This is not some story i've heard (at least not recently), But Dave Richards keeps banging on how the team will be radically re-branded.
The Lotus rebranding came up again at Monza and was promptly dismissed by the team.
Don't see how that would have worked David Hunt says he has the rights to the Lotus team name, But Proton quite clearly have the rights to the Lotus name as a manufactuer of automobiles. So if the lotus name did return then surely it would return as a Lotus-proton.
Aways this re-branding nonsense will probably surface as a Honda factory team (I reckon). After all Honda did want to return as a factory effort (like Toyota) in the first place.
Remeber the Honda test car of 98, It blitz the likes of Mclaren and Ferrari with Verstappen and Salo in the cockpit.
However it all fell apart when designer Harvey P past away.