With its official entry into the CIK-FIA World Karting Championship next year, Group Lotus is determined to discover new talent.
With its move into karting, Group Lotus also becomes the first car manufacturer to have a presence at the entry level of motorsport, providing it with a unique opportunity to spot talent early.
Some of today’s most famous and successful motorsport personalities cut their teeth in karting – the newly crowned F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel is the perfect example of the benefits of early driver development, as are his peers, including former World Champions Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.
But Lotus isn’t just interested in spotting driving talent. The potential to work with young people showing an aptitude for design and engineering is recognized as another opportunity for Lotus.
Forming part of the Lotus Motorsport division, Lotus Racing Karts will field a factory-backed team, operated by Jefra Racing from its headquarters near Treviso, Italy.
With a formidable racing pedigree spanning more than 40 years, Jefra Racing has competed in many classes of motorsport. Lotus hopes this invaluable experience, with leadership from Team Manager Franc Jerancic, will form the basis of a competitive team.
And Franc Jerancic is the man to impress – drivers who are spotted and recruited by him will have the latest homologated material at their disposal. This will include two new chassis models ‘Colin C30’ and ‘Jimmy C32’, giving the Lotus Racing Karts team the edge as they take on the CIK-FIA international karting events for KF and KZ categories, as well as the World Karting Championship for KF1 category.
The production of karts and components is licensed by Group Lotus to Wildkart, which is regarded as an authority in kart chassis and components.
“Our entry into karting is exciting on many levels” commented Miodrag Kotur, from Lotus Motorsport. “Not only are we nurturing new talent and widening our motorsport program, but we also have an opportunity to join forces with two world-class specialists. It is exciting to see Lotus Motorsport grow in such an authentic, fresh and exhilarating way”