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07/17/12
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Lotus bringing more updates next two races
After Toronto’s engine failure during the race two weeks ago, De Silvestro’s engine was sent to the UK for analysis and repairs. Motorsport Engine Manager for Lotus, Vincent Pereme commented:

“The Edmonton Lotus engine will be an updated spec from the Toronto engine. The new bits in it will be adding another noticeable step in performance and will bring us definitely closer to the competitors. We will still be behind but getting closer at every race. We already have another improvement planned for Mid-Ohio as the parts were not made available in time to be brought to Edmonton unfortunately. This modification will bring a further step up in our fluid dynamics efficiency. As you can see, the authorization to upgrade the engine that we received on June 18th from IndyCar is used as much as possible, and clear steps are being made at every race.”

He added, “On the reliability side, we were unfortunate to have an issue on the engine which wasn’t related to the newly introduced engine upgrade. This engine failure that occurred with just a few laps into the Toronto race was a big blow to our expectations for the weekend. However, we have to keep in mind that engine failures are happening to all the manufacturers this season, and, even if seldom with Lotus, it happened that weekend. We have found a fix for it and don’t expect any such sad experience for the coming race weekend.

We will keep pushing until we get to the same level of performance as our competitors, but we are still a few steps away from that, right now.”
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