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Lotus Must Live Up To Its Name, Says Dr M

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad wants the Lotus F1 racing team to achieve success by living up to the brand's legendary name. The former prime minister said the Malaysian-backed team has had a mission since taking on the Lotus name and reputation, so "they jolly well better deliver on that." "Lotus is a very famous name, and if they fail, that is not going to be good for them," he told newsmen after opening the Lotus racing factory in Hingham, eastern England, on Monday. Dr Mahathir, who is Proton's adviser, was later assisted in firing up the engine of the Lotus F1 racing car—the Cosworth T127—while seated behind the wheel. Present were team principal Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes; his two deputies, Datuk Kamarudin Meranun and S.M. Nasarudi...

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