Group Lotus has always been supportive of kart racing, for the reason that it’s a great way to spot talented motor racing drivers. But lately, it has become apparent that Lotus is a major presence in karting because it wants to work with young people who are showing terrific potential in design and engineering.
Among the Formula 1 stars who started their careers in karting are former Lotus driver Ayrton Senna as well as Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. Armed with the ‘Lotus Racing Karts’ banner, the company has partnered with Jefra Racing to participate in the 2012 CIK-FIA World Karting Championship.
Similar to the Lotus Formula 1 racers in the 1970s and most of the 1980s, the team’s vehicles will have the distinctive black and gold livery.
Fran Jerancic is the leader of this team, which has its headquarters at Jefra’s home base in Italy, located right outside Treviso. Meanwhile, seasoned manufacturer Wildkart will be providing the karts. Miodrag Kotur, the Director of Operations for Lotus Motorsport, said that its move to join karting is “exciting on many levels.”
Kotur said that Lotus is broadening its motorsports program as well as honing talent but at the same time, it is getting the chance to team up with “two world-class specialists.”
More details will be announced about Lotus Racing Karts on Feb. 14, 2012, during the Autosport Show that will take place at Britain’s National Exhibition Centre near Birmingham, West Midlands.