Lola’s B05/40 Developments
Lola Cars International Ltd has just announced a development programme
for its LMP2 car.
Lola’s Phil Tiller is heading up a wind tunnel
programme to increase the car’s downforce, while a new body
kit will reduce weight.
Mechanical changes will result from work on Lola’s
seven-post test rig, while the gearbox is also coming in for scrutiny.
The B05/40 was the first of the new LMP2 chassis,
and took championship titles in its first year - in the Le Mans
Series (Chamberlain-Synergy) and the ALMS (Intersport) in 2005.
Intersport still just about leads the LMP2 points
in the ALMS, and while the Lola has had consecutive wins at Le Mans
(RML) and a run of wins in the Le Mans Series, the opposition is
gathering, notably in the form of the Radical SR9, the (much more
expensive) Porsche RS Spyder and next year’s Acura-powered
embarked upon a programme that will ensure that this package will
continue to dominate races and championships in the second part
of this decade," confirmed Lola Group Chairman Martin Birrane.
“We are committed to continued race and championship wins.
Our existing and our future customers will continue to enjoy performance
and reliability that will ensure that we still keep ahead of the
This was the scene at the start of this year's Le
Mans 24 Hours.