The Lotus International Rally team is set to make its race debut in April in the FIA European Rally Championship in partnership with last year’s winning team United Business from Italy. Former Portuguese champion and Super 2000 World Rally Championship (SWRC) driver Bernardo Sousa is set to race the car at the Rally Mille Miglia (Thousand Mile) in Brescia, Italy, on April 19–21, provided the car is ready. Next week the Exige R-GT undergoes its final testing before being submitted to the FIA for homologation. Ten cars will be built this year, with seven cars allocated to the official team and European racing drivers. The Exige R-GT will be painted in Lotus’ iconic black and gold colour scheme.
Lotus has been successful in rallying before, winning the 1981 World Rally Championship with the Talbot Sunbeam Lotus.
Pier Liberali, Owner and President of United Business, commented: “This partnership agreement with Lotus Racing fills me with pride. Lotus is one of the most famous manufacturers worldwide in the motorsports field. It is an honour for us to be able to work with them, and we will do our utmost to exceed their expectations.”