groupBIO Lola Diesel Update
Mike Hoyer caught the D1 Oils-backed groupBIO Lola testing
at Snetterton last week – which was the cue, unfortunately,
to take this car off the Sebring entry list.
’Unforeseen engineering work’ has led
to ‘time running out’ on the planned trip to Sebring,
but Operations Manager Ian Dawson is looking ahead to the Paul Ricard
test days at the end of this month, for the first public view of
“The whole team is working very hard to prepare
the LMP1 Lola for optimum performance,” explains Dawson. “The
engine is running well and reacting encouragingly to the new bio-diesel
blend. We are also taking time to discuss the coming European season
with a number of experienced drivers, with a view to completing
a strong driver line up in the next few weeks.”
Harri Toivonen tested the car last week.
Much of this 2006 project is all-new, the latest
engine being fitted with a new exhaust system, turbochargers and
electronics – the latter provided by AER. The Lola is a full
hybrid now, created with the support of Lola engineering staff –
and it also has a paddle shift system for 2006.
“The only part we haven’t changed is
the monocoque,” confirms Ian Dawson.
a huge undertaking for Ian Dawson and his team, but Paul Ricard
later this month should see this revitalised project running in