Lotus Group has made changes to its senior management as part of a shakeup at the British niche sports carmaker launched by new CEO Dany Bahar, Ferrari's former sales chief.
As part of the changes, Paul Newsome is the new product engineering director for Lotus Cars. Newsome moves to his new job from his previous role as managing director of Lotus Engineering.
Newsome's role will be to oversee the engineering of a range of new Lotus cars.
Robert Hentschel joins the group as director of Lotus Engineering from German engineering and design company EDAG.
Hentschel's task will be to lead the expansion of Lotus Engineering's third-party consultancy work and to further develop its lightweight architectures, driving dynamics, efficient performance and electrical/electronics.
Hentschel was most recently chief operating officer for North American operations at EDAG.
Lotus Engineering has new projects with three Chinese clients for 2010.