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THE LOLA T300

Following on from the success of the 1971 F5000 T192, which had won the Rothmans F5000 Championship with Frank Gardner and the SCCA Formula A Championship with Jerry Hansen, Frank Gardner knew that Lola's rivals, McLaren and Surtees, had caught up with the design towards the end of the year and something new was required for 1972 if Lola wanted to continue winning.

Flying back from the June Monza F5000 event Gardner had the idea that the T240 Formula 2/Formula B chassis could be a suitable base for a new car providing a lower centre of gravity and improved aerodynamics. On returning to the Lola factory Gardner sat down with a 26 year-old John Barnard and drew up the plans for a new design that would initially be called a T242 but would be renamed the T300.

The new tub was unusual with side-tanks emerging behind the front wheels and flaring out to almost the line of the rear tyres. Front suspension was conventional following the T240 design (see below) with inboard rear brakes (The T192 used outboard brakes). Modified T192 rear uprights were fitted and 13" wheels were used when 15" was considered standard wear in F5000. A notable change to the T240/T300 was the switch from front-mounted to side-mounted radiators but the wide monocoque meant they had to be mounted higher than normal either side of the driver's head with the distinctive flared ducting. A Hewland DG300 and a Chevrolet V8, initially on carburettors, completed the package.

Initial testing at Thruxton showed the team were on the right track, the new car was lighter, put its power down better and sooner and was 10km/h faster in a straight line. The new car debuted at Thruxton (entered as a T242) on the 1st August and finished 3rd after qualifying on pole. It's next two races at Silverstone (now called a T300) and Oulton Park saw a 2nd and the first victory for the design before it was written off at Snetterton.

The production T300 was hugely successful scoring almost 40 significant race wins and taking the Rothmans F5000 Championship in the UK, the SCCA Formula A Championship in the US and the Australian Gold Star Championship.

Year(s) of Construction: 1972

Total Built: 17

LOLA CARS LIMITED


T300 FORMULA 5000/1 RACING CAR

CHASSIS
CONSTRUCTION: Monocoque

MATERIAL: Aluminium Alloy 172 Rivetted & Bonded.

TORSIONAL RIGIDITY: 29,900 LBS per degree per ft.

WEIGHT: 59LBS

FINISH: Polished Alloy


BODY
TYPE OF CONSTRUCTION: Hand lay—up Glass Reinforced Polyester Resin by Specialised Mouldings Limited.

CONFIGURATION: Nose Piece and Central Body Section.


FRONT SUSPENSION
TYPE: Independent by Double Tubular Wishbones and Telescopic Double Adjustable Shock Absorbers with Co-axial Coil Springs and adjustable Ride Height.

HUB CARRIER: Lola" Magnesium Alloy Castings.

HUB SPINDLE: "Live" Spindle with Hub Bearings mounted in the Hub Carrier. High Quality Nickel Chrome Molybdenum Steel.

WISHBONE PIVOTS: Rod End Ball joints to Inner End and Spherical Joints in Housings to Outer End.


REAR SUSPENSION
TYPE: Independent by Lower Wishbone and Upper Link with Radius Rods and Telescopic Double Acting Adjustable Shock Absorbers, with Co—Axial Coil Springs and Adjustable Ride Height.

HUB CARRIER: Lola Magnesium Alloy Casting.

HUB SPINDLE: Live" Spindle with Hub Bearings mounted in Hub Carrier. Spindle in High Quality Nickel Chrome Molybdenum Steel

WISHBONE PIVOTS: As in Front Suspension.


STEERING
TYPE: Rack and Pinion in Magnesium Housing.

STEERING WHEEL: 10” dia Leather Covered.

STEERING COLUMN: Universally Jointed, Adjustable for length and angle.


TRANSMISSION
TYPE: Hewland D. G. 300 5-speed and reverse.

DRIVE SHAFTS: Roller Spline Sliding Shafts.

CLUTCH: Multi plate Borg and Beck. 7.25" dia Triple Plate


BRAKES
TYPE: Ventilated Discs with Ferodo DSII Pads.

SIZE: 10.5"dia x 13/16" thick. Rear Brakes inboard.


