Continuing the hectic pace of development and innovation at Lotus, the Racing department has announced that the Lotus International Rally team will debut in April in the FIA European Rally Championship.
In partnership with Italian team United Business, who won the title last year, the Exige R-GT will be painted in the iconic black and gold Lotus color scheme.
Former Portuguese champion and Super 2000 World Rally Championship (SWRC) Bernardo Sousa will drive the car at the Rally 1000 Miglia in Brescia, Italy, on 19-21 April. This is provisional on the car being ready in time, although next week the Exige R-GT undergoes final testing before being submitted to the FIA for homologation.
Ten Exige R-GT will be built this year, with seven allocated to the official team and European drivers.
Claudio Berro, Director of Lotus Racing, started his career rallying and is thrilled to be back. “This will be the first GT car to be homologated by the FIA. Lotus has been successful in rallying before, winning the 1981 WRC with the Talbot Sunbeam Lotus. So in many ways, we’re going back to our roots. The championship largely takes place on tarmac, which suits us. It’s so exciting to go rallying with this new project. It’s another big challenge for Lotus.”