Lotus announce Williams wind-tunnel deal 14 Jun 2011
Lotus have announced an expansion of their wind-tunnel operations after signing a deal to use one of the two tunnels run by Williams. The development means the team will run a two-tunnel programme from September, with the Aerolab facility in Italy working in conjunction with the one at Williams Grove site.
There are a number of reasons why I am delighted that we have signed this deal, explained Lotus team principal Tony Fernandes. From a practical perspective there are the obvious benefits of increasing our wind tunnel activity and using a state of the art facility in the UK, and I am sure that will immediately help Marianne Hinson (Head of Aerodynamics and CFD) and her team to work even more effectively in one of the key areas of the ongoing development of our team.
The other side of the agreement is that I owe a great deal of thanks to Frank Williams, Patrick Head and Adam Parr as they were the first people I ever worked with in Formula One. AirAsia was a proud sponsor of their team and Frank, Patrick and Adam played key roles in introducing me to the Formula One world, so I am very pleased that we are able to keep working together as Team Lotus continues to establish itself as a serious force in Formula One.
Lotus are currently building a dedicated wind-tunnel facility at their Hingham base and once their own facility is up and running, all activity will be transferred to the teams site.
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