Team Lotus strike deal to use Red Bull KERS

By on Thursday, July 14, 2011

Jul.14 (GMM) Team Lotus has struck a deal with its technology partner Red Bull to use a KERS system in formula one.

Malaysian Tony Fernandes' small team is this year using the hydraulics system and gearbox run by the reigning championship-winning outfit in 2010.

And Finland's Turun Sanomat newspaper reports that, next year, the green liveried team will take yet another step forward because its Red Bull parts will be the ones currently used on Adrian Newey's dominant RB7.

And the KERS to be used by Team Lotus, Turun Sanomat continued, will be the Magneti Marelli system that is developed in cooperation with Renault and Red Bull.

Fernandes confirmed: "Yes, we have agreed with Red Bull on KERS."

Red Bull might be an odd choice as KERS supplier for Team Lotus, given the team's struggles with the technology so far in 2011.

Newey said last month that energy recovery is "Not really our forte. We are an aerodynamics and, sort of, chassis composite engineering group rather than a KERS group".

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