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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

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

ENGINE
Rear, 4-stroke
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.

TRANSMISSION
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.

PERFORMANCE
Max speed: 171 mph, 275 km/h.

BRAKES
Disc, dual circuit.

ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT
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

YEAR
CHAMPIONSHIP
WINNER(S)
NOTES
1970 European 2-litre Sportscar Championship (Drivers) Jo Bonnier Won four of the nine rounds
1970 Copa Brasil Emerson Fittipaldi Won two of the four rounds


SIGNIFICANT T210 RACE WINS

1970

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
26th April Silverstone - Daily Express GKN International Trophy Meeting Lola T210 Jo Bonnier GKN Sankey Trophy - Round 4 of the RAC British Sportscar Championship - First win for the T210
24th May Salzburgring - Taurenpokal Lola T210 Jo Bonnier First win for Lola in the European 2-litre Championship - Round 3 in the European 2-litre Championship
31st May Bremgarten - 1. Internationales ADAC-Flugplatzrennen Bremgarten Lola T210 Karl Foitek  
7th June Anderstorp Lola T210 Jo Bonnier Round 4 in the European 2-litre Championship
5th July Hockenheim - Südwest-Pokal Lola T210 Jo Bonnier Round 5 in the European 2-litre Championship
19th July Ulm-Laupheim - IV. Internationales ADAC-Flugplatzrennen Lola T210 Karl Foitek  
15th August Enna-Pergusa - Coppa Citta di Enna Lola T210 Jo Bonnier Round 7 in the European 2-litre Championship
23rd August Jyllandsringen - Danish Grand Prix Lola T210 Jo Bonnier  
31st August Brands Hatch Lola T210 Chris Craft RAC Lombank Trophy - Round 8 of the RAC British Sportscar Championship
20th September Thruxton - BARC Lola T210 Chris Craft Yellow Pages Sports Car Race - Winner 2-litre Class
20th September Zandvoort - International Trophy of The Dunes Races Lola T210 Max Wilson Winner P2.0 Class
18th October Nürburgring-Südschleife - 3. Internationales AvD SCM-Rundstrecken-Rennen Aachen (Rennen CanAm Rennwagen, Sportwagen u. Prototypes) Lola T210 Jo Bonnier Winner (aggregate of two heats) - SRP2.0 Class
18th October Nürburgring-Südschleife - 3. Internationales AvD SCM-Rundstrecken-Rennen Aachen (Rennen CanAm Rennwagen, Sportwagen u. Prototypes) Lola T210 Jo Bonnier Winner Heat 1 - SRP2.0 Class
18th October Nürburgring-Südschleife - 3. Internationales AvD SCM-Rundstrecken-Rennen Aachen (Rennen CanAm Rennwagen, Sportwagen u. Prototypes) Lola T210 Jo Bonnier Winner Heat 2 - SRP2.0 Class
1st November Paul Ricard Lola T210 Daniel Rouveyran Sports Car Race
8th November Casablanca - Grand Prix de Casablanca Lola T210 Claude Swietlik Group 4/5/6
22nd December Interlagos Lola T210 Emerson Fittipaldi Round 3 of the Copa Brasil
27th December Sao Paulo Lola T210 Emerson Fittipaldi Round 4 of the Copa Brasil

1971

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
3rd January Taruma Lola T210 Emerson Fittipaldi 100 Mile
12th April Nogaro - Coupes de Pâques (International Sportscar Race) Lola T210 Claude Swietlik Round of the French Sportscar Championship
25th April Sembach - Int. AvD/ISCC-Flugplatzrennen Sembach Lola T210 Karl Foitek First overall and winner P2.0 Class
16th May Cadwell Park - BRSCC (Northern Centre) Lola T210 Dave Farnell GTs, Formule Libre, Formula Ford - Race 1 - First Overall and Class Winner
16th May Cadwell Park - BRSCC (Northern Centre) Lola T210 Dave Farnell GTs, Formule Libre, Formula Ford - Race 2 - Class Winner
16th May Cadwell Park - BRSCC (Northern Centre) Lola T210 Dave Farnell Formule Libre - Class Winner
23rd May Bremgarten - 2. Int. Markgräfler ADAC-Flugplatzrennen Lola T210 Karl Foitek First overall and winner P2.0 Class
29th May Rufforth - BRSCC (Northern Centre) Lola T210 Dave Farnell Northern Single-seater Championship & Yorkshire Evening Post Special GT Championship - First Overall and Class Winner
29th May Rufforth - BRSCC (Northern Centre) Lola T210 Dave Farnell Formule Libre - Class Winner
19th September Montlhéry - Coupes Fédérales de Paris (International Sportscar Race) Lola T210 Claude Swietlik Round of the French Sportscar Championship
3rd October Paul Ricard Lola T210 Claude Swietlik Round of the French Sportscar Championship


