Endurance: Lotus forced to miss Silverstone WEC race

Due to delays caused by an unavoidable change in engine supplier, the Lotus LMP team will not be competing at the opening round of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship in Silverstone later this month.

The Kodewa-run team had planned to use an Audi DTM-based V8 engine in its T129, but that option failed to materialise in time.

The team has decided to switch to an AER’s V6 biturbo, but that requires quite a bit of work.

“It was extremely frustrating to be let down by our original engine supplier. We were only notified late December that the supplier of the original engine, a naturally aspirated V8, could not deliver on time,” said Boris Bermes, Lotus LMP Head of Operations.

“We quickly made the decision to work with AER (Advanced Engine Research) with a V6 turbo and we’re very happy with the current collaboration. Since the changeover we have worked flat out to ensure that the Lotus LMP car is ready as soon as possible.”

All efforts are now concentrated on producing the best possible set-up ahead of the second round of the championship in Spa in May.

About AUTO123.COM - RSS