Force India sues Lotus over car design

Last Updated: Jun 02, 2010, 16:37 PM IST

New Delhi: The Vijay Mallya-owned Force India
Formula One team has sued F1 rival Lotus in UK, accusing it of
copying their VJM03 wind tunnel model.

"The Force India F1 Team confirms it has instigated UK
civil proceedings against 1Malaysia Racing Team SDN BHD (a
Malaysian company), 1Malaysia Racing Team (UK) Limited (Lotus
Racing`s parent companies), Michael Gascoyne and Aerolab SRL,"
the Silverstone-based team said in a statement today.

The F1 team, of which Mallya is the Chairman, alleged
that Lotus, when it used the Aerolab and Fondtech facilities,
utilised Force India`s intellectual property, including
components and tyres exclusively licensed by Bridgestone, on
its wind tunnel model design for the current Lotus T127
chassis.

Force India said these are serious claims and it "would
not be taking such action if it could not provide supportive
evidence."

Force India believes Aerolab copied the team`s wind
tunnel -- a tool used in aerodynamic research -- design model
and passed it on to Lotus.

Incidentally, Lotus technical boss Gascoyne worked with
Force India in the past before he was shown the door.

PTI