similarities with Red Bull extend    history. Fans around the world have
                                                        in tenth place in the Championship,         to the new gearbox and hydraulic         been following the development of
                                                        securing the best new team title.           systems package that will be bolted      the Norfolk based squad since that
                                                        Alongside this success on track the         onto the Renault engines powering        momentous day in September 2009
                                                        team continued to go from strength          Team Lotus in 2011, supplied by          when there were just four people in
                                                        to strength off track with the total        Red Bull Technology and giving the       the factory in Hingham, and with the
                                                        number of staff now over 220,               team an incredibly powerful, reliable    return of Team Lotus in 2011 they
                                                        including 30 Malaysian staff based          and aerodynamically efficient new        will be glued to the next exciting
                                                        in the UK and Malaysia working in           powertrain that will help it take the    chapter of this incredible story.
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                                                    Off track, Team Lotus has now
                                                    announced the next exciting
                                                    development in its growth into
                                                    the road car market with the
                                                    acquisition of Caterham Cars by
                                                    Team Lotus Enterprises. This deal
                                                    will give the legendary lightweight
                                                    sports car manufacturer the
                                                    chance to expand its brand profile
                                                    and product family and gain
                                                    worldwide exposure through Team
                                                    Lotus’ participation in Formula
                                                    One through branding on the race
                                                    cars and team on and off track.
                                                    The acquisition of Caterham Cars
            The 2011 season has started with        not only signals the continued
            a big step forward for Team             development of the legendary
            Lotus, culminating in the recent        Seven but provides Caterham with
            Chinese Grand Prix where Heikki         the platform to apply its philosophy
            Kovalainen beat the Williams of         of ‘adding lightness’ to exciting new
            Pastor Maldonado and the Sauber         models for the 21st Century. The
                                                    exciting new future for Caterham
     the 2011 grid saw the return of                is led by the company’s existing
                                                    management team, headed up by                As custodians of Colin Chapman’s        its years remains one of the most
Team Lotus, one of the most famous                  MD Ansar Ali. Ansar’s direction has          two-seater Seven since 1973,            raced cars in the world. It has
     names in motor racing history.                 been responsible for energising              Caterham has been responsible           also been the inspiration for the
                                                    Caterham’s export prowess during             for the evolution of a car originally   recently-launched Caterham-Lola
            of Sergio Perez in a straight fight     the last five years, creating the            conceived as a ‘fit for purpose’        SP/300.R for the race and track
            on track. This marks a critical point   iconic Superlight R500 – Top                 race-car for the road in 1957.          day community. More news about
            in the development of the team          Gear’s Car of the Year for 2008              Today, the Seven is arguably the        the growth of Caterham Cars will
            as Team Lotus has now joined the        – and Caterham’s first brand new             benchmark for the perfect balance       be unveiled in due course.
            midfield, the stated aim of the 2011    model in 15 years, the stunning              between power and intuitive, user-
            season and the next step in the         SP/300 R sports prototype racer.             friendly handling, and in spite of
            challenge for long-term honours.
TEAM LOTUS
             13   02: TEAM LOTUS ON THE WEB




ON THE WEB        Team Lotus on the web
                  Team Lotus is leading the F1™
                  pack on the internet, with a
                  strong presence on a number of
                                                       www.flickr.com/myteamlotus
                                                       is where all the team’s official
                                                       photos are uploaded. At races,
                  digital platforms that extends       over 75 images a day are put up
                  interaction with the team straight   for fans to browse and download,
                  into fans’ PCs, mobiles and their    and every aspect of the team is
                  social networking lives.             covered, from the action in the
                                                       garage to how the catering team
                  The Team Lotus website               feeds our travelling race team.
                  www.teamlotus.co.uk is the
                  gateway to all our digital           Go to www.youtube.com/
                  content, including Team Lotus        myteamlotus for video Team
                  Notes, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr     Lotus TV (TLTV) and all the
                  and Twitter. It’s also the place     moving image content that the
                  fans can go to buy merchandise,      team produces – footage of the
                  sign up for every edition of Team    team’s early days, interviews with
                  Lotus Notes, and join Spark – our    drivers and key personnel all
                  unique fan community which           goes up on the
                  gives unprecedented access to        world’s favourite video sharing
                  Team Lotus on and off track.         site and on TLTV.

                  On Facebook www.facebook.            www.twitter.com/myteamlotus
                  com/teamlotus now has almost         is where Team Lotus really is
                  80,000 fans (as of February          leading the way, with access to
                  2011), and is updated every          the team and its daily activities
                  day with images from on and          being provided through the
                  off track, in the factory and at     official feed @myteamlotus,
                  events. Fans are given almost        via the Team Principal Tony
                  unlimited access to what goes        Fernandes @tonyfernandes,
                  on in the day to day life of the     himself a leading proponent
                  Anglo / Malaysian team and the       of the power of Twitter, and @
                  popularity of the page extends       mikegascoyne, a feed that is
                  every day.                           so unique in F1™ that it led one
                                                       journalist to say “gasps were
                                                       heard in the media centre when
                                                       Mike Gascoyne announced that
                                                       Jarno Trulli would be pitting,
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     the lap before he did so. Never      For media we also have free
     before has such access to a          access to all of the collateral
     team’s strategy been given           the team produces integrated
     to the world…” Additionally,         into www.teamlotus.co.uk,
     other team members also              including all the press releases,
     tweet daily, including driver @      photos, logos and everything
     heikkikovalainen and CEO @           else the media need to report
     riadasmat as well as people          on us. There is no registration to
     working across most of the           access the site - just go to www.
     team’s departments - follow all      teamlotus.co.uk/media and
     of these for a truly unique inside   you will be able to access all our
     view of the life of Team Lotus.      press releases, and all the high
                                          res, copyright free (for editorial
                                          use) imagery we produce.
                                          However, registration is still
                                          available for the press release
                                          distribution list – all the details
                                          are on the site.
TEAM LOTUS
             17   03: TEAM LOTUS PARTNERS




                  Team Lotus Partners

PARTNERS          Founded by Dato’ Sri Tony            From a household name in the local
                  Fernandes and Datuk Kamarudin        automobile business to a diversified
                  Meranun, the Tune family of          conglomerate, the Naza Group is
                  companies share the common           poised on the pathway to a global
                  passion and drive to deliver great   presence. Over three decades, it
                  services at low costs to the fast    has grown rapidly transforming
                  growing ASEAN region.                itself into a world class corporation
                                                       built on excellence, professionalism
                  The Tune Group provided a            and dedication. It is this foundation
                  unique lifestyle offering with       that is driving Naza Group forward
                  their diverse stable of companies    as a recognised Malaysian brand
                  ranging from airlines, travel,       globally.
                  mobile telecommunications,
                  financial services and               Today, the Naza Group is
                  entertainment, their success lies    synonymous for cars, bikes,
                  in constantly finding better ways    property, hospitality, transportation
                  to provide quality services at       and logistics, research and
                  good value for money.                development, after-sales service,
                                                       finance and plantation. Indeed, the
                  For more information, please         strength of the Group lies in the
                  visit www.tunegroup.com              diversity of its business activities
                                                       and its ability to take it to new levels.

                                                       This is their vision, a clear pathway
                                                       to reinvent the Naza brand beyond
                                                       local shores and far into the realms
                                                       of the 21st century.

                                                       For more information, please
                                                       visit www.naza.com.my
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     The Renault group, present in         The Renault group reported net            In a sport where hundredths         For more than 26 years, Dell
     118 countries, designs, develops,     revenue of €37,791 million in             of a second count, innovative       has empowered countries,
     manufactures and sells passenger      2009, and employs 121,422                 technology drives significant       communities, customers and
     cars and light commercial             people worldwide. In 2010,                competitive advantage for           people everywhere to use
     vehicles under the Renault,           Renault sold more than                    today's F1 teams. By deploying a    technology to realise their
     Dacia and Renault Samsung             2.6 million vehicles.                     powerful infrastructure from the    dreams. Customers trust us to
     Motors brands.                                                                  desktop to the datacentre, Team     deliver technology solutions that
                                           Throughout its history,                   Lotus is able to perform both on    help them do and achieve more,
     France’s number-one car brand,        Renault has always invested in            and off the track.                  whether they're at home, work,
     Renault relies on more than           Motorsport in its global strategy.                                            school or anywhere in their
     100 years of innovations to           This strategy, particularly in            To offer trackside support, Dell    world.
     bring customers high-quality,         Formula 1™, has strengthened              developed a mobile datacentre
     pioneering products and services      Renault's international ambitions,        which collects and processes        For more information, please visit
     that are ahead of their time, with    while being a great technological         thousands of megabytes of           www.dell.com
     ingenious, attractive, accessible     asset to develop its products.            data from each lap of a race,
     and carbon-efficient vehicles.                                                  so engineers can scrutinise
     Renault’s new baseline, “Drive        Present in Formula 1™ since 1977,         details such as tyre temperature
     the Change”, expresses the            and winning nine Constructors             and aerodynamics to make
     company’s ambition to lead            World Titles and eight Drivers'           adjustments to the cars during
     the way in sustainable mobility       World Titles, Renault Sport F1™           or after the race.
     for all. Renault will launch a        will support Renault's future
     zero-emission range with three        ambitions by developing and               Off the track, the team's
     electric vehicles in 2011 and a       testing tomorrow's technologies           Dell infrastructure drives the
     fourth in 2012, making innovation     on tracks around the world.               design of F1 cars through
     accessible to all. With its partner                                             advanced technology such as
     Nissan, Renault is targeting world    For more information, please visit        computational fluid dynamics,
     leadership in the mass marketing      www.renault.com                           which replicates wind tunnels
     of zero-emission vehicles.                                                      to improve aerodynamics of the
                                                                                     cars. The solution is front-ended
                                                                                     by high-end mobile workstations
                                                                                     designed for performance on
                                                                                     large data sets and complex
                                                                                     multi-threaded applications such
                                                                                     as those used for design and
                                                                                     engineering of the cars.
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     reaches more than 360 million        low-cost carrier in Asia, servicing         One™ grid for the first time since                brand for those who like living life
     television households globally. It   the most extensive network in               1991 for the 2011 season as sole tyre             in the fast lane and in a balanced
     comprises 30 branded services        the sector with approximately 132           supplier to the grid. The company                 way. Balanced is about being in
     including nine cable and satellite   routes covering destinations in             has a famous pedigree in global                   control, equating enjoyment
     television networks; radio           Asia, Australia and Europe.                 motorsport and has already recorded               and performance with respect for
     networks and wireless devices                                                    44 victories from 200 starts in F1™.              mind and body.
     around the world together with       Within 8 years of operations,               Founded 1872 in Milan by Giovanni
     CNN Digital services including       AirAsia has carried more than               Battista Pirelli, Pirelli initially specialised   EQ8 will be launching with an
     the award winning website            92 million guests and grown its             in rubber and derivative processes                invigorating range of energy
     www.cnn.com                          fleet from just two aircraft to             and now its sole focus is the design              drinks made from 100% premium
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                                          today is proud to be a truly                                                                  enjoyment and performance with
                                          Asean (Association of Southeast             The company has a rich pedigree in                respect for mind and body - for
                                          Asian Nations) airline with                 motor racing and in 1974 invented the             maximum mental clarity.
                                          established operations based                "wide radial tyre" for the iconic Lancia
                                          in Malaysia, Indonesia and                  Stratos, a tyre strong enough to                  EQ8 energy drinks will be
                                          Thailand, servicing a network               withstand the power of the then new               launched in the UK in Spring,
                                          stretching across all Asean                 breed of rally cars. Pirelli competed             with other countries to follow
                                          countries including China,                  in Formula One™ in three distinct                 thereafter.
                                          India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka                periods between 1950 and 1958, 1981
                                          and Australia. This is further              and 1986, and 1989 and 1991 and                   For more information, please visit
                                          complemented by AirAsia X, its              returns to the sport in 2011 following            www.eq8energy.com
                                          low-cost long-haul affiliate carrier        Bridgestone's decision to withdraw
                                          that currently flies to destinations        from the role at the end of 2010.
                                          in China, Australia, Taipei and
                                          the UK. AirAsia was named                   In a further demonstration of their
                                          World’s Best Low Cost Airline in            commitment to motorsport across
                                          the annual World Airline Survey             categories Pirelli has also been the
                                          by Skytrax for two consecutive              sole tyre brand in the FIM World
                                          years in 2009 and 2010.                     Superbike Championship since 2007
                                                                                      and is the official tyre supplier of the
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                                          visit www.airasia.com
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     PACT was founded by The             The donations will generally
     Duke of York on the proceeds        take the form of a one-off
     of the book of his photographs      payment for a specific project
     (“Photographs: HRH The Prince       or part of a project, with an
     Andrew”), which he published        emphasis on pump-priming.
     in 1985. For 25 years the Trust     Core funding and/or salaries
     has been supporting charities       are rarely considered.
     and individuals with funding.
     The Trust concentrates on           As the Executive Chairman of
     supporting specific elements of     Outward Bound (OB), The Duke
     the charitable sector, based on     of York is passionate about
     His Royal Highness’s personal       youth development – enabling
     interests. The definition of what   youth to achieve their potential
     PACT supports is:                   and become useful citizens.
                                         PACT provides scholarships
       to provide public benefit in      for a number of disadvantaged
       which The Duke of York has        children to be able to afford to
       a particular link or interest:    take part on Outward Bound
       research into the alleviation     courses each year.
       of blindness and deafness,
       scientific and practical          In addition, in exceptional
       assistance for disabled,          cases, individual scholarships
       brain-damaged or socially         have been provided for those
       disadvantaged children,           already in tertiary education
       educational donations and         who are unable to continue on
       participation of the disabled     their courses because of lack
       in sporting activities.           of funds. Two individuals have
                                         been helped in this way.
LOTUS RENAULT
                25   04: LOTUS RENAULT T128




