AirAsia and Lotus Racing have unveiled an Airbus
A320 aircraft adorned in the legendary, classic colours of Lotus
In Lotus Racing’s classic British racing green and yellow,
the livery features the name ‘Team Lotus’, which is the new name
the team will be racing under in 2011.
Lotus Racing Team Principal Dato’ Sri Dr. Tony
is also AirAsia’s Group CEO said, “This new livery does not only
symbolize our energetic partnership, but a joint-representation
of the hard work and challenges that we went through for the taste
of success. Initially, many have the opinion that Lotus Racing was
a far-fetched dream and didn’t believe we could prepare the cars
and make the grid in time for the 2010 season. But the team showed
the cynics wrong and gained respect and recognition as serious
contenders in F1TM, with top-class drivers racing for the team.”
As the official partner of Lotus Racing, AirAsia’s
unveiling of the ‘Team Lotus’ plane livery also signify the
airline’s commitment in supporting Malaysia’s first Formula One
outfit and the development of motorsport activities and talents in
the ASEAN region.
One of the team drivers, Heikki Kovalainen,
said, “There's not many teams that can go racing and be carried
home on a plane in their own team's colours - that is cool - in
fact it's pretty hardcore, painting a whole plane in our colours!
I want to say thanks to Tony, Kamarudin and all the guys at
AirAsia for doing this - it's very special for everyone in the
team, and it'll be a real honour flying into KL on board.
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