Lotus F1 car honours factory

2012-01-30 06:57

LONDON - Kimi Raikkonen's Lotus Formula 1 team, formerly known as Renault, has decided to name this year's car after their factory in central England.

The E20 car, to be unveiled online on February 5 before the first pre-season test in Jerez, Spain, will be the 20th that the Enstone facility has produced.

Team boss Eric Boullier the name recognised the contribution of the factory staff to performance on the track.


Enstone has been the headquarters since Benetton, which started as Toleman and won titles with the young Michael Schumacher before becoming Renault and winning again with Fernando Alonso, moved there in 1992.

Renault still provides the engines but no longer has a stake in the team, which changed its name after the 2011 season.