T128                 Lotus Renault T128
                     Engine: Renault V8 RS27-2011
                     Chassis material: Carbon Fibre
                     Bodywork material: Carbon Fibre
                     Front Suspension: Carbon Fibre
                     Rear Suspension: Carbon Fibre
                     Dampers: Penske & Multimatic
                     Steering: Team Lotus
                     Gearbox: Red Bull Technologies
                     Clutch: AP
                     Discs: Carbone Industrie or Hitco
                     Calipers: AP
                     Pads: Carbone Industrie or Hitco
                     Cooling system (radiators, heat exchangers): Team Lotus
                     Cockpit instrumentation: MES
                     Seat belts: Schroth
                     Steering wheel: Team Lotus
                     Driver's seat: Team Lotus
                     Extinguisher system: FEV
                     Wheels: BBS to Team Lotus Specification
                     Fuel cell: ATL
                     Battery: Yuasa
                     Fuel provider: Total
                     Lubricants provider: Various
                     Wheel base: More than 3000 mm
                     Overall Length: Approx 5 metres
                     Overall Height: 950mm
TEAM LOTUS
             27   05: TEAM LOTUS DRIVERS




DRIVERS           Team Lotus Drivers
                                                           Macau Grand Prix, finishing 8th.

                                                           In 2002 Heikki moved on
                                                           to compete in the British F3
                                                           Championship, scoring an
                                                           impressive five wins, three poles and
                                                           three fastest laps, securing his third
                                                           position in drivers' standings. He
                                                           was once again given the "Rookie
                                                           of the Year" award, and won the
                                                           prestigious F3 support race at the
                                                           British Grand Prix. He capped an
                                                           impressive year by finishing second
                                                           in Macau and fourth at the Marlboro
                  HEIKKI KOVALAINEN                        Masters at Zandvoort.

