Lotus 'loan agreement' in HMRC insolvency proceedings

Lotus's Romain Grosjean Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Lotus owes HMRC £900,000 in unpaid income tax and National Insurance

Lotus has been given a 10-week breathing space in insolvency proceedings brought by Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

The High Court granted an adjournment after hearing a loan agreement had been finalised which meant that HMRC would receive £2.7m.

the Formula 1 team, based in Enstone, Oxfordshire, is facing administration over a £900,000 unpaid tax bill.

Mr Justice Birss heard a payment to HMRC would be made later this week.

It comes as Renault has signed a letter of intent to buy a controlling stake in Lotus to create a new Formula 1 team for 2016.

In a statement on Monday, Renault said it was the "first step towards the project of a Renault Formula 1 team".

HMRC brought the case againts Lotus because of unpaid income tax and National Insurance for June 2015.

Since then, while negotiations continued to save the team, a similar debt had accrued for July with another due shortly for August.

At a hearing on 18 September, Lotus argued if an administration order was made immediately the company would cease to trade and it would cost 400 jobs.

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