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Lotus names car after factory

Kimi Räikkönen's Lotus Formula One team, formerly known as Renault, has decided to name this year's car after its factory in central England.

The E20 car, to be unveiled online on 5 February before the first pre-season test in Jerez, will be the 20th that the Enstone facility has produced.

Team boss Eric Boullier said in a statement on Friday that the name recognised the contribution of the factory staff to performance on the track.

Enstone has been the headquarters since Benetton, which started as Toleman, and won titles with the young Michael Schumacher before becoming Renault and winning again with Fernando Alonso, moved there in 1992.

Renault still provides the engines to Lotus but no longer has a financial stake in the team which changed its name after last season.


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