Lot 8: Lola T310, Racing Car, Model Year 1972
October 29, 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Lola, model year 1972
Two-seater-sports-car Monocoque chassis
First registration: n.s.
Vehicle identification number: number 2 (of 2)
Engine number: n.s.
595 kW, 8,3 liter Chevrolet V-8 engine (Big Block) with 810 HP
Weight: 780 kg
Mileage displayed: n.s.
Body colour: White
Nr. 2 of 2 cars built
2 nd overall in its first real race Hockenheim 2015
Invited to Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2008, 2012 and 2016
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This racing car is number 2 of only two ever build cars of that type. It was built up by the famous McLaren mechanic Lee Mui.
After watching McLaren dominate the Can-Am series for four years, in 1971, Lola and its American team leader Carl Haas seemed to have it all: a World Champion driver in Jackie Stewart, huge sponsor dollars from L&M cigarettes and a brand new machine, the T260. But the results were disappointing, and the season ended with Haas’ team in search of both a new driver and new sponsorship to back its 1972 entry, the Lola T310.
Frustrated by the T260’s boxy aerodynamics Lola designed what would be one of the longest, widest, lowest cars ever to compete in the Can-Am series. The T310’s slippery lowprofile shape was partly the result of information gleaned by Haas mechanic Ike Smith from Porsche driver Jo Siffert in a casual conversation about Stuttgart’s aero findings. It is no surprise then that the T310’s scoop-like nose is almost identical to that of its Porsche contemporary, the 917/10K. Indeed, the basic design proved so effective that it is still in wide use today in sports and prototype racing cars. Unfortunately, like the rest of the competition from 1972 to the Can-Am’s demise in 1974, the T310 proved to be no match for the turbocharged Panzers from Stuttgart. Driver David Hobbs struggled mightily with the car after it missed the first round of the 1972 season. Despite all that was working against them, Haas, Hobbs and crew finished the series admirably in seventh place.
The Lola T310 is one of the fastest, most outlandish machines ever created for the world’s most innovative racing series. It is eligible for a wide range of motorsports events around the world and a highly competitive contender in any vintage Can-Am racing event series.
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