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Lotus to use Red Bull gearbox in 2011

ESPNF1 Staff
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Lotus will use Red Bull technology in 2011 © Sutton Images

Lotus has announced it will use Red Bull gearboxes and hydraulic systems in 2011.

It is expected the team will shortly announce an agreement to use Renault's customer engine as well, meaning it will run exactly the same drivetrain as Red Bull next year. The news follows Lotus' split with Cosworth and the unreliable Xtrac gearbox and hydraulics it has been using this season.

Chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne said that the switch was an expression of Lotus' intent and would bring aerodynamic advantages at the rear of the car as well as mechanical ones.

"The announcement that we have reached a multi-year agreement with Red Bull Technology for the supply of our gearboxes and hydraulics from 2011 is obviously a massive step forward for us, both in engineering terms, and as an expression of our ambitions for next year and for future championships," Gascoyne said. "The gearbox / hydraulics package obviously plays a critical role in the performance of the car, not just on track but in design and packaging terms, and this deal gives our design and aero teams a very exciting platform to work with. The removal of the double diffusers in 2011 will allow the whole grid to tighten up the rear bodywork and mechanical structures around the gearbox, and this supply deal will allow us to capitalise on that with our 2011 car. Exciting times lie ahead!"

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner added his thoughts: "We are very pleased about Lotus Racing's decision to use Red Bull Technology gearboxes and hydraulic systems from 2011. The fact that Red Bull Technology has been chosen to be a supplier to another team despite its short history demonstrates how much we have achieved since our first season. We very much look forward to working with Lotus Racing from 2011 onwards."