FUEL CELLS
TYPE: Flexible Rubber Safety Fuel cells by Marston Excelsior to F.I.A. and S.C.C.A. spec.

NUMBER: 3

CAPACITY: 24 Imperial gallons - 28 U.S. Gallons - 110 Litres


COOLING SYSTEMS
TYPE ENGINE (WATER): 2 Brass Fin and Tube Water Radiators by Serck S.M.S.

TYPE ENGINE (OIL): Light Alloy Oil Cooler by Serck S.M.S.


ELECTRICS: A. C. Delco or Lucas with Varley Battery.

INSTRUMENTS: Tachometer, Oil and Water Temperature Gauges, Oil and Fuel Pressure Gauges by Smiths Industries.

LUBRICATION SYSTEM: Dry Sump with Alloy Oil Tank and Aeroquip Safety Reinforced Piping throughout.

FUEL SYSTEM: Fireproof Alloy Collector Tank with Aeroquip Reinforced Piping.


WHEELS
FRONT: 13"dia x 11".
REAR: 13"dia x 16”


DIMENSIONS
WHEELBASE: 101" - 256.3cms
TRACK FRONT & REAR: 58” - 147.2cms
LENGTH (OVERALL): 138“ - 350.4cms
WIDTH (OVERALL): 74“ - 187.6cms
HEIGHT TO WINDSCREEN: 26" - 66.0cms
HEIGHT TO ROLL BAR: 35” - 88.8cms
WEIGHT (WITH OIL & WATER): 13601bs - 616.8kgs

T300 CHAMPIONSHIP WINS

YEAR
CHAMPIONSHIP
WINNER(S)
NOTES
1971 Rothmans F5000 Championship Frank Gardner Lola T300-Chevrolet (Also drove a Lola T192-Chevrolet)
1972 SCCA Formula A Championship Jerry Hansen Lola T300-Chevrolet
1972 Tarmac British Motor Racing Champion Frank Gardner Lola T300 and T330-Chevrolet (Also includes results in the SCA Freight Chevrolet Camaro)
1974 Australian Gold Star Max Stewart Lola T300-Chevrolet
1987 Pre’71 Single-Seater Championship Class C Geoff Thomas Lola T300-Chevrolet
1988 HSCC Pre’71 Single Seater Championship John Beasley Lola T300-Chevrolet

T300 SIGNIFICANT RACE WINS


1971

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
22nd August Oulton Park – Gold Cup Frank Gardner First in F5000 class (3rd overall) in Gold Cup for F1 and F5000 cars - Rothmans F5000 Championship - Round 12
12th September Hockenheim - Preis der Nationen Frank Gardner Rothmans F5000 Championship - Round 14 - Winner Heat 1
12th September Hockenheim - Preis der Nationen Frank Gardner Rothmans F5000 Championship - Round 14 - Winner Heat 2
12th September Hockenheim - Preis der Nationen Frank Gardner Rothmans F5000 Championship - Round 14 - Winner on aggregate of the two Heats
18th September Oulton Park - BARC (NW Centre) Frank Gardner Rothmans F5000 Championship - Round 15
28th December Bay Park - Gold Star meeting Graeme Lawrence F5000 heat

