Lotus is entering the kart world, and with this move the company becomes the first car manufacturer to have a presence at the entry level of motorsport, great for early talent spotting.

Competing under the ‘Lotus Racing Karts’ banner and forming part of the Lotus Motorsport division, Lotus Racing Karts will field a factory backed team, operated by Jefra Racing out of its headquarters near Treviso, Italy. With a racing pedigree spanning over 40 years, Lotus hopes that JR’s invaluable experience and leadership from Team Manager Franc Jerancic will form the basis of a truly competitive team.

The talents spotted and recruited by Jerancic will have all the latest homologated material at their disposal, including two new chassis models ‘Colin C30’ and ‘Jimmy C32’. Lotus Racing Karts will enter CIK-FIA international karting events for KF and KZ categories and the World Karting Championship for KF1 category.

The production of karts and components is licensed by Group Lotus to Wildkart, specialists in aeronautics precision engineering since 1996 and manufacturer of karts since 2002. Today, Wildkart is regarded as an authority in kart chassis and components, providing services and solutions to many karting suppliers and brands. Lotus Racing Karts will unveil their 2012 karts at the annual Autosport International event in January 2012.