Kodewa-Praga takes delivery of the first new Lotus T128 prototype, testing it out at Paul Ricard.
Lotus may be in a state of flux at the moment, but fortunately that hasn’t had too adverse an effect on its racing presence. That’s probably mostly because Lotus loans out its name, logo and iconic black-and-gold livery to privateer teams (like the Lotus-Renault team in Formula One, among others). Still, it’s good to see the brand out on the track. The latest to hit the grid is the T128, a new class-2 Le Mans prototype that was just released at the Paul Ricard test track in the South of France.
The car was designed by the German engineers at Adress AG and features a livery penned by automotive futurist Daniel Simon. Although it’s an LMP2 racer, the T128 was designed to comply with the stricter safety standards of the LMP1 category. Available to any team that wants to buy one, this example will be fielded by Kodewa, which opted for a 3.6-liter V8 based on the BMW M3's but developed by Judd and rebadged by Czech firm Praga. The engine is mated to a Hewland six-speed sequential gearbox and bolstered by push-rod suspension, Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes and electric power steering.