                  Heikki started his motor racing          In 2003 Heikki moved to Japan to
                  career karting in the early 1990's.      compete in the World Series by
                  His first recognition came with          Nissan: a win and two poles were
                  second place in the Finnish Formula      enough to earn third place in the
                  A Championship in 1999 and 2000.         Championship. That same year he
                  That year also saw Heikki add the        also made his F1™ test debut, driving
                  Scandinavian Championship and the        the Renault R23 at Barcelona and
                  Elf Masters, held at Paris Bercy, to     the Minardi Cosworth at Vallelunga
                  his achievements, earning him the        two weeks later.
                  title of Karting Driver of the Year in
                  his native Finland.                      2004 brought more success for
                                                           Heikki, securing the World Series
                  Heikki’s success saw him move            by Nissan Championship. Driving
                  up to the British Formula Renault        for the Pons Team he crushed
                  Championship in 2001, bringing two       the opposition, with six wins, nine
                  wins, two poles and three fastest        poles and ten fastest laps to his
                  laps, enough to give him fourth          name, competing alongside Tiago
                  place in the Championship, plus the      Monteiro, Enrique Bernoldi and
                  2001 Finnish Automobile Sports           Narain Karthikeyan. As a member
                  Federation "Rookie of the Year"          of the Renault Driver Development
                  award. That same year, Heikki made       Programme Heikki assisted with
                  his F3 debut at the world renowned       the development of Renault's
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     Championship winning R24, adding          Pitted against the vastly                                                             It was another barren period for
     to his growing F1™ experience.            experienced Giancarlo Fisichella,                                                     Jarno in terms of podium results
                                               Heikki enjoyed an excellent debut                                                     but a handful of fourth places
     Stade de France, Paris, was the           season in 2007, out-performing                                                        and some sublime qualifying
     venue for the season ending               and out-scoring his team-mate,                                                        performances attracted the
     Race of Champions in 2004.                becoming second best rookie of the                                                    attentions of the Renault team
     Alongside Marcus Gronholm, Heikki         season after Lewis Hamilton and                                                       for 2002. His first year at the
     represented Finland in the Nations        taking a very credible seventh place                                                  French manufacturer alongside
     Cup , where he and his team mate          in the final Championship standings.                                                  Jenson Button did little to improve
     took the runner-up spot. However,                                                                                               upon his previous results but in
     the top step of the podium did            These achievements did not go                                                         2003, with the team’s technical
     not elude him long, with Heikki           unnoticed, and in December 2007                                                       department led by Mike Gascoyne,
     winning the coveted Champion of           Team Vodafone McLaren Mercedes                                                        he was given a more competitive
     Champions title by beating 2004           announced Heikki as team-mate to                                                      car with which to show his full
     World Rally Champion Sebastian            Lewis Hamilton, a position he held             JARNO TRULLI                           potential. Racing alongside
     Loeb and seven times Formula              for the 2008 and 2009 seasons,                                                        Fernando Alonso, Jarno returned
     1™ World Champion Michael                 until the announcement of his                  Jarno made a fighting start to his     to the podium for the first time
     Schumacher in front of a                  appointment to Lotus Racing in                 Formula One™ career when he            since his Prost days with third place
     packed stadium.                           2009. 2008 saw Heikki claim both               joined the Minardi team in 1997,       in the German GP at Hockenheim.
                                               his first pole position, at the British        but after just seven races he was      The result gave Jarno renewed
     In 2005 Heikki moved up to                Grand Prix at Silverstone, and his             asked to replace the injured Olivier   confidence and paved the
     GP2, taking part in the inaugural         first race win, at the Hungarian               Panis at Prost where he made an        way for Jarno’s breakthrough
     series with Arden Motorsport. His         Grand Prix, where he became the                immediate impact. He finished          season in 2004.
     impressive development continued,         100th driver to win a Formula 1™               fourth in the German GP and led
     finishing second overall in the series,   Grand Prix.                                    the Austrian GP until he was cruelly   Once again partnering Alonso,
     securing five wins and two poles                                                         denied a sensational podium finish     Jarno attained regular points and
     along the way.                            Having joined the new Lotus Racing             with an engine failure. Nonetheless,   podium challenges before taking
                                               team in 2009, Heikki finished 20th             Jarno had made his mark and            a breathtaking victory around the
     2006 saw Heikki make the step             in the 2010 season and his heroic              stayed at the Prost team for a         streets of Monte Carlo. Jarno had
     up to the very pinnacle of world          fire-fighting skills at the Singapore          further two seasons. Results were      established himself as one of the
     motorsport, replacing Frank               Grand Prix earned him the coveted              not forthcoming but he claimed         men to beat but midway through
     Montagny as the Renault F1™ Team’s        title LG Moment of the Year.                   his first career podium with a fine    the year relations with his team had
     third driver. A series of impressive                                                     drive to second place in the wet       started to deteriorate and towards
     displays in testing saw him achieve       In 2011 Heikki will be racing in the           European GP in 1999. The result        the end of the year he opted for
     his primary Formula 1™ goal, with         Team Lotus colours and is aiming               was something of a fitting farewell    a surprise switch to Toyota with
     the announcement he had been              to take the fight to the established           to his time at Prost as Jarno joined   whom he would stay until 2009.
     promoted by the Renault F1™ Team          midfield teams.                                the Jordan Grand Prix squad for
     to a full-time race seat for the                                                         the new Millennium.
     2007 season.
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     In his five-and-a-bit seasons          Jarno had a tough 2010 season
     with Toyota Jarno put in some          with Lotus Racing, with reliability
     incredible performances both           issues repeatedly bringing his
     in qualifying and in races. In his     races to an early end. The switch
     first full season with the team in     to Red Bull Technology gearbox
     2005, with Mike Gascoyne at the        and hydraulic systems will go a
     technical helm, he was one of the      long way to eradicating those
     Championship leaders in the early      issues and will give Jarno another
     races taking Toyota’s first ever       chance to show the world exactly
     podium results in Malaysia and         why he is regarded as being one
     Bahrain. Toyota’s competitiveness      of the sport’s quickest ever one
     dropped off after Gascoyne’s           lap specialists, and a race winning
     departure from the team in 2006        driver.
     and Jarno was only able to fight
     for occasional points finishes until
     a reversal of fortunes in 2008.
     His scored his first podium in
     three years at the French Grand
     Prix and Toyota were one of the
     teams to beat in the first races of
     2009. Jarno took an incredible
     pole position in Bahrain but
     a miscalculated race strategy
     prevented him from converting
     it into the team’s maiden victory.
     Nevertheless, with two podiums
     from the first four races and a
     highly competitive second place
     in the team’s home race in Japan,
     Jarno ended the season – what
     would be Toyota’s final in Formula
     1™ – with some career-high
     performances.
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                                             a GP2 car in a test for the Racing             GP2 Series and helped the team win       Over the next three years Karun
                                             Engineering team.                              the Team's Championship. Prior to        became a regular front runner in
                                                                                            this he had taken the first step up to   possibly the most competitive series
                                             For 2007 Luiz moved to Europe to               F1™ when he was unveiled as Virgin       in motorsport, the British Formula
                                             compete in the Euroseries 3000                 Racing's test driver.                    Three Championship. In his first
                                             championship, initially with Fisichella                                                 year, 2002, Karun finished sixth in
                                             Motor Sport. During the season                                                          the British F3 National class with
                                             he moved to ELK Motorsport and                                                          six top three finishes. He followed it
                                             took four podium places to finish                                                       up by finishing an impressive third
                                             third. In addition to his Euroseries                                                    in the British Formula 3 National
                                             commitments he also took part in                                                        class winning eight races and
                                             four races in the World Series by                                                       scoring 19 podium finishes in 24
                                             Renault with GD Racing. 2008 saw                                                        races with T-Sport. In 2004 Karun
     LUIZ RAZIA - 3rd DRIVER                 Luiz stay in Euroseries 3000 with                                                       was a regular front runner in British
                                             ELK Motorsport and in the Italian                                                       Formula 3 with T-Sport and was
     Brazil's Luiz Razia began his single    Formula 3000 standings, part of                                                         instantly a top five qualifier and
     seater career in 2005 in the South      the Euroseries 3000 Championship,                                                       finisher. He rounded off the year
     American Formula 3 championship         he finished fourth with three                                                           by partnering compatriot Narain
     with Dragão Motorsport. He finished     podiums and a race win at Misano.                                                       Karthikeyan in the ‘World Series by
     his first season sixth and took two                                                    KARUN CHANDHOK - RESERVE                 Nissan’ for the final two rounds of
     race wins. During 2005 he also          In September 2008 he took part                 DRIVER                                   the year.
     competed in the Brazilian Formula       in his second GP2 test with Racing
     Renault 2.0 series, finishing tenth.    Engineering and then signed with               Karun has excelled in every form         The following year Karun was
                                             Trust Team Arden to compete in the             of racing that he has contested in,      chosen to represent India in the
     In 2006 he again competed in            2008 / 2009 GP2 Asia Series. He                starting by becoming the youngest        inaugural A1 GP, a series where
     the South American Formula 3            scored his first championship points           Indian National Racing Champion in       competitors represented their
     series and finished the season          in Qatar and in the final race of the          2000. He achieved the impossible         nation rather than a private team
     as Champion, recording eleven           season in Bahrain he won his first             by not only being on pole position       which is the normally the case in
     podium places and seven race wins.      race from pole. He then signed for             in all 10 races in 2000 but had the      motor racing. Karun also had the
     Alongside his F3 commitments, he        Fisichella Motor Sport to compete              fastest laps in every race as well,      distinction of being the captain of
     also took part in three races in the    in the main GP2 Series in 2009 and             which is still a national record. He     Team India at the renowned ‘Dubai
     Formula 3000 International Masters      recorded his first full series win at          followed it up in 2001 by winning        24hr’ Kart race.
     series for Charouz Racing, winning      Monza.                                         the opening five races of the season
     all three and finishing eighth in the                                                  and a record eight races to become       In 2006, Karun became the winner
     championship.                           He then joined the Barwa Addax                 the youngest Asian Formula               of the first ever Formula V6 Asia
                                             Team for the opening round of the              Champion. He also tested with            by Renault series in dominating
     A busy season also saw him              2009-10 GP2 Asia Series season                 British Formula 3 Championship           fashion by winning seven out of 12
     become a rookie driver for A1 Team      and moved to the Rapax Team                    winning team Carlin Motorsport at        races, setting more records along
     Brazil in the 2006-07 A1 Grand Prix     for the final round in Bahrain. Luiz           the end of the year.                     the way. In 2007, he joined the GP2
     season and enjoy his first taste of     remained with Rapax for the 2010                                                        series with Durango, the official
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     support series for Formula One         qualifying on his debut, without              Man of the Year’ in both 2002 and        In 2005, Davide drove one
     Championship. In probably the          ever having driven the car before.            2004, a feat accomplished by no          race in the 3000 Pro Series, a
     best win of his career, Karun sent a   He contested ten rounds of the                other driver. In his first year of the   championship for old cars. The
     strong message to the motorsport       2010 F1 Championship, with 14th               GP2 Series in 2007 Karun was             following year he competed in
     world by winning the Belgian GP2       place as his highest finish. This also        awarded ‘Most Improved Driver            three races of the Le Mans Series
     F1 support race at the historic Spa-   enabled the team to finish ahead of           of the Year’ and followed it up in       for Barazi-Epsilon team, taking a
     Francorchamps circuit, resulting in    Virgin Racing in the Constructors             2008 by winning the award for            podium finish in each race. 2007
     the Indian national anthem being       Championship.                                 the ‘Best Driving Style’ by the GP2      saw him drive for the Epsilon
     played for the very first time at a                                                  series. 2008 also saw him being the      Euskadi team at the Donington
     Formula One Grand Prix event.          For 2011 Karun has retained his               recipient of the Overdrive Magazine-     Park round in the Formula Renault
     Having caught the eye of leading       place at the highest level of global          Aaj Tak Motorsport award as well         3.5 Series .
     Formula One teams, the F1 dream        motorsport with the confirmation              as the NDTV Profit – Car Magazine
     became a reality when the Red          of his role as Reserve Driver for             Motorsport awards.                       For 2008, Valsecchi competed
     Bull Racing team invited Karun to      Team Lotus. In doing so he goes                                                        in both the GP2 Main and Asian
     test their Formula One car. Driving    from competing with the Anglo-                                                         Series for Durango. He was forced
     a Formula One car is the ultimate      Malaysian squad in 2010 to helping                                                     to sit out two rounds after a heavy
     goal of any racing driver, something   the team take its next step forward                                                    crash in Istanbul, returning for the
     Karun managed to achieve at            and challenging the established                                                        Silverstone meeting, where he
     the age of just 24, becoming the       midfield F1 teams in the 2011 FIA                                                      scored a point in the sprint race.
     youngest Indian to do so.              Formula One World Championship.                                                        He finished the 2008 season on a
                                                                                                                                   high winning the sprint race, his
     Karun continued to contest the GP2     Throughout his career Karun has                                                        first GP2 victory.
     Championship in 2008 with iSport,      consistently proven to be the most
     partnering Bruno Senna, winning        successful Indian driver and has the                                                   He remained with Durango for the
     the GP2 German Grand Prix in the       distinction of being the only Indian                                                   2008-09 GP2 Asia Series season
     same year. In the 2009 GP2 series      driver to win three Championships,                                                     and the start of the 2009 GP2
     Karun joined newcomers Ocean           over 35 races, and start from the                                                      Series season before moving to
     Racing Technology and was enroute      front row of the grid on over 25              DAVIDE VALSECCHI - TEST DRIVER           Barwa Addax replacing the Formula
     to win the prestigious Monaco          occasions. While he has set the tone                                                   One™ bound Romain Grosjean,
     Grand Prix when a mechanical           for motorsport in India, it is hard           Davide Valsecchi has driven in a         finishing the season 17th. He also
     problem forced him to retire from      to believe that this youngster from           number of Renault-based series           took part in the 2009 Renault Driver
     the lead with just five laps to go.    Chennai has managed to achieve all            from 2003 to 2007, rising from           Development Program.
                                            this at the age of 25.                        Italian Formula Renault and the
     In 2010 Karun fulfilled his lifelong                                                 Formula Renault Eurocup to the           He won the 2009-10 GP2
     ambition when he joined the            Such a proud record has also                  more powerful cars of the World          Asia Series season with iSport
     Formula One fraternity full time       brought Karun many accolades in               Series by Renault in 2006. During        International with three races to
     and was chosen as one of Hispania      his career, being acknowledged and            2003 to 2005, he also competed           spare, after taking three wins and
     Racing Team’s two drivers. He has      recognised by his peers, media and            in selected Italian and German           two second places in the first five
     the distinction of the being the       fans alike. He was the recipient of           Formula Three races, scoring             races of the season. Sticking with
     only F1 driver to go straight into     Overdrive Magazine’s ‘Motorsport              one podium.                              iSport in the Main series, he scored
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     his first pole position and won the     a couple of years out for study and
     final race of the season to take        finished ninth in the National Class.
     eighth in the drivers' championship,    The following season he improved
     his best performance so far. He         to seventh, despite switching teams
     rounded the year off testing a          to Performance Racing Europe
     Formula One car at the November         part-way through the year. In 2007,
     test in Abu Dhabi.                      he moved up to the Championship
                                             Class of the series with Performance
                                             Racing. He also competed in two
                                             races of the German ATS Formel
                                             3 Cup in 2007, and has driven in
                                             two Masters of Formula Three
                                             races, with a best finish of 24th. For
                                             2008, he moved to the Ultimate
                                             Motorsport team's Mygale chassis in
                                             British F3.

                                             In 2008 he was signed by the
                                             Trident Racing team to drive in the
                                             fifth and sixth rounds of the 2008-
                                             09 GP2 Asia Series, becoming the
                                             first Angolan driver to compete at
     RICARDO TEIXEIRA - TEST DRIVER          this level of motorsport, staying with
                                             the team for the 2009 GP2 Series.
     Ricardo Teixeira began his formula
     racing career in 2001 by driving        For 2010 Ricardo moved to the
     in the Formula BMW Junior               FIA Formula Two Championship
     Cup in Portugal. He finished            and finished fifth in his third race
     in 20th position in the drivers'        in the series at Marrakech. For 2011
     championship. He moved to the           he has taken the step up to F1,
     National Class of the British Formula   driving the Team Lotus T128 twice
     Three Championship in 2002 and          in pre-season testing and now being
     in 2003 he raced occasionally in        confirmed as one of the Team Lotus
     the BRSCC's ARP Formula Three           Test Drivers.
     Championship, taking one win at
     club racing level.

     He returned to the British
     Championship in 2005 with the
     Carlin Motorsport team, after taking
TEAM LOTUS
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SHAREHOLDERS        Team Lotus Shareholders
                    DATO’ SRI TONY FERNANDES
                    TEAM PRINCIPAL CBE
                                                            on the airline’s RM40 million debt.

