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Team Lotus buy Caterham Cars and head for a quick F1 test // Team Lotus snap up some cars, and head for a straightline test

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Team Lotus buy Caterham Cars and head for a quick F1 test
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It is the 27th April 2011, welcome to F1Minute.

Team Lotus have announced their purchase of Caterham Cars today at an event held in Duxford. Caterham have looked after Colin Chapman’s Seven car since the 1970s, and Tony Fernandes has paid tribute to the car: “Caterham Cars has remained wholly faithful to Colin Chapman’s philosophy of ‘less is more’, and the DNA of the original Seven can still be traced to the newest additions to Caterham’s product offering. It is already a successful business with sales across Europe, Japan, Australia and the Middle East, and under the guidance of the existing management team,we now have all the ingredients and the launch pad to further evolve that spirit...”

The announcement doesn’t confirm any specific details or plans, but will have been well-timed to come just ahead of the results of the Lotus versus Lotus court case.

Meanwhile, Team Lotus will be running their F1 car in some straight line tests at Duxford today, with both Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli, plus all four test drivers present.