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1971 Lola

Posted by WindingRoad about 1 month, 1 week ago

With its advanced construction, state of the art technology, and low-profile body designs, Lolas remain among the most important and beautiful racecars ever built. And while many Lola cars were distinctively influential on the design of several other racing cars, including the Ford GT40, the history of their racing endeavors stretches throughout a wide range of cars and classes of racing.

Established in 1958 by Eric Broadley, a brilliant engineer and determined businessman, Lola cars was a fledgling company eager to establish their name in the growing field of competitive motorsports. The UK based company began their engineering developments building front-engine sports cars, rapidly expanding their offerings into more ambitious ventures. A key move for Lola was their ground-breaking development of the Lola Mk6 coupe, fitted with a Ford engine. This car would capture the attention of Ford engineers, who then vociferously tapped Broadley for innovative contributions to the development of the Ford GT40. During this intense two-year period, the GT40 gleaned numerous technical advances including Broadley’s sophisticated construction methods, suspension geometry, and body design.

Broadley’s intense development was further fortified by his exposure to millions of dollars of engineering advances funded by Ford and their juggernaut to win at Le Mans. The early engineering of lightweight yet remarkably robust aluminum monocoque construction, coupled with suspension dynamics and horsepower management, coupled with newly developed mid-engine platforms, culminated in some of the most advanced construction methods in any contemporary race car...

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