Swiss Simona de Silvestro finished 3rd in the 2009 Atlantic Championship, and competed full-time in the IndyCar Series in 2010-2013. In the 2012 IndyCar Series season, she piloted the No. 78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy sponsored Dallara-Lotus for Lotus-HVM Racing. The entry was one of five cars to start the season powered by the new Lotus engine. The Lotus proved to be significantly underpowered compared to the Chevrolet and Honda engines used by the rest of the field. By the end of May, all entrants other than de Silvestro’s No. 78 had abandoned the Lotus powerplant and switched to either Chevy or Honda. De Silvestro was saddled for the entire season with the inferior Lotus. The underpowered engine made it impossible for de Silvestro to be competitive, resulting in consistently poor qualifying and race results. On several occasions the car was black flagged for failing to maintain the minimum safe speed, including the 2012 Indianapolis 500. For the season, de Silvestro qualified for all 15 races on the schedule, started 14, and finished 6. Her best finish was 14th at Detroit and Iowa. She finished 24th overall in the series standings. This scale models is the Formula143 special conversion of Greenlight production model.
|Simona de Silvestro||78||Lotus–HVM Racing|
|Dallara DW12 (IR12)||Lotus||Nuclear Clean Air Energy / Lotus|