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THE LOLA T100

1967 saw a major change to the Formula 2 regulations with 1.6-litre engines replacing the previous 1-litre power units. This change was effectively part of the new "Return to Power" initiative that had seen 3-litre engines introduced in Formula 1 the previous year. Very quickly the engine of choice for the new formula was the Cosworth FVA and it would dominate the series for the five years it ran despite strong competition from BMW and Ferrari.

The FVA (Four valve, A series) was funded by Ford as part of a contact that would bring about the legendary 3-litre F1 DFV, one of the greatest racing engine designs of all-time and the FVA was partially a test bed for some of Keith Duckworth's ideas for the bigger engine.

The cylinder block was based on the Ford 5-bearing 116E (Cortina Crossflow) cylinder block with gear-driven cams. It featured 16 valves (4 valves per cylinder) operated by twin overhead camshafts driven by a train of 9 gears. The metering unit for the Lucas mechanical fuel injection was rotated by gear and belt from the inlet cam, while the exhaust cam drove an alternator on the rear of the head. The FVA established the twin-cam/narrow included-valve-angle (40°) and pent roof combustion chamber. Displacement was 1598cc, initially producing 218 bhp @ 9,000 rpm.
Following their relatively successful foray in the 1-litre Formula 2 it was not surprising that Lola built a new car, the T100, for the 1.6-litre championship. The new design was conventional since it had to be suitable for private teams to run, it comprised a monocoque chassis with, at the front twin wide-based wishbones and, at the rear, a lower reversed wishbone and a single top link with a pair of radius rods. Outboard spring/damper units were employed front and rear. In addition to the FVA engine a Hewland FT200 gearbox was fitted.

Of the eight cars built four were FVA-powered and four had the BMW Apfelbeck engine, the chassis were allocated as follows:

SL100/01 - BMW
SL100/02 - Lola Racing Ltd (BMW engine)
SL100/03 - BMW
SL100/04 - Lola Racing Ltd (FVA engine) and then to David Bridges
SL100/05 - Lola Racing Ltd (BMW engine)
SL100/06 - Lola Racing Ltd (FVA engine)
SL100/07 - Escuderia Nacional CS 1968 (FVA engine)
SL100/08 - Escuderia Nacional CS 1968 (FVA engine)
The T100 was, in 1967, once again competitive if not ultimately on the pace of Jochen Rindt's Brabham, Jim Clark's Lotus and the Matra of Jackie Stewart, perhaps some of the problem was that John Surtees missed quite a few races and Chris Irwin was too inexperienced to be able to challenge the three F1 World Champions and he had to race the BMW-engined car on several occasions. The two BMW-entered cars were seldom competitive despite having two good drivers in Hubert Hahne and Jo Siffert.

The Apfelbeck-engine had radially disposed valves in a hemispherical head were constantly under development but they were tall (see pictures below), heavy and unreliable and their best finish was a 4th.

The David Bridges car went well especially with the young Brian Redman at the helm with a best finish of 2nd at the Crystal Palace in 1968.

The T100 continued in 1968 but other than Redman's second and a good win for Chris Irwin on the Nürburgring Südschleife results tailed off even the addition of the new Spanish team of Alex Soler-Roig and Prince Jorge de Bagration made no difference and Lola would quit F2 for several years.

The T100 found a new niche in club racing, notably driven by an up-and-coming young Irishman called John Watson, where it was still a competitive proposition.

SIGNIFICANT T100 RESULTS


1967

DATERACE/VENUEDRIVERENGINERESULT
24th March I Guards "100", Snetterton John Surtees
Chris Irwin
FVA
BMW
Retired
Retired
27th March XXII B.A.R.C. "200" Wills Trophy, Silverstone John Surtees
Jo Siffert
FVA
BMW
3rd
retired
23rd April XXX Int. ADAC - Eifelrennen, Nürburgring Südschleife John Surtees
Hubert Hahne
Chris Irwin
Jo Siffert
BMW
BMW
FVA
BMW
2nd
4th
7th
Retired
14th May I Guards' International Trophy, Mallory Park John Surtees FVA 1st
21st May IV Grote Prijs van Limborg, Zolder John Surtees FVA 1st
29th May XV London Trophy - British United Airways Trophy, Crystal Palace John Surtees FVA 7th
11th June II Rhein-Pokalrennen, Hockenheim Chris Williams
Hubert Hahne
FVA
BMW
5th
Retired
25th June XXXIII Grand Prix de Reims John Surtees
Chris Irwin
Jo Siffert
Hubert Hahne
Brian Redman
FVA
BMW
BMW
BMW
FVA
3rd
Retired
DNS
DNQ
DNQ
9th July XV Grand Prix de Rouen-les-Essarts Brian Redman FVA Retired
9th July I Deutschland Trophäe - Preis von Baden, Hockenheim Chris Irwin FVA Retired
16th July II Flugplatzrennen Tulln-Langenlebarn Chris Irwin FVA Retired
23rd July I Gran Premio de Madrid Chris Irwin
Brian Redman
FVA
FVA
3rd
6th
30th July XV Grote Prijs van Zandvoort Chris Irwin FVA Retired
6th August XXIX Grosser Preis von Deutschland, Nürburgring Nord-Schleife (Combined F1 and F2) David Hobbs
Hubert Hahne
BMW
BMW
11th
Retired
20th August VI Gran Premio del Mediterraneo - Gran Premio di Madunina, Enna Pergusa Andre de Adamich
Chris Irwin
FVA
FVA
10th
Retired
28th August VII Guards Trophy, Brands Hatch Brian Redman
Hubert Hahne
FVA
BMW
8th
9th
16th September XIV International Gold Cup, Oulton Park (Combined F1 and F2) Brian Redman FVA Retired
24th September XXVI Grand Prix d'Albi Chris Irwin
Brian Redman
Hubert Hahne
Jo Siffert
Andrea De Adamich
FVA
FVA
BMW
BMW
BMW
5th
6th
8th
Retired
Retired
8th October XIX Gran Premio di Roma, Vallelunga Brian Redman
Jo Siffert
Hubert Hahne
FVA
BMW
BMW
5th
9th
Retired
12th November XV Gran Premio de España, Jarama (Combined F1 and F2) Brian Redman
Jo Siffert
Hubert Hahne
FVA
BMW
BMW
8th
Retired
Retired

