Horag Lista Lola Testing
And Lola LMP2/1 News
in the line of Lola B05/40s was testing at Most last week (Thursday-Friday,
June 30-July 1), Fredy Lienhard (below, right) and Didier Theys
(below) completing 450 kilometres, in less than favourable conditions.
Lola Judd ran perfectly, with no problems at all, and both drivers
were very complimentary about it, on first acquaintance. Its next
run will be at Monza on Friday, in practice for the 1000 Km.
have five competent and ambitious customers in LMP2 (Horag, Chamberlain-Synergy,
Binnie, RML and Intersport),” says Lola’s Sam Smith.
“There are several more in the pipeline and we believe that
we could have as many as ten of the B05/40s running by the start
of the 2006 season.
did a superb job at Le Mans to win the LMP2 class, in the car’s
first ever 24 hour race,” continues Sam Smith, “but
as yet the car has not really shown its true pace in qualifying
trim. Monza and Silverstone should be a good indication of what
it can achieve compared to the LMP1 cars. In quick corners at Monza,
such as the Ascari chicane and Parabolica, it will be interesting
to see how much speed the B05/40s can carry through onto the following
straights. The LMP2 class has come in for some pretty harsh judgements
so far, but it has all the ingredients of being a very close and
dynamic class, with an interesting combination of teams and constructors.”
work has been on-going with Lola’s LMP1 version, which is
to be known a the B06/10. Wind tunnel work started in mid-May, and
will continue throughout June.
Sole (in charge of the design team that built the B01/60 and the
B05/40) is working with senior aerodynamicist Phil Tiller and ex-Champ
Car, aero guru, Dan Cox,” adds Sam Smith.
the leadership of Head of Engineering Julian Cooper (a passionate
sportscar devotee), we have a solid and proven team of major engineering
talent at Lola.”
We look forward
to details of the B06/10 becoming available – and to seeing
the latest of the B05/40s in action at Monza at the end of this
Markus Hotz’s complete Horag Racing team, at Most last week,
and Fredy Lienhard at the wheel of his new car.