If we’d asked twelve months ago who you knew of at Caterham, most people would probably have answered Ansar Ali, Tony Fernandes and Mike Gascoyne.
It makes you proud to be British doesn’t it? Caterham, that quiet little corner of Surrey, England. Home of the most proudly independent car company by the same name. Now playing in the big league of motorsport, Formula 1.
This morning Caterham F1 published an interview with Technical Director, Mike Gascoyne, in which he explains the design and engineering of the new 2012 CT01 and the team’s target for the season ahead. Caterham F1 will be launching a new website next month, in the meantime you can keep track of their preparations via their Facebook page.
Although it was due to be released tomorrow (26th January) on the cover of this month’s F1 Racing magazine, printed copies of the magazine arrived on subscriber’s doormats this morning, forcing Caterham to hastily release this low-res glimpse of their new car for its online audience.
It is three years since I first visited Westfield’s Kingswinford factory; a trip that made such an impression that it would ultimately lead to me working there. Yet just over 12 months later, my faith was lost and exit swift.
With Malaysian-born Tony Fernandes as its new owner, it was only a matter of time before Caterham Cars set up a permanent residence in India – you see, despite being born in Kuala Lumpur, the Air Asia and Team Lotus boss’ late father was Indian.
It was whilst watching Dragon’s Den on BBC TV the other evening that I started to wonder about the physical input (time, management, direction) given to those who successfully pitched their ideas. The financial element is, of course, clearly stated but as most of us know, any venture that is struggling to capitalise on its potential needs more than just hard cash and “association”. This was absolutely the case with the fancy dress business which was eventually taken-on by Duncan Bannatyne.
We are hearing this morning that Mr Justice Peter Smith has dismissed the appeal made by Group Lotus, against the ruling which allowed 1Malaysia Racing Team to continue using the Team Lotus name in Formula One.
Team Lotus has today confirmed that GE (General Electric Company), a leading global technology and infrastructure company, has joined the Anglo-Malaysian team as a Premium Partner.
Team Lotus has confirmed today that it is expanding its wind tunnel operations having confirmed a deal with Williams F1 to use one of the Grove based team’s two wind tunnels from September 2011.
Just over an hour ago the High-Court case between Team Lotus and Group Lotus reached its conclusion and as we expected Mr Justice Peter Smith made his verdict in favour of Tony Fernandes’ 1Malaysia Racing Team, who were judged to be the true owner of the ‘Team Lotus’ name and its iconic roundel.
The golden heads of rapeseed flowers wallowed loftily next to a lush green Duxford meadow last Wednesday. A more fitting backdrop to the stunning livery of the new Team Lotus Caterham could surely never be found.