1968

DATERACE/VENUEDRIVERENGINERESULT
31st March III Gran Premio de Barcelona - Juan Jover Trophy, Montjuich Park Prince Jorge de Bagration
Brian Redman
Alex Soler-Roig
Chris Irwin
FVA
FVA
FVA
FVA
9th
Retired
Retired
Retired
7th April II Deutschland Trophäe - Martini Gold Cup, Hockenheim Chris Irwin FVA 8th
15th April XXIII B.A.R.C. "200" - Thruxton Trophy Chris Williams
Alastair Walker
Chris Irwin
FVA
FVA
FVA
6th
11th
16th
21st April XXVIII Grand Prix Automobile de Pau Alex Soler-Roig
Chris Williams
Prince Jorge de Bagration
FVA
FVA
FVA
7th
8th
Retired
21st April XXXI ADAC Eifelrennen, Nürburgring Südschleife, Chris Irwin
Alistair Walker
FVA
FVA
1st
6th
28th April II Gran Premio de Madrid, Jarama Prince Jorge de Bagration
Chris Irwin
Alex Soler-Roig
Alistair Walker
FVA
FVA
FVA
FVA
6th
Retired
Retired
DNQ
5th May V Grote Prijs van Limborg, Zolder Chris Irwin
Brian Redman
Alistair Walker
FVA
FVA
FVA
3rd
5th
9th
3rd June XVI London Trophy - IV Holts Trophy, Crystal Palace Brian Redman
Alex Soler-Roig
Alistair Walker
Prince Jorge de Bagration
FVA
FVA
FVA
FVA
2nd
Retired
DNQ
DNQ
16th June III Rhein-Pokalrennen, Hockenheim Chris Williams
Alex Soler-Roig
Alistair Walker
FVA
FVA
FVA
15th
17th
DNQ
23rd June X Gran Premio della Lotteria di Monza Prince Jorge de Bagration
Alex Soler-Roig
Alistair Walker
FVA
FVA
FVA
DNQ
DNQ
DNQ
14rd July III Flugplatzrennen Tulln-Langenlebarn Mike Beckwith FVA 11th
14th July Ingliston - Scottish MRC SMT Trophy Formule Libre race Lola T100 Alistair Walker 1st Heat 2
14th July Ingliston - Scottish MRC SMT Trophy Formule Libre race Lola T100 Alistair Walker 1st Final
28th July XVI Grote Prijs van Zandvoort Mike Beckwith
Alistair Walker
Alex Soler-Roig
Prince Jorge de Bagration
FVA
FVA
FVA
FVA
9th
13th
DNQ
DNQ
15th September XXXIV Grand Prix de Reims David Hobbs
Alex Soler-Roig
Prince Jorge de Bagration
FVA
FVA
FVA
8th
Retired
Retired
13th October I ADAC Preis von Baden-Württemberg, Hockenheim David Hobbs FVA 5th
20th October XXVII Grand Prix d'Albi Robin Widdows FVA 9th
27th October XX Gran Premio di Roma, Vallelunga David Hobbs
Alistair Walker
FVA
FVA
9th
DNS

1969

DATERACE/VENUEDRIVERENGINERESULT
2nd August Kirkistown - 500 MRCI Texaco Meeting Lola T100 John Watson Formule Libre Single-seaters
4th August Mondello - Leinster MC Leinster Trophy Lola T100 John Watson 1st Heat 2
4th August Mondello - Leinster MC Leinster Trophy Lola T100 John Watson 1st Formule Libre
14th September Phoenix Park - Irish MRC Irish Shell-BP Trophy Lola T100 John Watson 1st 1,600cc
14th September Phoenix Park - Irish MRC Lola T100 John Watson 1st Formule Libre
5th October Mondello Park Lola T100 John Watson 1st Formule Libre

1970

DATERACE/VENUEDRIVERENGINERESULT
2nd May Carrigrohane Sprint - Munster MC & CC Lola T100 Dave Furlong 1st in Class (Handicap)
10th May Mondello Park - Motor Enthusiasts Club Mercantile Credit Meeting Lola T100 Dave Furlong 1st in class Formule Libre
7th June Brands Hatch - London MC BOC Formule Libre Championship Lola T100 Robs Lamplough 1st
13th June Kilmoganny Hillclimb - Carrick-on-Sur MC Lola T100 Dave Furlong B.T.D.
15th November Brands Hatch - Sevenoaks & DMC - BOC Formule Libre Championship Lola T100 Robs Lamplough 1st

1974

DATERACE/VENUEDRIVERENGINERESULT
4th August Curborough - Nuneaton MC - Single-seaters up to 1,600cc Lola T100 Richard Lester 1st in Class
15th September Curborough Sprint - Shenstone & District Lola T100 Richard Lester 1st in Class

1975

DATERACE/VENUEDRIVERENGINERESULT
1st June Curborough Sprint - Dudley & District CC Lola T100 Richard Lester 1st in Class
8th June Curborough Sprint - Round of the RAC Sprint Championship Lola T100 Richard Lester 1st in Class
Year(s) of Construction: 1967

Total Built: 8

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