It's official Team Lotus or 1MalaysiaF1 now own Caterham.
Team Lotus is owned by Tony Fernandes and his partners.
I've just posted this comment on the Independent site:
This is great news. Now Team Lotus have an F1 team which feeds into a sports car manufacturer.
Group Lotus must be very jealous!
The Independent also wrote a negative article on the UK coalition governments attempts to encourage private Universities in Britain. I have to say I think a well run Motorsport University would be great! I am a little biased though...
Westfield has entered an agreement with DRB-Hicom to assemble and import their cars... the Lotus 7 replica being the most well known.
Group Lotus is owned by Proton.
Oh well... There is something quintessentially British about Malaysia.
For a country that hardly buys any Lotus cars they certainly are into the brand.
From the Motorsport University perspective Caterham and Westfields allow the students to self assemble and are much cheaper than the real Lotuses coming down the line.
This combined with Team Lotus actually being an F1 team would have a great synergy.
Group Lotus have the finance and political clout to make this happen. They don't appear to have the will.
When I was punting the idea around in KL. Tony Fernandes partners NAZA were often mentioned as bumiputra entrepreneurs who might be interested in the project. Alex Yoong knows all about my plans. He is part of their team. Lets see what transpires.