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THE LOLA T292

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The T290 had proven to be a race winner taking 30 victories between 1972 and 1979 so the 1973 design, the T292, needed to be a step forward. As was Lola's practice, where the previous year's model had been successful, it was an evolutionary design and used the same monocoque as its predecessor but there were numerous changes intended to improve the car in the very competitive world of 2-litre racing.

Changes from the T290 to the T292:
Bodywork: New Nosecone/Headlamp Covers, Side Panels, Tail Section, Rear Wing and Struts.
Front Suspension: New Top Wishbone and Steering Tie Rod, Dampers and Springs/Anti-Roll Bar.
Rear Suspension: New Upright, Top Link, Lower Wishbone, Upper and Lower Radius Rods, Dampers and Springs/Anti-Roll Bar.
Transmission: New Driveshafts/Yoke/Spider/Metalastic Coupling.
Brakes: New Calipers Front and Rear (moved inboard at the rear).
Cooling: New Radiators/Ducts/Swirl Pot/Header Tank.
Fuel System: New Filler Assembly and Fuel Caps.
Plus Sundry Bits and Pieces.

The T292 fulfilled its expectations taking 32 significant wins between 1973 and 1976 and, most importantly, it won five of the eight rounds in the European 2-litre Championship with Chris Craft taking the Drivers' Championship in the Crowne Racing car and Lola taking the Manufacturers Championship for the second time.

Year(s) of Construction: 1973

Total Built: 27
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T292 CHAMPIONSHIP WINS

YEAR
CHAMPIONSHIP
WINNER(S)
NOTES
1973 European 2-litre Sportscar Championship (Drivers) Chris Craft Lola T292-Ford
1973 European 2-litre Sportscar Championship (Manufacturers) Lola Cars Lola T292
1973 SCCA B Sports Racing Championship Jerry Hansen Lola T292-Ford
1974 SCCA 2-litre Championship Jerry Hansen Lola T292-Ford

T292 SIGNIFICANT RACE WINS


1973

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
18th March Fuji - Fuji Grand Prix Noritake Takahara Sports Car Race
6th May Misano - Trofeo Ignazio Giunti Chris Craft Round 2 of the European 2-litre Championship
6th May Spa Francorchamps – Spa 1000Kms Carlos Santos/Carlos Mendoza Round 5 of the World Sportscar Championship - First in 2-litre class (6th overall)
20th May La Chatre Jim Busby Round 5 of the French Sportscar Championship
3rd June Imola - Trofeo Benellé Chris Craft Round 3 of the European 2-litre Championship
3rd June Misano "Pooky"  
17th June Clermont-Ferrand - Trophée d'Auvergne Guy Edwards Round 4 of the European 2-litre Championship
1st July Vila Real - 20° Circuito Internacional Vila Real, Campeonato Nacional e Ibérico de Velocidade Carlos Gaspar Non-Championship 2-Litre Sports Car Race
15th July Hockenheim Roland Heiler Round 5 of the Interserie Championship - Winner 2.5-litre class
12th August Angola - 500 Km de Benguela António Peixinho/Mario Cabral Round 3 of the Angola Sports Car Series
15th August Enna - XII. 'Coppa Citta' di Enna Chris Craft Round 5 of the European 2-litre Championship - Winner Heat 1
18th August Blackhawk Farms Jerry Hansen SCCA National (FA class)
? August Vila do Conde Carlos Gaspar Sports Car Race
16th September Österreichring Guy Edwards Round 7 of the European 2-litre Championship - Winner Heat 1
16th September Österreichring Guy Edwards Round 7 of the European 2-litre Championship - Winner on aggregate of two Heats
23rd September Montlhéry - Coupes de l' A.G.A.C.I. Gérard Larrousse Entered by Archambeaud Team
30th September 14éme Grand Prix de Nogaro, Nogaro Gérard Larrousse Sports Car Race - Winner on aggregate of two Heats
30th September 14éme Grand Prix de Nogaro, Nogaro Jean-Louis Lafosse Sports Car Race - Winner Heat 1
30th September 14éme Grand Prix de Nogaro, Nogaro Gérard Larrousse Sports Car Race - Winner Heat 2
? September Circuito do Novo Redondo António Peixinho Sports Car Race
14th October Montjuich Park - Barcelona 400 Kms Chris Craft Round 8 of the European 2-litre Championship - Winer Heat 1
14th October Montjuich Park - Barcelona 400 Kms Gérard Larrousse Round 8 of the European 2-litre Championship - Winer Heat 2
14th October Montjuich Park - Barcelona 400 Kms Gérard Larrousse Round 8 of the European 2-litre Championship - Winer on aggregate of two Heats
? October Estoril - Circuito Calsberg António Peixinho  
3rd November Road Atlanta - Champion Spark Plug Road Racing Classic Jerry Hansen Road Race of Champions (B Sports Racing class)
Unknown Nogaro Gérard Larrousse  
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1974

