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THE LOLA T210
As 2-litre Sportscars were proving popular in the World Championship for Makes the FIA announced that in 1970 there would be a new European Championship for the cars and Lola, perhaps thinking that the Can-Am market was always likely to be limited, decided the new Championship could be an ideal market for a new sportscar design. Additionally the ready availability of the Cosworth FVC off the shelf was ideal for privateers, even though it only displaced 1790cc it gave a reliable 235 bhp.
Lola's new design would be the T120 and it would become both successful as well as becoming one of their iconic designs that is still very popular in Historic Racing today. It was a simple, straightforward car with an aluminium tub, wishbones/coil springs/dampers at the front and wishbones/coil springs/dampers/twin radius rods at the rear. Steering was rack and pinion and a Hewland FT200 completed the package.
The T210 was immediately competitive winning the Daily Express Silverstone event, a round of the British Sportscar Championship in the hands of Lola's European agent Jo Bonnier. The European Championship proved a very tense affair with Bonnier battling the whole season with Lola's perennial rival Chevron with their B16 design. In the finish Bonnier won four races to take the Drivers' Championship while Chevron, who also won four rounds, beat Lola by a single point to take the Manufacturers Crown.
Year(s) of Construction: 1970
Total Built: 15
Cylinders: 4, in line
Bore and Stroke: 3.35 x 3.07 in, 85.05 x 77.9 mm
Engine Capacity: 108.1 cu in, 1,771 cu cm
Compression ratio: 10.5
Max power: 250 bhp at 8,500 rpm; Specific power: 140 bhp/l
Cylinder block: cast iron
Cylinder head: light alloy, flat-bottomed combustion chambers
Crankshaft bearings: 5
Valves: 4 per cylinder, overhead, vertical
Camshafts: 2, overhead
Lubrication: gear pump, dry sump
Lubricating system capacity: 15.8 imp pt. 19 US pt. 9 litres
Carburation: Lucas indirect injection system
Fuel feed: 2 electric pumps
Cooling system: water.
Driving wheels: rear
Clutch: 2 dry plates
Gearbox: mechanical; gears: 5 + reverse; gear lever: side
Final drive: hypoid bevel, limited slip
Tyres 4.80/10.20 x 13 front, 5.90/13.80 x 13 rear.
Max speed: 171 mph, 275 km/h.
Disc, dual circuit.
Voltage: 12 V
Ignition distributor: Lucas.
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
Wheel base: 84.84 in, 2,155 mm
Front track: 51.97 in, 1,320 mm
Rear track: 51.97 in, 1,320 mm
Overall length: 135.83 in, 3,450 mm
Overall width: 65.75 in, 1,670 mm
Dry weight: 1,213 1b, 550 kg
Fuel tank capacity: 19.8 imp gal, 23.8 US gal, 90 litres.
T210 CHAMPIONSHIP WINS
European 2-litre Sportscar Championship (Drivers)
Won four of the nine rounds
Won two of the four rounds
SIGNIFICANT T210 RACE WINS
Silverstone - Daily Express GKN International Trophy Meeting
GKN Sankey Trophy - Round 4 of the RAC British Sportscar Championship - First win for the T210
Salzburgring - Taurenpokal
First win for Lola in the European 2-litre Championship - Round 3 in the European 2-litre Championship