                                                            They started with two planes, one
                    Educated at The London School           destination (Pulau Langkawi) and a
                    of Economics, Tony Fernandes            staff of 250. The airline, together with
                    has established himself as one          Indonesian and Thai affiliates, now
                    of the world’s most successful          operates 82 new Airbus A320s and
                    entrepreneurs. His illustrious career   flies to more than 65 destinations in
                    started in 1987 when he assumed         Asia from hubs in Malaysia, Thailand
                    the role of Financial Controller        and Indonesia. The company
                    for Warner Music International          employs almost 7,000 staff and has
                    London before moving to Virgin          carried more than 75 million guests
                    Communications at the end of the        in its short history.
                    1980s as Senior Financial Analyst.
                    In 1992, he returned to his native      A similar opportunity arose with
                    Malaysia as Managing Director of        Lotus Racing, with Tony first
                    Warner Music Malaysia. At the end       approached about a sponsorship
                    of the Millennium, Tony became          opportunity with a new team
                    Vice President ASEAN of the             (having already brought AirAsia
                    company, but it was in 2001 that        into F1™ with AT&T Williams as a
                    Tony’s vision took him and his          team partner). Having been an avid
                    associates to new heights.              motorsport fan since childhood, he
                                                            saw the opportunity to bring the
                    Together with partners Dato’            much-loved Lotus name back to F1™
                    Pahamin Rejab (former chairman of       and, with a consortium of Malaysian
                    AirAsia), Dato Kamarudin Meranun        business interests, successfully
                    (now Deputy Group CEO, AirAsia),        led the creation and launch of
                    and Dato Aziz Bakar (now Chairman       the team in 2009, with the key
                    of AirAsia), Tony founded Tune Air      milestone being September 12th’s
                    Sdn Bhd in 2001, with a vision to       confirmation of the team’s
                    democratise air travel and free it      entry into the 2010 FIA Formula 1™
                    from the clutches of the elite by       World Championship.
                    offering low fares and high quality,
                    under the banner “Now Everyone          Having led Lotus Racing to its first
                    Can Fly”. They bought the then loss     season objective of tenth place,
                    making AirAsia from its Malaysian       Tony and his fellow shareholders
                    owner DRB-Hicom, for a token RM1        oversaw the transition to Team
                    (USD 0.25 cents), and agreed to take    Lotus for 2011 and he and the whole
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     team is now aiming to move up            DATO’ KAMARUDIN BIN MERANUN                   SM NASARUDIN SM NASIMUDDIN
     the grid and fight for points in their   DEPUTY TEAM PRINCIPAL                         DEPUTY TEAM PRINCIPAL
     second season.
                                              Dato’ Kamarudin Bin Meranun has               SM Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin
     In 2010, the French government           become one of Malaysia’s most                 joined Malaysia’s renowned Naza
     awarded Tony the title of Officier of    successful business tycoons, working          group of companies following a
     the Légion d’honneur, the highest        alongside Tony Fernandes to make              four-year period of study in the
     award for a non-French national,         Air Asia a true phenomenon within             USA from where he graduated in
     for his outstanding contributions to     and outside of the aviation industry.         business economics.
     the aviation industry. He was also
     recently named "Asia Businessman         With an honours and masters degree            He joined Naza Kia Sdn Bhd as a
     of the Year 2010" by the international   in Finance, Kamarudin’s career                management trainee in 2005 and
     magazine Forbes, and in February         started at the end of the 1980s               has since been intrinsically involved
     2011 Tony was awarded a CBE by           when he joined the Arab-Malaysian             in various areas of the company.
     Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for       Merchant Bank where he stayed
     services to promote commercial and       from 1988 to 1993 as a Portfolio              In 2006, he was appointed Head
     educational links between the United     Manager, managing both institutional          of Operations at Naza Corporation
     Kingdom and Malaysia.                    and high net-worth individual clients’        Sdn Bhd and took up CEO positions
                                              investment funds.                             in three Naza companies in 2008 –
                                                                                            Nasim Sdn Bhd (Peugeot franchise),
                                              In 1994, he was appointed Executive           Naza Corporation Sdn Bhd, and
                                              Director of Innosabah Capital                 NZ Diners Sdn Bhd (Naza’s first
                                              Management Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary              foray into the food business, Bubba
                                              of Innosabah Securities Sdn Bhd. He           Gump Shrimp).
                                              subsequently acquired the shares of
                                              its joint venture partner of Innosabah        He was appointed CEO and
                                              Capital Management Sdn Bhd, which             executive chairman of NAZA Group
                                              was later renamed Intrinsic Capital           of Companies on 16 May 2008,
                                              Management Sdn Bhd.                           following the demise of his father
                                                                                            and founder of NAZA, Tan Sri SM
                                              Kamarudin then sold a private music           Nasimuddin SM Amin.
                                              label to Warner Music and later
                                              joined forces with his long-serving           In 2009, Nasarudin became
                                              business partner Tony Fernandes to            Chairman of the Malaysian French
                                              co-found AirAsia, Tune Hotels and             Chambers of Commerce and
                                              AirAsia X. He now holds the position          Industry, as well as becoming one
                                              of Deputy Group CEO of AirAsia                of the two Deputy Team Principals
                                              and Deputy Team Principal of                  of Team Lotus.
                                              Team Lotus.
TEAM LOTUS SENIOR
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MANAGEMENT               Team Lotus Senior Management
                         RIAD ASMAT
                         CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
                                                                  His interest in motorsports reached
                                                                  its pinnacle when he joined Proton
                                                                  in 2006. At Proton, Riad with his
                         Riad Asmat’s career has been             vast experience in running the
                         driven by a passion for motorsports.     operations in global companies
                         Soon after graduating from Western       (like at UPS) combined with the
                         Michigan University, Riad joined         personal keenness in motorsports,
                         the world’s premier sportswear           was soon able to help the national
                         company, Nike. Based in Malaysia,        car company further develop its
                         he joined the public relations           motorsports programme.
                         division. It was at Nike where he
                         cultivated his deep passion and love     Riad played a central role in
                         for sports.                              Proton’s motorsports programme
                                                                  which includes R3 and the Proton
                         As part of his role with Nike, he had    Axle Team. He was in charge of
                         to work closely with the various         overseeing the various motorsports
                         government agencies, sports              programmes and managed, from
                         associations and sports officials.       Proton’s end, the company’s
                         While his personal interest was          involvement in the A1 Grand Prix.
                         sports, he was equally committed
                         to achieving the objectives of his       Riad’s expertise and vast experience
                         company and enhancing Nike’s             in operations has resulted in
                         image and position in the Malaysian      Proton’s motorsports programmes
                         sports market.                           being developed to a fairly
                                                                  successful level. Under his belt, new
                         His obsession for sports has been a      Malaysian-managed motor racing
                         major factor throughout his career.      teams have been created and young
                         While he enjoyed sports, from            potential Malaysian drivers have
                         football and karting to golf, his keen   been given the opportunity to race.
                         interest in motorsports developed
                         further when he joined the Sepang        As CEO of Team Lotus Riad
                         International Circuit. This became       provides the sort of dynamic and
                         evident when he was with the             success-oriented leadership that the
                         courier company UPS where                Anglo-Malaysian team requires. His
                         Riad developed a sponsorship             knowledge of motorsports coupled
                         programme for several race car           with his vast experience contributes
                         drivers.                                 daily to the success of the team.
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     MIKE GASCOYNE                           During the 2000 season Mike was            After leaving Force India before        honours degree in 1984.
     CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER                 approached to join the Benetton            the 2009 season, Mike made
                                             team, which was to become                  his Formula 1™ return with Lotus        Mark knew he wanted to work
     Mike Gascoyne is one of the             Renault in 2002. In his Technical          Racing as Chief Technical Officer,      in motor racing but had to be
     most renowned technicians in            Director capacity, Mike transformed        confounding all expectations by         patient and find an inroad. His
     Formula 1™ and has carved out an        the team into a winning operation,         designing, building and racing a        first job in the industry was in
     illustrious career at the pinnacle of   taking Renault to its debut victory        modern F1™ car in just six months.      1988 at Comtec, the composites
     international motorsport over the       in the 2003 Hungarian Grand Prix.          The successful conclusion of the        wing of March Engineering and he
     last two decades. Having studied                                                   2010 season was another first for       spent six months there working
     for a Ph.D. in fluid dynamics at        Having established himself as a            Mike, helping lead the team from        on project engineering. From
     Cambridge University throughout         man capable of turning around              literally four people in September      there Mark joined Reynard Racing
     the 1980s, Mike’s passion for           team fortunes, Mike was snapped            2009 to over 220 in January 2011        Cars in 1989 and started working
     motorsport took him into the world      up by the relatively new Toyota            when it fired up its new car in the     with Gary Anderson, firstly on
     of Formula 1™ for the first time in     team at the end of 2003. Although          Team Lotus colours for the first        the 1990 F3000 car. That was his
     1989 when he joined the McLaren         unable to have much impact on its          time on January 26th.                   first experience of working in a
     team as an aerodynamicist.              2004 challenger, Mike set about                                                    drawing office and he was given
                                             developing the team’s 2005 race            MARK SMITH                              a blank sheet of paper to work on
     At the turn of the 1990s, Mike          car. The Cologne-based squad               TECHNICAL DIRECTOR                      the gearbox, which was somewhat
     took up a brief sojourn as Chassis      enjoyed its most competitive year                                                  daunting. The end result of that was
     Dynamicist at Tyrrell working           in Formula 1™ that season with five        Mark grew up in a village called        actually the first ever transverse
     under famed designer Harvey             trips to the podium and an overall         Pelsall which is about 15 miles north   gearbox in F3000 and then in
     Postlethwaite, which led to a           fourth place in the Constructors’          of Birmingham.                          1990 Gary was asked by Eddie
     three-year post as Head of              Championship.                                                                      Jordan if he would take on Eddie’s
     Aerodynamics at Sauber, where                                                      His first motorsport interest was       F1 project, so three people, Gary
     he stayed until 1993.                   2006 saw Mike move back to the             motocross and as a youngster he         Anderson, Andrew Green and Mark,
                                             UK to become Chief Technology              competed for two years before           designed the first Jordan car which
     The following season saw Mike           Officer for the Spyker F1™ team in         eventually discovering Formula 1.       finished fifth in the constructors’
     return to the Tyrrell team in           time for the 2007 season in which          His first grand prix was Silverstone    championship in its first year which
     the more senior role of Deputy          the team was to sensationally              1981 which John Watson won. He          was a magical experience.
     Technical Director, a position he       lead a rain-hit European Grand             immediately got the F1 bug and
     held until the team’s demise in 1998.   Prix. In 2008, Spyker was taken            then spent a few years going to         Mark then stayed with Eddie Jordan
                                             over and renamed Force India               three or four European races per        for 11 years, seeing the technical
     That year, Mike joined the Jordan       with Mike retaining his role. The          season and quickly became a firm        team grow from three to around
     Grand Prix team as Technical            highlight of that year was seeing          fan. Mark left school to undertake      eighty. For the first six or seven
     Director and led the team to its        team driver Adrian Sutil running in        a technical apprenticeship with         years he was responsible for the
     most successful season ever in 1999     a competitive fourth place in the          GKN Automotive who sponsored            gearboxes, hydraulic systems and
     with two race victories, six podiums    Monaco GP before after another             him to undertake a Mechanical           some composite work, and was
     and third place in the Constructors’    driver crashed into him just seven         Engineering degree course at the        then appointed Head of Mechanical
     Championship.                           laps from the end of the race.             Polytechnic of Wolverhampton            Design, and then Joint Chief
                                                                                        and he left there with a first class    Designer. He overlapped with Mike
46   07: TEAM LOTUS SENIOR MANAGEMENT                                                47   07: TEAM LOTUS SENIOR MANAGEMENT