1972

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
9th April Paul Ricard - Trophée Paul Ricard Lola T210 Gérard Larrousse Round 1 of the European 2-litre Championship

2008

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
19th-20th April Donington - Masters/HGPCA Lola T210 Charlie Kemp World Sports Car Masters - Winner of Class S - Race 2

2009

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
9th-10th May Donington Park National - Donington Masters Classic Lola T210 Charlie Kemp World Sports Car Masters - Winner of Marko Class - Race 1
9th-10th May Donington Park National - Donington Masters Classic Lola T210 Charlie Kemp World Sports Car Masters - Winner of Marko Class - Race 2
24th-26th July Silverstone - HSCC Classic Lola T210 Chris Fox/Charlie Kemp World Sports Car Masters – Winner of the "Marko" Class
26th-27th September Spa Francorchamps - 6 Hours Lola T210 Chris Fox/Charlie Kemp World Sportscar Masters - First in the "Marko" class

2010

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
4th April Silverstone - Superleague Festival Lola T210 Chris Fox/Mark Hales World Sports Car Masters – Winner Class M
30th-31st May Brands Hatch - Masters Festival Lola T210 Bob Houghton World Sportscar Masters - Race 1 - Winner Class M
30th-31st May Brands Hatch - Masters Festival Lola T210 Bob Houghton World Sportscar Masters - Race 2 - Winner Class M
11th September Silverstone - 1000Kms Lola T210 Charlie Kemp/Chris Fox Classic Endurance Racing - First Overall and Winner Class P1

2011

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
15th May Silverstone International Trophy Lola T210 Charlie Kemp Martini Trophy for 2-litre Grp 6 Sportscars - Race 2 - Winner Class F
2ndJuly Brands Hatch - Superprix Lola T210 Charlie Kemp Martini Trophy for 2-litre Grp 6 Sportscars - Race 1 - Winner Class B
28thAugust Oulton Park - Gold Cup Lola T210 Charlie Kemp Martini Trophy for 2-litre Grp 6 Sportscars - Race 1 - Winner Class B
28thAugust Oulton Park - Gold Cup Lola T210 Charlie Kemp Martini Trophy for 2-litre Grp 6 Sportscars - Race 2 - Winner Class B

2012

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
14th October Donington Park - Masters Racing Club Lola T210 Kemp/Sykes FIA Masters Historic Sports Cars - First Overall and Winner Marko Class

2013

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
13th-14th April Barcelona - Catalan Classic Lola T210 David & James Gathercole FIA Masters Historic Sports Cars - Winner Marko Class
27th May Brands Hatch - Masters Festival Lola T210 Allen/Gathercole FIA Masters Historic Sports Cars - Winner Marko Class

2014

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
3rd May Donington - Historic Festival Lola T210 David Gathercole HSCC Martini Trophy Race 1- First overall and Winner Class G
17th May Silverstone - International Trophy Lola T210 David Gathercole HSCC Martini Trophy Race 1- Winner Class G
18th May Silverstone - International Trophy Lola T210 David Gathercole HSCC Martini Trophy Race 2- Winner Class G
24th August Oulton Park - Gold Cup Lola T210 Robert Oldershaw HSCC Martini Trophy Race 1 - First Overall and Winner Class B

2015

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
8th August Nüburgring Old Timer Grand Prix Lola T210 Frank Jacob FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship - Race 1 - Winner Class INV
9th August Nüburgring Old Timer Grand Prix Lola T210 Frank Jacob FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship - Race 2 - Winner Class INV
28th September Spa 6 Hours Lola T210 Piercey/Stretton FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship - Winner Class MAR

2016

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
29th May Brands Hatch Masters Historic Festival Lola T210 Piercy/Stretton FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship - First overall and Winner Class ROD

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