Lotus Racing has announced recently that they will be using gearboxes and hydraulic systems from Red Bull technology from 2011 onwards. The agreement has been said to be a multi-year contract, without giving a specific time line.
“The gearbox / hydraulics package obviously plays a critical role in the performance of the car, not just on track but in design and packaging terms, and this deal gives our design and aero teams a very exciting platform to work with. The removal of the double diffusers in 2011 will allow the whole grid to tighten up the rear bodywork and mechanical structures around the gearbox, and this supply deal will allow us to capitalise on that with our 2011 car. Exciting times lie ahead!” said Mike Gascoyne, Lotus Racing Chief Technical Officer.
Christian Horner, Red Bull Racing Team principal was also pleased about the decision stating, “The fact that Red Bull Technology has been chosen to be a supplier to another team despite its short history demonstrates how much we have achieved since our first season. We very much look forward to working with Lotus Racing from 2011 onwards.”
Gone are the days where the promise of potentially good race results are wiped out by bad hydraulics?