     Gascoyne for the last couple of         in Norwich, UK, Keith started his            Keith left Red Bull in 2008 and       Manager and eventually Manager
     years he was there, firstly when        racing profession at Team Lotus              in 2009 joined Lotus Racing as        of Events and Operations
     Mike was Chief Designer and then        International where he worked with           COO, reporting directly to Chief      Services.
     working with him when he was            Clive Chapman in the Purchasing              Technical Officer Mike Gascoyne,
     made Technical Director.                and Logistics department. Keith              to help establish the team’s racing   In 2003, Mia was offered the
                                             then moved to the Benetton                   operations at its UK facility in      opportunity by Motorsport Asia
     Mike then went to Renault and Mark      Formula 1™ team, initially heading           Hingham. As COO of Team Lotus         Limited (MAL) to embark on an
     joined him there in 2000 as Chief       up the Buying department. He                 he has played an integral role in     ambitious project to organise and
     Designer. He thoroughly enjoyed         quickly assumed responsibility for           the establishment of the team         promote the Porsche Carrera Cup
     that role as they joined at a time      all internal manufacturing as well as        as a serious force in F1™ for the     Asia, Formula BMW Asia, and
     when Renault had just bought the        all purchasing and logistics. He was         long-term, a fitting accolade for     the Asian Touring Car series’. For
     Benetton team which was going           latterly to become Special Projects          someone with Keith’s experience.      the next 5 years as the General
     through a lean spell and three years    Manager at the team, leading                                                       Manager, he gained experience
     later the team had progressed           a number of engineering and                  MIA SHARIZMAN                         in organising and undertaking all
     enough to win the Hungarian GP in       operational projects throughout              HEAD OF OPERATIONS (ASIA)             operational matters of the series
     2003.                                   the business.                                                                      and the Asia Festival of Speed
                                                                                          Mia Sharizman has a total of 12       events in every circuit in Asia and
     From Renault Mark went to Red           In 1999, he took a short break away          years experience in motorsports,      the Middle-East.
     Bull Racing in 2005, firstly as         from Formula 1™ but soon returned            starting with organizing the
     Deputy Technical Director and then      to the sport with the Renault team           MotoGP in 1998 to helming the         In late 2008, Mia took on the
     Technical Director. The team was        as Head of Manufacturing. In this            Motorsports Association of            challenge to be the Chief
     going through a transitional phase      key role, Keith was responsible for          Malaysia (MAM) as its CEO             Executive of the Motorsports
     having been bought from Jaguar          all project management,                      since 2008.                           Association of Malaysia (MAM),
     but he enjoyed his time helping         manufacturing, purchasing,                                                         striving to improve and change
     to build the team before moving         production and management                    Upon graduating from Universiti       the face of Malaysian Motorsports
     across to Force India as Design         reporting.                                   Kebangsaan Malaysia in 1996 with      by enhancing its development
     Director in 2007. Two years later                                                    an LLB (Hons) and subsequently        programme to move the sport
     Mark was promoted to Technical          In 2006, Keith was offered the               accepted to the Malaysian Bar         forward in Malaysia.
     Director before making the move to      Chief Operating Officer role at Red          in 1997, Mia Sharizman joined
     Team Lotus in 2011.                     Bull Racing, managing the team’s             Malaysia Airports Management          In 2009 he accepted the huge
                                             Formula 1™ facility in Milton Keynes.        and Technical Services Sdn Bhd        responsibility of helping create a
     KEITH SAUNT                             Shortly after assuming this post,            in 1997 as a junior executive.        new F1™ team from nothing, and
     CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER (UK)            he was asked by Red Bull owner               After successfully organizing         now plays a key role in helping
                                             Dietrich Mateschitz to become                the MotoGP event in 1998, Mia         Team Lotus reach its long-term
     Keith Saunt has an enviable career      Director of Red Bull Technology              became among the pioneer              goals.
     in the top flight of motor racing and   charged with delivering a brand              staff members of the Sepang
     his move to the new Lotus Racing        new manufacturing centre which               International Circuit in 1998. He
     squad as Chief Operations Officer       enhanced the overall capability of           spent 5 years with SIC rising
     in 2009 saw his Formula 1™ career       the Red Bull Racing team.                    from Legal Officer to Events
     come full circle. Born and bred                                                      Coordinator, Broadcasting
TEAM LOTUS
             49   08: TEAM LOTUS FACTORY




FACTORY           Team Lotus Factory
                  The Team Lotus production and
                  race team base is in Hingham,
                  Norfolk in the UK, a 50,000 square
                                                         An open plan design office housing
                                                         70 designers exists on the first
                                                         floor with conference facilities
                  foot facility that is fully equipped   adjacent. This floor also houses the
                  to enable the team to face the         offices for management, marketing
                  challenges of an aggressive car        and the support functions of
                  build programme. The factory is        Information Technology, the
                  close to the original Team Lotus       team’s engineers and all the other
                  base and currently employs             administration functions.
                  approximately 220 people.
                                                         On the ground floor further offices
                  The team is also in the early          for operational departments lie
                  stages of building a dedicated         next to the machine shop which
                  wind tunnel on the Hingham site,       comprises CNC mills and lathes
                  giving it complete control of its      as well as manual machining
                  design, testing and development        centres and support equipment.
                  programmes in-house.                   A composites function boasts
                                                         two modern autoclaves, one big
                  In the initial stages of car           enough for the largest of F1™
                  development in 2009 / 2010,            carbon components and both
                  the team established technical         a large pattern shop (including
                  partnerships with Cosworth             5-axis router) and an impressive
                  (engines), aerodynamics specialists    clean room for laminating key car
                  Fondtech as well as gearbox /          parts. A fully equipped quality
                  hydraulics specialists Xtrac. These    and inspection department is
                  have now been updated for 2011,        also on site which opens onto
                  with Renault supplying engines         the race shop where the cars
                  and Red Bull Technology the            are built, re-built and prepared
                  gearboxes and hydraulic systems        for racing. The other race team
                  while Fondtech continues to            support functions of sub-assembly,
                  provide wind tunnel facilities. The    gearbox, hydraulics and electronics
                  team also collaborates with two        are also housed within this facility.
                  Malaysian universities – Universiti
                  Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and
                  Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS
                  (UTP) for engineering and
                  composites support.
1MALAYSIA RACING
                   51   09: 1MALAYSIA RACING




SDN BHD                 1Malaysia Racing Team Sdn Bhd
                        Team Lotus is operated by
                        1Malaysia Racing Team Sdn Bhd, a
                        privately-funded project owned by
                                                             As Lotus Racing, the team’s entry
                                                             into Formula 1™ was confirmed
                                                             by the FIA on 15 September
                        Tune Group. Tune Group is jointly    2009 and was announced to the
                        owned by Team Principal Dato’        world by Malaysian Prime Minister
                        Sri Tony Fernandes and Director      Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak in Kuala
                        Dato’ Kamarudin Meranun and the      Lumpur. From 2011 the company
                        third Director of Team Lotus is SM   race under the Team Lotus name,
                        Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin, the         reviving one of sport’s most iconic
                        CEO of Naza Group.                   brands.
THE CATERHAM
                 53   10: THE CATERHAM SEVEN: A SHORT HISTORY




SEVEN: A SHORT        A Short History
                      In the summer of 1957, British            bear upon the struggling Vanwall




HISTORY
                      motoring was entering a bright            Formula One team; resulting a leap
                      new era. After half a century of          in performance that carried Stirling
                      European dominance, motor sport           Moss to the team’s euphoric debut
                      was coming under the spell of a           victory in the British Grand Prix on
                      new breed of talented British drivers     July 20 1957. Less than two weeks
                      and automotive designers – and the        later, construction began on the first
                      magic of that time endures to this        Lotus Seven.
                      day in the form of the Caterham
                      Seven.                                    Closely following the evolutionary
                                                                line from the Lotus Mk.I – Mk.VI,
                      The brightest light among the young       Chapman once remarked that the
                      British engineers to emerge in the        Seven was the type of design that
                      1950s was Colin Chapman. His first        he could ‘dash off in a weekend’.
                      car was a lightweight Austin Seven-       Within six weeks the new car
                      based trials car, christened Lotus        made its competition debut at the
                      Mk.I, which debuted in 1948. A Ford-      Brighton Speed Trials and, with its
                      engined Mk.II emerged the following       Coventry-Climax engine, disc brakes
                      year and, alongside its trials success,   all round and advanced De-Dion rear
                      won its class in a circuit race at        suspension, began to dominate in
                      Silverstone – setting Chapman on his      competition.
                      path to greatness.
                                                                Production soon followed, with the
                      By 1957 Colin Chapman was the             exotic racing kit being dropped in
                      toast of the British racing firmament     favour of a humble Ford sidevalve
                      while his lightweight, minimalist         engine, solid rear axle and drum
                      Lotus cars had become synonymous          brakes. To make the Seven even
                      with success. The ‘production’            more affordable it was offered as a
                      Lotus Mk.VI gave amateur drivers          self-assembly kit costing £526.00,
                      an accessible and potent machine          which further sealed the Seven’s
                      to take on more potent sports             maverick reputation by sidestepping
                      racing cars, while the sleek Lotus        British Purchase Tax requirements.
                      Eleven took class victories at major
                      sports car events around the world,       To completely avoid tax on the kit
                      including Le Mans and Sebring.            no assembly instructions could be
                                                                included – but Chapman realized
                      Finally Chapman’s engineering             that there was no rule covering
                      prowess had been brought to               the inclusion of ‘disassembly’
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     instructions. All that his adventurous   In 1973, however, it appeared as
     customers had to do was to follow        though the Seven’s days were
     these in reverse!                        over. British Purchase Tax was to
                                              be replaced by Europe’s blanket
     Of the many young men captivated         VAT and Colin Chapman’s vision of
     by the affordable performance of the     Lotus as the ‘British Ferrari’ building
     Lotus Seven, undoubtedly 24-year-        prestige GT cars and dominating
     old Graham Nearn was bitten              multi-million dollar Formula One
     hardest by the bug. Within two years     racing did not sit with his minimalist
     he had founded Caterham Car Sales        creation.
     and Coachworks on Caterham Hill
     in Surrey as one of the original Lotus   Thus Graham Nearn stepped into the
     centres specialising in the sales of     breach and secured manufacturing
     Lotus products.                          rights for the Seven under the
                                              Caterham Cars umbrella with
     As early as May 1960, Nearn’s            Chapman’s full endorsement. Thus
     enthusiasm for the Seven brought         Caterham became custodians of the
     benefits for his customers, when         Seven – paving the way for 38 years
     he upgraded Ford’s pre-war               of pure motoring enjoyment – and               In 2011 the Caterham Seven is still    With its new ownership providing
     sidevalve engine for the new ‘Kent’      counting!                                      the ultimate purist track and road     the perfect launch pad from which to
     overhead-valve unit for an affordable                                                   driving experience and in applying     mature into a truly global business,
     performance boost.                       The evolution of the Seven in                  more than 50 years’ knowledge and      the evolution of the breed continues
                                              Caterham’s care has been both                  experience invested in its primary     apace.
     Chapman and Lotus had meanwhile          mindful of the essence of the design           model, Caterham, in partnership with
     gone into the stratosphere, entering     and yet kept it at the cutting edge            Lola Cars, launched the Caterham
     Formula One as a constructor             of performance from generation to              SP/300.R, an all-new sports
     in 1957, winning its first Grand         generation.                                    prototype racing car for a new
     Prix in 1960 and its first world                                                        one-make series and the trackday
     championship in 1963. The Seven          Colin Chapman’s basic principle of             community.
     blazed a trail throughout the            ‘adding lightness’ and engineering
     1960s on the back of this racing         simplicity remain firmly in place.
     kudos and its own unique anti-           Caterham has nevertheless evolved
     establishment image, embodied            greater stiffness and more power to
     when it became the car of choice for     make a motoring legend of its own,
     Patrick McGoohan’s seminal 1960s         extended the car to accommodate
     countercultural drama The Prisoner.      drivers without Chapman’s slender,
                                              5’6 frame and steeped it in the
                                              passion and enthusiasm of the
                                              late Graham Nearn – founder of
                                              Caterham and saviour of the Seven.
THE STORY
               57   11: THE STORY OF THE SEVEN




