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I read a piece today on Pistonheads saying this :  Polestar motorsport activities to cease has Geely brings all motorsport in house

It does not affect our dear Lotus as of now however I think it is an interesting development nonetheless.

The creation of that new entity does not mean the end of Polestar/Cyan, the program had already ended with the WTCC win and the effort was not to be renewed, as Polestar is headed in a completely different direction. In fact under the Geely group motorsport or "GGM", Geely is going to assign programs to its brand from the very top à la VW.

There have been strong hints that Polestar was headed to Formula E and some signs do point to a tie up with one independent entry as Porsche and Mercedes have taken the last 2 slots on the 12 teams grid,  that leaves Dragon and Virgin racing as both are without a work deal next year.

Volvo and Lynk & Co have no clear program on their agenda while Proton is keen to go back to WRC or WRC2  with their current offering and Geely Auto is propping the Chinese F4 championship and seems happy with that for now.

As we know Lotus motorsport division is inactive right now but with the new structure the brand could form an assault on any program it may want to tackle by using the Geely group motorsport hubs and a base in Hethel. Lotus is now developing a new carbon fiber "hypersport" to replace the 3-Eleven, that car could in fact spearhead the return of Lotus to motorsport in order to improve brand awareness. JMG said the car would be slightly less raw than the 3-Eleven yet it will be carbon fiber to save weight no doubt, and it could also feature a roof in order to sell in higher numbers than the 3-Eleven did. A car with  similar power to weight ratio as a 3-Eleven with a roof would be a very good base for a  ACO or FIA GT car. 

And with "GGM" providing all the back office infrastructure Lotus have a viable almost turn key motorsport program as early as 2020. 

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