Lotus LMP2 develops own sports car prototype
Lotus LMP2 is working with united forces in developing its own Lotus LMP car that will initially run in the LMP2 class. The next step will be the development of a new LMP1 car.
Kodewa, that is running two Lotus LMP2 cars in the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship, has ordered the development of the new chassis.
For teams that will be running the new Lotus LMP2 in the 2013 season for the first time, besides the support with spare parts at the race track, service packages for maintenance of spare parts will also be made available. Additionally, an engineering and simulation package will be offered to Lotus LMP2 customers.
The Lotus LMP2 will be a state of the art car in terms of aerodynamics and monocoque design, employing the latest designs and technologies.
The technical development is in the hands of Adess AG, a design office in Munich. The engineers of Advanced Design Engineering Systems Solutions AG bring a lot of experience from their work in Formula 1 and LMP1 sports cars. They work closely with James Key, one of the most successful Technical Directors in Formula 1 on cars design and specification.
Responsible for the stylistic elements and livery is once again Car Concept Designer Daniel Simon, a real futurist amongst car designers. Simon, who lives in Los Angeles, used to work as Senior Concept Designer with Bugatti and nowadays creates futuristic cars for Cosmic Motors, Tron Legacy and Prometheus in Hollywood. Daniel Simon designed the style-defining elements and graphics of the current Lotus LMP2.
The development of the new car is very well advanced with the latest CFD applications and with tests in the wind tunnel. Immediately after the season final of the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship the first shakedown is planned to take place.
Image credit: Lotus LMP2 / Daniel Simon