Time is rapidly running out for Group Lotus and Team Lotus to sort out their differences over their respective claims to use the ‘Lotus’ moniker in 2011 before London’s High Court decides the matter for them, with an announcement that a summary hearing into the matter will kick off on January 24.

Recently, Group Lotus CEO Dany Bahar added more of his thoughts to the battle to win over the court of popular opinion, by claiming that he remained confident the matter could be sorted before it hit the court system.

London’s High Court will hear Group Lotus’ application for a summary judgement to prevent the matter escalating into a lengthy trial.

Meanwhile, Team Lotus is confident of a ruling in its favour, and has no intentions of rebranding its identity in 2011.

“We know we are Team Lotus, so it’s really not an issue for us,” Riad Asmat, the right-hand man to team principal Tony Fernandes, said to the BBC.

“We have a five-year plan. It’s unfortunate they (Group Lotus) decided to go their own way for reasons which to me are trivial.”

Asmat also added that – despite Bahar’s assertions that the matter could be resolved before the court date – his team had not had any recent discussion with anyone from Bahar’s side.

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