Lotus has announced a tie-up with Red Bull in which it will use gearboxes and hydraulic systems supplied by the current world championship leaders in 2011.
Chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne said:
The announcement that we have reached a multi-year agreement with Red Bull Technology for the supply of our gearboxes and hydraulics from 2011 is obviously a massive step forward for us, both in engineering terms, and as an expression of our ambitions for next year and for future championships.
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!
Team principal Tony Fernandes described the deal as “a real statement of our intention to challenge for Formula One honours as soon as we can”.
Gearbox and hydraulic reliability has been a persistent problem for Lotus this year, contributing to many of their drivers’ nine racing-ending mechanical failures.
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