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
23rd March Circuito de Moçâmedes, Angola Mabílio de Albuquerque Sports Car Race
30th June Luanda - Autódromo de Luanda Mabílio de Albuquerque Sports Car Race
21st July Circuito de Malange - 3 Horas do Algodao Mabílio de Albuquerque Sports Car Race
28th July Nova Lisboa - 6 Horas de Nova Lisboa Mabílio de Albuquerque Sports Car Race
3rd November Road Atlanta - Champion Spark Plug Road Racing Classic Jerry Hansen Road Race of Champions (1st overall in A & B class and 1st in B Sports Racing class)
Unknown 3 Horas de Sá da Bandeira Mabílio de Albuquerque/Hélder de Sousa Sports Car Race

1975

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
1st May Moçamedes, Angola Mabílio de Albuquerque Non-Championship Sports Car Race
Unknown Moçamedes, Angola Mabílio de Albuquerque  

1976

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
4th April Nürburgring – 300 Kms Helmut Bross World Championship for Makes - First in 2-litre class (3rd overall) - Chassis a T292 updated to T294 spec.
9th May Kassel Calden - ADAC-Super-Sport-Rennen Helmut Bross Round 1 of the Interserie Championship - Winner Div. II class
13th June 24 Heures du Mans, Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans François Trisconi/Georges Morand/André Chevalley Winner S2.0 Class

1977

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
24th April 2. Trofeo 'Pietro Bazzan', Pergusa Antonio Bono Winner S1.3 Class
7th August Mid Ohio - Citicorp Can-Am Challenge Gordon Smiley Can-Am Championship - Round 5 - Winner of the Under 2-litre Class
28th August Suzuka 500 km, Suzuka Keiji Matsumoto/Akira Morihata Non-Championship Sports Car Race
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2012

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
13th October Donington Park - Masters Racing Club Michele Ligouri CanAm Interserie Challenge - Race 2 - Winner DeC Class

2014

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
25th August Oulton Park - Gold Cup Tony Sinclair HSCC Martini Trophy Race 1 - Winner Class A
25th August Oulton Park - Gold Cup Tony Sinclair HSCC Martini Trophy Race 2 - First Overall and Winner Class A

2015

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
16th May Silverstone International Trophy Michele Liguori Pre 80 Endurance Series - First Overall and Winner Class SP4
12th July Brands Hatch Superprix Michele Liguori Pre 80 Endurance Series - First Overall and Winner Class SP4

2016

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
1st May Donington Historic Festival Michele Liguori Pre 80 Endurance for sports racing GT & Touring Cars - First overall and Winner Class SP4
30th July Silverstone Classic Tony Sinclair Can-Am 50 Interserie Challenge - Race 1 - Winner Class INB
30th July Silverstone Classic Tony Sinclair Can-Am 50 Interserie Challenge - Race 2 - Winner Class INB

2017

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
2nd July Magny Cours Grand Prix de France Historique Ferrao/Stretton FIA Masters Historic Sports Cars - First Overall and Winner Class MAR
13th August Nürburgring Old Timer Grand Prix Ferrao/Stretton FIA Masters Historic Sports Cars - First Overall and Winner Class MAR
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