Lotus/Force India in new F1 spy scandal
3 November, 2009
Nov.4 (GMM) A new formula one espionage scandal is threatening to erupt. Switzerland’s Motorsport Aktuell reports that Force India is concerned that the wind tunnel model of Lotus’ 2010 car strongly resembles the Silverstone based team’s current VJM-02.
The common denominator is Mike Gascoyne, Lotus’ technical boss but formerly with Force India. It is believed that Force India has outstanding debts with the Italian company Aerolab, which is used by Gascoyne for its wind tunnel facilities.
When Force India stopped working at the Fondtech facility, a scale wind tunnel model was left behind. Gascoyne is now working with Aerolab/Fondtech on the Lotus F1 project. “If at all, that is a legal problem between Fondtech and Force India,” Gascoyne is quoted as saying.