The Lotus International Rally team is set to make its race debut in April in the FIA European Rally Championship. In partnership with Italian team United Business, who won the title last year, the Exige R-GT will compete dressed in a black and gold colour scheme.

Former Portuguese champion and SWRC driver Bernardo Sousa will race the car at the Rally 1000 Miglia in Brescia, Italy, on 19-21 Aprily. Next week the Exige R-GT undergoes its final testing before being submitted to the FIA for homologation. Ten cars will be built this year, with seven cars allocated to the official team and European racing drivers.

Lotus is also planning to enter an official team in this year’s European Le Mans Series. A black and gold-coloured Evora GTE will compete in the GTE Pro class with factory driver Johnny Mowlem at the wheel. The two other drivers that will comprise this one-car team will be announced shortly.

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