OF THE SEVEN        The Story of the Seven
                    1957
                    July – construction of chassis #400 –
                    the first Lotus Seven – begins
                                                            1965
                                                            Caterham Cars supplies Seven
                                                            Series II registered KAR 120C for The
                                                            Prisoner TV series.
                    September – ‘works’ Lotus Seven
                    with Coventry-Climax engine, disk       Lotus Twin-Cam engine offered,
                    brakes and de Dion rear suspension      mainly for competition use
                    enters competition at Brighton
                    Speed Trials                            1967
                                                            Caterham Cars becomes the sole
                    November – introduction of              concessionaire for Seven.
                    production Lotus Seven at London
                    Motor Show, offered with Ford           1973
                    engines, drum brakes and live rear      Caterham Cars take over production
                    axle.                                   rights for Seven from Lotus.

                    1958                                    1974
                    ‘Super Seven’ with Coventry-Climax      Caterham Cars reverts production
                    engine announced.                       from the angular Series IV to the
                                                            iconic Series III layout.
                    1959
                    Graham Nearn creates Caterham           1980
                    Cars, established as one of the         The Caterham Seven begins its
                    first Lotus centres in premises on      production sports car career on the
                    Caterham Hill, Surrey, selling Sevens   racetracks.
                    and Elites.
                                                            1982
                    1960                                    Caterham Cars celebrates 25th year
                    Caterham Cars fits the first Ford       of Seven with Silver Jubilee model.
                    105e OHC engine to the Seven.
                                                            1983
                    1961                                    1.6-litre Cosworth BDR engine (140
                    Lotus Cars offers the Seven with the    bhp) introduced
                    Ford 105e engine
                                                            1985
                                                            Reintroduction of De Dion rear
                                                            suspension – as fitted to the first
                                                            racing Seven replacing live axle.
58   11: THE STORY OF THE SEVEN                                                    59   11: THE STORY OF THE SEVEN




     1986                                   Seven wins outright 24 Hour Race in         2000                                  the 0-100mph-0 record in 10.97
     Introduction of road going Super       Ohio, USA.                                  Caterham launches SV, offering 110    seconds and 0-60mph record in 3.14
     Seven race series after the success                                                mm (4.3 in) additional width across   seconds.
     of a trial race at the Colin Chapman   1993                                        the cockpit
     memorial meeting.                      Caterham Seven K-Series introduced                                                The all-new Caterham CSR is
                                            to Australia.                               Caterham Blackbird introduced –       launched in London, re-establishing
     Introduction of Seven HPC with most                                                class win at Nurburgring 24 hour      the Caterham-Cosworth partnership
     powerful engine option ever - 170      Caterham Cars wins Queen’s Award            Race                                  with 200 and 260 bhp Duratec
     bhp Cosworth BDR.                      for Export.                                                                       engines.
                                                                                        2001
     1987                                   Caterham manufactures own six-              Superlight European Championship      2005
     Caterham Cars moves production         speed gearbox.                              launched.                             13th January saw a Management Buy
     operation to spacious new factory                                                                                        In led by new Managing Director,
     at Dartford weeks before original      1995                                        Caterham Beaulieu introduced.         Ansar Ali, ex-Lotus General Manager.
     factory is destroyed by hurricane.     New racing Scholarship for novices
                                            in the UK.                                  Opening of Caterham Midlands          CSR260 that set the fastest lap
     1989                                                                                                                     at Silverstone for CAR magazine
     Establishment of Caterham Seven        1996                                        2002                                  against 15 other high-performance
     one-make race series in France.        Caterham Superlight (470kg)                 Caterham Cars form business and       cars
                                            introduced with modified 1.6 ‘K’            marketing partnership with MG
     1991                                   power unit.                                 Rover Group.                          10 years of the Caterham Academy
     First year of Caterham Vauxhall race   New showroom in Caterham                                                          - unique finance package offered for
     series.                                purchased.                                  New Classic and Superlight (R300,     the 2006 Academy
                                                                                        R400) models released, together
     1992                                   1997                                        with new MG XPower engines.           2006
     35th Anniversary model introduced.     Superlight ‘R’ (485kg) with 1.8 “K”                                               Superlight R400 is the first
                                            VHPD engine (193ps).                        R400 - class win at Nurburgring       Caterham to use new state-of-the-
     The Classic, a low cost entry model                                                24 hour Race by 10 laps, 11th place   art chassis construction methods.
     introduced.                            1998                                        overall – and banned henceforth
                                            New one-make race series in Turkey.         from the event!                       Modified Seven Roadsport 1.6-litre K
     JPE - Jonathan Palmer Evolution                                                                                          Series achieves 131mpg at the Shell
     launched at Motor Show. Breaks the     1999                                        2003                                  Eco-Marathon
     production car record from 0-100       Seven Zetec accepted by Sports Car          Caterham Cars celebrates 30 years
     mph-0 in a time of 12.6 seconds.       Club of America.                            of producing the Seven with the       0% finance offered on K-Series
                                                                                        introduction of two new models,       powered models for first time ever.
     One-make race series in Japan (the     Launch of R500 which breaks                 the Roadsport SV 30 and the
     only one-make series for imported      production lap record of the                Tracksport.                           Italy become the 20th country with
     cars in Japan).                        Nordschlieffe circuit at Nurburgring                                              an official Caterham importer -
                                                                                        2004                                  Automobil Trivellato
                                                                                        The R500 Evo is released, breaking
60   11: THE STORY OF THE SEVEN




     2007                                  2009
     50 years of the Seven                 Graham Nearn dies aged 76,
                                           universally applauded across
     Seven Roadsport 150 introduced –      the motoring and motorsport
     270bhp per tonne from Ford Sigma      communities as custodian of the
     engine                                legendary Seven

     Limited addition 50th Anniversary     Caterham achieves ECSSTA Euro
     bodykit pack added to options list    4 (EU4) emissions compliance,
                                           opening the opportunity for more
     June - Golden Jubilee celebrations    pan-European sales
     held at Donington Park with 350
     Sevens racing from around the world   2010
                                           Caterham achieves ECSSTA Euro
     2008                                  5 (EU5) emissions compliance,
     ‘RS Performance’ Levante released,    allowing continued international
     run of 8 cars with 2.3 V8 engine      growth and a record year for export
     producing up to 540bhp                sales

     All-new Superlight R500 released      Lambretta Special Edition brings
     with 2.0 litre Ford Duratec and       Carnaby Street glamour to the 21st
     0-60mph in 2.88 secs. Sequential      century
     transmission and launch control
     available, new dash design.           Roadsport 125 Monaco special
                                           edition celebrates timeless racing
     CDX Ltd. Ed. released with 1.6        elegance
     K Series engine, limited slip dif,
     Superlight wheels                     2011
                                           Caterham Cars opens an exciting
     Superlight R300 and Roadsport 175     new chapter in its long history with
     announced, both using 2.0 Duratec     the release of its first ever sports
                                           prototype racing car, the SP/300.R,
     R500 named Top Gear’s ‘Car of the     for a new one-make series and the
     Year’ in December                     trackday community
‘LESS IS MORE’
                 63   12: ‘LESS IS MORE’ – THE CATERHAM PHILOSOPHY




THE CATERHAM          ‘Less is More’ – The Caterham philosophy
                      The DNA that runs through every          to be a key factor in its continuing




PHILOSOPHY
                      Seven that rolls out of Caterham’s       global success.
                      Dartford factory can be traced all
                      the way back to the 1950s and one        Chapman famously said of the
                      man’s vision of what a proper British    Seven: “It was simple and just kept
                      sportscar should be.                     going. The sort of thing you could
                                                               dash off in a weekend. Well, a week
                      Such has been the success of the         maybe!”
                      original design that the cars built by
                      Caterham now are almost exactly          Chapman studied structural
                      the same as they were when they          engineering at University College
                      were first built by Colin Chapman        London and then learned to fly,
                      in 1957. Whilst it is true to say that   briefly joining the Royal Air Force
                      there isn’t a single component used      in 1948. His intimate knowledge of
                      in the build of today’s Seven that       the latest aeronautical engineering
                      has survived from the Lotus 7 from       techniques would later prove
                      which it was evolved, the lineage is     invaluable in bringing to life his
                      unbroken and entirely clear.             overriding theory of combining
                                                               lightweight structure with powerful
                      Caterham has continuously                drive.
                      developed, fettled and improved
                      the car but it has never lost sight of   While Chapman’s Lotus Cars
                      the roots from which the Seven has       produced affordable, yet cutting
                      grown and with good reason – this        edge, sportscars for the road, the
                      is a car that inspires passion and       Seven’s ancestry was also built on
                      emotion, as well as embodying the        the race track.
                      purest essence of what a sportscar
                      should be.                               Throughout the 1950s, Chapman’s
                                                               car designs competed at various
                      The life of the Seven started            levels of motorsport with much
                      inauspiciously – Chapman was             success. When he reached
                      being pressured for a successor to       Formula One, Chapman’s concepts
                      the relatively successful Lotus Mark     revolutionised the sport – what his
                      6 and just about threw together          lightweight, mid-engined cars gave
                      the design of the Seven at his           away in outright power, they more
                      home. Ironically, the simplicity of      than made up for in outstanding
                      engineering that the nature of this      handling characteristics.
                      creation necessitated turned out
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     Later, Team Lotus would win seven          in ‘73, it took an already successful        increased in capacity to 2-litres and
     F1 Constructors’ titles and six Drivers’   formula and, rightly, saw no need to         the core handling characteristics
     Championships between 1962 and             change the recipe, becoming instead          continue to be refined but, as with
     1978.                                      the most fastidious keeper of the            the ‘50s original, simplicity is the key
                                                legend that is the Seven.                    and the principles of light weight
     The simple philosophy of marrying                                                       and the purest sportscar responses
     a lightweight body to a powerful           Caterham took Chapman’s                      remain true.
     engine and applying intuitive,             philosophy of ‘adding lightness’ and
     confidence-inspiring handling is at        engineering austerity and simply             The magic of the original has never
     the core of the Seven.                     added a few enhancements over the            left and it remains one of the most
                                                years. In the early days, development        untainted, exhilarating driving
     In an age in which engineering             was more a case of fire-fighting as          experiences in the world.
     technology was advancing at a rapid        various components like engines,
     pace, Chapman’s theory stripped            axles etc became unavailable.
     the engineering of the Seven to its
     simplest form and instead placed the       Gradually, Caterham started
     driver at the heart of the Seven. The      adding its own small improvements
     experience behind the wheel was            to the car. Over the years, the
     placed central to the entire being of      Company has added stiffness to the
     the car and it is this notion that has     chassis, lengthened the cockpit to
     retained the Seven’s place close to        accommodate drivers somewhat
     the heart of driving enthusiasts.          taller and wider than Chapman’s,
                                                5’6 frame, added de Dion rear
     After building a series of cars with       suspension and revised geometry.
     moderate success, starting in 1948,
     it was with the Seven in ‘57 that          During the 1980s, Caterham
     things really took off for Chapman         developed its own six-speed
     as far as road cars go. Ironically,        gearbox and began producing its
     when Formula One came knocking,            own engine specifications. By the
     Chapman lost interest in what would        ‘90s, Caterham was really tapping
     become easily his most celebrated          into the full potential of the Seven,
     road car creation, leading to the          with a series of progressively more
     purchase of its rights in 1973 by          powerful versions, using engines
     Caterham Cars.                             from Cosworth and Vauxhall,
                                                amongst others.
     Graham Nearn’s Caterham Cars
     dealership had always been the most        Today, Caterham’s range of Sevens
     fervently enthusiastic sales outlet for    reflects perfectly the ideal that
     the Seven and, when the Company            Chapman created. The engines
     became ‘custodian’ of the Seven            now have Ford badges and have
‘SERIOUS FUN’
                67   13: 'SERIOUS FUN’ – CATERHAM IN MOTORSPORT




CATERHAM IN          ‘Serious Fun’ – Caterham in motorsport
                     In more than 50 years, the Seven          Day 1958 saw Graham Hill giving




MOTORSPORT
                     has earned its competition spurs          the Coventry-Climax demonstrator
                     in its own right and as the weapon        its racing debut at Brands Hatch,
                     of choice for such greats as double       claiming pole position and bouncing
                     Formula One world champion                back from a tentative start to win
                     Graham Hill, Grand Prix winners           against a field largely made up of Le
                     Francois Cevert and Jean-Pierre           Mans-spec Lotus Eleven sportscars!
                     Beltoise, and five-time Le Mans
                     winner Derek Bell.                        Such successes spurred a generation
                                                               into action, and seldom was there
                     The Seven was born to race – literally.   a sportscar race in which the Seven
                     The prototype, chassis 400, was           did not star.
                     designed to meet the requirements
                     of Edward Lewis: proprietor of            Owners began to swarm onto the
                     Westover racing clothing and              grids of national and club events,
                     successful competitor at the wheel        finding new ways of honing their
                     of his modified Lotus Mk.VI – the         remarkable racers. Sevens reigned
                     Edward Lewis Special.                     supreme around the world – until
                                                               the American authorities banned
                     Using the knowledge gained from           it from open competition for being
                     his advanced Lotus Eleven, the car        “too fast”.
                     that Colin Chapman designed took
                     a mere 38 days to build. Powered          Not every effort improved the
                     by a Coventry Climax FWA 1100cc           breed – such as the 1963 Fibrepair kit
                     engine, with a close ratio Austin A30     comprising a gull-wing hardtop and
                     gearbox, de Dion rear suspension          extended front wings in an attempt
                     and wishbone front suspension,            to make the Seven into a full GT car.
                     Lewis rushed the car straight from        It was a rare failure – the noisy, smelly
                     the factory to the Brighton Speed         and claustrophobic result being
                     Trials, where he finished second in       the antithesis of the Seven’s many
                     class.                                    virtues.

                     Chassis 400 continued to serve as         With Caterham taking over
                     a calling card for the production         stewardship of the Seven in 1973,
                     Seven, while Chapman got around to        success and competitiveness were
                     building a ‘works’ racer in between       paramount. So much so that, in 1976,
                     Formula One designs and the               the MSA banned Caterhams from
                     glamorous Elite sports GT. Boxing         open competition on the predictable
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     grounds that they were "too fast"         for cars and drivers alike from               it took to the BBC Top Gear test          With a 2.0-litre Ford Duratec
     - so Caterham developed its own           the Academy – and Roadsport                   track and lapped it faster than a         that has been supercharged for
     racing championships.                     B for the older K-Series engined              £1,000,000 Bugatti Veyron to prove        optimum power delivery (500bhp
                                               machines. Supersport follows as               that the Caterham Seven remains           per tonne without the driver), the
     Today, Caterham Motorsport is the         the ultimate iteration of road-legal          the benchmark for seriously fast fun      SP.300/R delivers 0-60 mph in 2.5
     UK’s biggest programme of one-            Academy cars including uprated                around the world.                         seconds and a top speed of 170mph.
     make championships. It is reckoned        suspension and the removal of                                                           Designed as a top end progression
     that there are more than a thousand       windscreen, headlights and road               Caterham racing has gone from             for Caterham racing and track
     competitors racing Caterhams all          legal requirements.                           strength to strength over the years       day specialists, a new one-make
     around the world, from Silverstone                                                      and not just in the UK – this year sees   racing series will begin in 2012 and
     and Brands Hatch to Bahrain and           The Superlight R300 category is the           the start of a new French version of      Caterham will be able to take its
     Abu Dhabi.                                first for pure-bred racers. The 175bhp        the Academy, while the French R300        family of racing drivers onwards and
                                               Superlight R300 race car is built             Cup championship features a packed        upwards into the international arena.
     In the UK, nearly two hundred             purely for racing, making use of a            grid of 45 cars.
     drivers form the Caterham                 Caterham 6 speed race transmission,
     ‘motorsport ladder’, comprising           Titan limited slip differential and           In January 2011, a new era began
     of six factory championships that         Bilstein full-race suspension. With           for Caterham, with the unveiling of
     boast the closest and most exciting       grids of more than 30 cars this is the        the range-topping Caterham-Lola
     racing possible, thanks to enviably       ultimate form of Seven racing today.          SP/300.R. Using all the experienced
     low costs and a field of identical cars                                                 gained in more than 50 years with
     controlled by tight regulations honed     Not that anyone has ever forgotten            the Seven, this astonishing sports
     over 25 years of racing.                  what a terror the Seven can be for            prototype-style racer and track
                                               much larger and pricier competition.          day car brings together all the
     No wonder more than 800 drivers           In 2002 a works-entered R400 not              lightweight Caterham qualities in
     have made their dream of becoming         only won its class in the Nürburgring         a sleek Le Mans-style prototype
     a racing driver come true in the          24 Hours by a full 10 laps of the             package.
     Caterham Academy. The Academy             fearsome 13-mile Nordschleife circuit,
     package takes the difficulty and          but also finished 11th overall from a
     expense out of going racing for           list of 200 starters that included a
     the first time. For as little as £199     host of supercars from BMW and
     per month, the Academy not                Porsche.
     only includes the Seven but also
     a supporting package including            Predictably, the organisers banned it
     training, technical support and a         forthwith.
     season of Caterham racing.
                                               Six years later the R500 emerged
     Next on the ladder come the               and, rather than strut its stuff in
     Roadsport categories, with                front of 500,000 German racing
     Roadsport A for mildly tweaked            fans, astonished 500,000,000
     Academy cars – giving progression         petrolheads around the world when
CELEBRITY SEVENS
                   71   14: CELEBRITY SEVENS




                        Celebrity Sevens
                        The original and most celebrated            and Captain America. They created
                        Seven in the media was the Series II        Wolverine, a mutant antihero with
                        Super Seven – registration KAR 120C         enhanced physical capabilities,
                        – remembered as the car driven              retracting claws on each hand and
                        by Patrick McGoohan’s hero in the           incredible healing skills, who drives
                        1960s counterculture drama The              a Lotus Seven rather than flying or
                        Prisoner. Recalling why he chose the        web-slinging his way to defeat evil.
                        little Lotus, McGoohan said:
                                                                    Across the Pacific, in Japan, the
                        “We needed a car for our hero.              Seven embodies that particular
                        Something out of the ordinary… a            British approach to motoring that
                        vehicle to fit his personality. The first   has struck such a chord with the
                        time I saw the now-familiar KAR             local culture. Alongside the original
                        120C, I had that certain feeling. It        Mini, the Seven is an icon of design
                        sort of looked me straight in the eye.      purity and it is therefore no surprise
                        I test drove it. This was it. A symbol      that it has become a regular feature
                        of all The Prisoner was to represent;       of manga comics and anime movies.
                        standing out from the crowd,                Among the series that the Seven has
                        quickness and agility, independence         starred in are You’re Under Arrest,
                        and a touch of the rebel."                  eX-Driver and Gate Keepers.

                        In the episode ‘Many Happy Returns’         Back in the real world – sort of – BBC
                        McGoohan’s character, Number 6,             Top Gear is one of the most-watched
                        even claims to have built KAR 120C          motoring programmes on the planet.
                        “with my own hands” – like so many          In 2008 Caterham took its audience
                        dapper young chaps of his era.              of more than 350 million viewers
                                                                    worldwide by the scruff of the neck
                        From its starring role in The Prisoner,     when the show’s ‘tame racing driver’
                        the Seven went on to make many              The Stig set the fifth-fastest time
                        cameo appearances in programmes             ever around its test track with the
                        such as The Persuaders through the          Superlight R500 CC, beating the
                        1970s, but it is in the realms of true      Bugatti Veyron.
                        fantasy where the Seven has won an
                        army of admirers.

                        In 1974 Marvel Comics created a
                        new superhero to stand alongside
                        The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man
ANSAR ALI
            73   15: ANSAR ALI – MANAGING DIRECTOR




MANAGING         Ansar Ali – Managing Director
                 Ansar Ali took the helm at Caterham      Prior to Caterham, Ansar spent five




DIRECTOR
                 Cars in January 2005 after leading a     years working for Group Lotus plc.
                 ‘Management Buy In’ of the business      where he was Lotus Cars General
                 from the founding Nearn family.          Manager responsible for UK &
                                                          Europe sales, marketing, PR and
                 Just a few months in, Ansar              product strategy. This involved
                 initiated a fundamental shift in the     managing a sales and distribution
                 engineering focus of the business        network in the UK and Europe with
                 after the collapse of exclusive engine   profit and loss responsibility for £30
                 supplier, MG Rover – a move which        million of sales delivering profits of
                 revitalised the legendary Seven          £4 million.
                 range.
                                                          In addition to his role managing
                 During the intervening years, he         Lotus’s vehicle sales, Ansar was a
                 oversaw the long-term stability of       Director of Lotus Finance responsible
                 Caterham, building on its historic       for introducing and developing
                 spirit of innovation, entrepreneurial    brand extension products including
                 endeavour, core motorsport               dealer and consumer financing
                 base and the notion of serving           schemes, specialist insurance
                 the ‘unserved’ – making racecar          products and sponsorship. Before
                 performance accessible to everyone.      Lotus, Ansar worked for Ford, where
                                                          he held a number of management
                 His leadership placed renewed            positions, and also ran a family
                 emphasis on overseas market,             business in the food-manufacturing
                 leading to the generation of record      sector. Ansar has a mechanical
                 export sales during the last two         engineering degree and an MBA
                 years, while his reinvigoration of       from Manchester Business School.
                 the Company's portfolio evolution
                 produced the iconic Superlight R500
                 as well as Caterham's first brand new
                 model for 15 years - the SP/300.R
                 sports prototype.
‘GOING GLOBAL’ –
                   75   16: ‘GOING GLOBAL’ – CATERHAM ABROAD




CATERHAM ABROAD         ‘Going global’ – Caterham abroad
                        In almost 40 years as a motor
                        manufacturer, Caterham Cars has never
                        been better placed to meet the enormous
                                                                      thanks to its fascination with all things
                                                                      British, is the firm’s oldest export market
                                                                      and still one of its most successful.
                        international demand for the electrifying
                        performance and pure driving experience       Other key markets exist in Italy, Germany
                        its cars deliver on road and track.           and the Benelux countries but Caterham
                                                                      expects this to expand greatly in coming
                        In the early days, Caterham Cars dealt        years and is already entering new and
                        with orders from foreign climes on a case-    uncharted territories.
                        by-case basis but, since 2005 when Mr
                        Ansar Ali took the helm, the Company          As well as the exciting opportunities
                        has placed more focus and dedicated           offered by the purchase of Caterham
                        increased resource towards export             Cars by Malaysian entrepreneur, Tony
                        markets.                                      Fernandes, Caterham’s first brand new
                                                                      model in 15 years, the dynamic sports
                        To that end, Caterham achieved                prototype SP/300.R also presents
                        European Community Small Series Type          opportunities for international expansion
                        Approval (ECSSTA) for its European            in the motorsport field.
                        range of cars for the first time in 2009
                        and opened the door to allow sales across     Through the continuing global success
                        the EC – a huge achievement for a car         of the Seven, Caterham has motorsport
                        manufacturer of Caterham’s size.              series in Japan, France, the Netherlands
                                                                      and Czech Republic, while many more
                        Today, Caterham exports cars to more          Sevens are raced in other countries.
                        than 20 countries. After a record export
                        sales year in 2010 and a comprehensive        The SP/300.R offers race drivers across
                        model range that meets ECSSTA with            the globe the chance to surge into sports
                        two homologated engines – the 1.6-litre       prototype racing without leaving the
                        Ford Sigma 120bhp EU5 and the 2.0-litre       acknowledged engineering expertise
                        Ford Duratec 175bhp EU5 – Caterham            and support of the Caterham motorsport
                        is perfectly positioned to take full          ‘family’.
                        advantage of the markets that will fuel the
                        Company’s future growth.                      On the road and on the track, Caterham
                                                                      Cars is preparing to educate the New
                        A total of 55% of Caterham’s sales are        World about its philosophy of engineering
                        now export sales of the legendary Seven,      excellence and pure driving enjoyment
                        with the biggest market in France, where      and serve the previously unserved
                        130 examples were sold last year. Japan,      audience.
‘MODEL CITIZEN’
                  77   17: ‘MODEL CITIZEN’ – CATERHAM’S CURRENT RANGE




CATERHAM’S             ‘Model citizen’ – Caterham’s current range
                       Classic




CURRENT RANGE          Caterham’s timeless entry-level Seven, the Classic, is raw and authentic. The
                       Classic is not a reproduction of the original Lotus Seven but its lineage is
                       unmistakeable – more than 50 years of fine-tuning has resulted in a vehicle
                       that, dynamically, is far superior but in truth is remarkably faithful to the
                       original.

                       Like most Sevens, the back-to-basics Classic can be purchased factory built
                       or in component form for self-assembly.

                          Weight (kg)    Power (bhp)    Torque (Ibs/ft)   0-60mph (secs)   bhp-per-tonne


                            525             105              95               6.5             200

                       Roadsport

                       The Roadsport series is Caterham’s touring specification Seven for all
                       seasons. Powerful yet comfortable, the Roadsport can be specified with a
                       Ford 125 or 150bhp 1.6-litre engine or a 175bhp 2.0-litre engine.

                       Combining high performance on the road with the practicality of weather
                       protection, as well as the ability to shine on track, a Roadsport Seven can do
                       it all. For even more comfort, the wider SV chassis is an option.

                       Roadsport 125

                          Weight (kg)    Power (bhp)    Torque (Ibs/ft)   0-60mph (secs)   bhp-per-tonne


                            550             125             120               5.9             227

                       Roadsport 150

                          Weight (kg)    Power (bhp)    Torque (Ibs/ft)   0-60mph (secs)   bhp-per-tonne


                            550             150             120                 5             270
78   17: ‘MODEL CITIZEN’ – CATERHAM’S CURRENT RANGE                                      79   17: ‘MODEL CITIZEN’ – CATERHAM’S CURRENT RANGE




     Roadsport 175                                                                            Superlight

        Weight (kg)    Power (bhp)    Torque (Ibs/ft)   0-60mph (secs)   bhp-per-tonne        The track-orientated specification of the Superlight imbues it with a harder,
                                                                                              more focussed nature that is ideal for the circuit, while remaining pliant
          550             175             139               4.8              318              enough for the road. It is built around Colin Chapman’s ethos of ‘adding
                                                                                              lightness’, so all unnecessary comforts are removed to reduce weight.
     Academy
                                                                                              As well as its weight-saving programme, the Superlight gains performance
     The Seven is one of the world’s most popular racing cars and the Caterham                essentials such as wide-track suspension, a close-ratio 6-speed gearbox and
     Academy is recognised as being the best value route into motorsport for                  ventilated brake discs with four-pot callipers.
     rookie drivers. The Academy has created some 800 brand new racing
     drivers since its inception in 1995.                                                        Weight (kg)    Power (bhp)    Torque (Ibs/ft)   0-60mph (secs)   bhp-per-tonne


     The Academy car, which is also road-legal, comes ready to race and is                          515            150             120               4.7             290
     powered by a 125bhp Ford 1.6-litre engine.
                                                                                              Superlight R300
        Weight (kg)    Power (bhp)    Torque (Ibs/ft)   0-60mph (secs)   bhp-per-tonne
                                                                                              The first of three Ford Duratec-powered Superlight models, the R300’s
          525             125             120               5.9             238               combination of power and lightness make it an exceptionally capable all-
                                                                                              rounder. Blistering on-track pace, supreme handling characteristics and a
     Supersport                                                                               powerful 2.0-litre engine produce a remarkably well-balanced Seven which
                                                                                              executes the ‘performance through light weight’ philosophy to a tee.
     Caterham’s most track-biased model is also the newest edition to the Seven
     range. Derived directly from the race car that competes in the highly-                   The R300 is traditionally Caterham’s best-selling Superlight model.
     successful Caterham Supersport championship, the road-going edition
     borrows all of the race version’s performance essentials but is fine-tuned for              Weight (kg)    Power (bhp)    Torque (Ibs/ft)   0-60mph (secs)   bhp-per-tonne
     the road.
                                                                                                    515            175             139               4.5             339
     Its performance focussed specification includes a specially tuned 1.6-litre
     140bhp engine, a limited slip differential, race-spec dampers, lightened
     flywheel and a five-speed gearbox with ‘sprint’ ratios.

        Weight (kg)    Power (bhp)    Torque (Ibs/ft)   0-60mph (secs)   bhp-per-tonne


          520             140             120               4.9             269
80   17: ‘MODEL CITIZEN’ – CATERHAM’S CURRENT RANGE                                     81   17: ‘MODEL CITIZEN’ – CATERHAM’S CURRENT RANGE




     Superlight R400                                                                         SP/300.R

     The R400 possesses all the attributes of the R300 but adds serious                      Caterham’s first track only sportscar, with its highly-developed aerodynamics
     horsepower to the mix. Its Caterham Power Train (CPT) tuned Ford Duratec                and a supercharged Ford engine producing over 300bhp was, like all
     engine produces 210bhp and propels it to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds – more              Caterhams, designed to be a true driver’s car. The SP/300.R sports
     than quick enough to humble supercars costing many times its price.                     prototype fuses Caterham’s core principles and Lola Cars’ advanced
                                                                                             research & development in spectacular fashion, resulting in a car that will
        Weight (kg)    Power (bhp)   Torque (Ibs/ft)   0-60mph (secs)   bhp-per-tonne        outperform anything else at the same price point.

           515            210            150               3.8             420               Caterham Motorsport is launching a prestigious one-make series in which
                                                                                             the SP/300.R will star in 2012.
     Superlight R500
                                                                                                Weight (kg)    Power (bhp)   Torque (Ibs/ft)   0-60mph (secs)   bhp-per-tonne
     The Superlight R500 represents the ultimate expression of Colin Chapman’s
     fundamentals. Liberal use of carbon fibre, saving even more weight, and a                    545             301            214               2.88            552
     ferocious 263bhp engine mean the R500 has more brake horsepower-per-
     tonne than a Bugatti Veyron. Its performance is simply breathtaking.

        Weight (kg)    Power (bhp)   Torque (Ibs/ft)   0-60mph (secs)   bhp-per-tonne


           506           263             177               2.88            520

     CSR

     The Caterham Seven CSR is built around a wider chassis and boasts
     advanced F1-style pushrod front and independent rear suspension,
     resulting in the most sophisticated Seven available. Additional aerodynamic
     enhancements, a contemporary interior and a highly tuned 2.3-litre Ford
     Duratec engine make for a comfortable long-distance Seven, which has the
     firepower and finesse to embarrass almost anything on the road.

        Weight (kg)    Power (bhp)   Torque (Ibs/ft)   0-60mph (secs)   bhp-per-tonne


           575           260             200                3.1            452
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