1972

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
8th January Pukekohe Frank Gardner Tasman series – Round 1
13th February Palm Beach John Gunn SCCA National (FA class)
26th March Mallory Park Alan Rollinson Rothmans F5000 Championship - Round 2
4th June Edmonton - Lucerne 100 David Hobbs Round 2 of the L&M Continental F5000 Championship - Winner Heat 1
4th June Edmonton - Lucerne 100 David Hobbs Round 2 of the L&M Continental F5000 Championship - Winner Heat 2
4th June Edmonton - Lucerne 100 David Hobbs Round 2 of the L&M Continental F5000 Championship - Winner on aggregate of two Heats
18th June Elkhart Lake Jerry Hansen Road America June Sprints (FA class)
2nd July Brands Hatch Alan Rollinson Single-seater Racing Cars
23rd July Dallas Int Motor Speedway Gus Hutchinson SCCA National (FA class)
30th July Brainerd – Minnesota Grand Prix David Hobbs Round 5 of the L&M Continental F5000 Championship - Winner Heat 1
30th July Brainerd – Minnesota Grand Prix Eppie Wietzes Round 5 of the L&M Continental F5000 Championship - Winner on aggregate of two Heats
20th August Road Atlanta – Road Atlanta Grand Prix Brett Lunger US FA (F5000) – Round 6 of US Championship - Winner Heat 2
20th August Road Atlanta – Road Atlanta Grand Prix Brett Lunger US FA (F5000) – Round 6 of US Championship - Winner on aggregate of two Heats
20th August Blackhawk Farms Jerry Hansen SCCA National (FA class)
3rd September Phoenix Park - Irish Motor Racing Club Alan Rollinson Players No 6 Grand Prix - Winner 2nd Leg
3rd September Phoenix Park - Irish Motor Racing Club Alan Rollinson Players No 6 Grand Prix - Winner on aggregate of two legs
4th September Lime Rock - Lime Rock Grand Prix Brett Lunger Round 7 of the L&M Continental F5000 Championship - Winner Heat 1
4th September Lime Rock - Lime Rock Grand Prix Brett Lunger Round 7 of the L&M Continental F5000 Championship - Winner Heat 2
4th September Lime Rock - Lime Rock Grand Prix Brett Lunger Round 7 of the L&M Continental F5000 Championship - Winner on aggregate of two Heats
24th September Brands Hatch - BRSCC Alan Rollinson Rothmans F5000 Championship - Round 12
1st October Phoenix International Raceway Warren Flickinger SCCA National (FA class)
8th October Adelaide Internationalp - Channel 7 Trophy Kevin Bartlett Australian Gold Star – Round 5
8th October Fort Sumner Warren Flickinger SCCA National (FA class)
25th November Road Atlanta - SCCA Jerry Hansen Road Race of Champions (FA class)
26th November Brands Hatch - Romford ECC Bob Evans Formule Libre

1973

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
18th February Dallas Int Motor Speedway Eddie Miller SCCA National (FA class)
1st April Riverside Eddie Miller SCCA National (FA class)
3rd June Fort Sumner Tuck Thomas SCCA National (FA class)
2nd September Mid-Ohio Thomas Tuck SCCA National (FA class)
30th December Bay Park - International meeting Reg Cook New Zealand Gold Star round

1992

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
4th July Oulton Park John Harper HSCC Historic Formula - 1st Overall and Winner Class A
19th September Silverstone Tony Trimmer Motor Sport Trophy for Historic F1/F5000 - Winner Class A
18th October Snetterton Tony Trimmer Historic Formula Racing Cars - First Overall and Winner Class E

2004

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
26th27th June Snetterton - HSCC Michael Scott Derek Bell Trophy - Winner Class A - Race 1

2006

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
2nd April Donington - HSCC Simon Hadfield Derek Bell Trophy - First overall and Winner Class A
28th-30th July Silverstone - HSCC Simon Hadfield BDerek Bell Trophy - First overall and Winner Class A - Race 1
28th-30th July Silverstone - HSCC Simon Hadfield BDerek Bell Trophy - First overall and Winner Class A - Race 2

2007

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
9th-10th June Snetterton - HSCC Nick Shrigley-Feigl Derek Bell Trophy - First overall and Winner Class B1 - Race 1
9th-10th June Snetterton - HSCC Bruce Fullerton Derek Bell Trophy - First overall and Winner Class B1 - Race 2
26th August Oulton Park - HSCC Gold Cup Bruce Fullerton Derek Bell Trophy - Winner of Class B1 - Race 1

2008

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
23rd-25th August Oulton Park - HSCC Bruce Fullerton Derek Bell Trophy - Winner Class B1 - Race 1

2014

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
4th September Oulton Park - Gold Cup Ian Ashley Derek Bell Trophy Race 2 - Winner Class E

2015

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
16th May Silverstone International Trophy Ian Ashley Derek Bell Trophy and Classic Formula 3 - Race 1 - Winner Class E
16th May Silverstone International Trophy Ian Ashley Derek Bell Trophy and Classic Formula 3 - Race 2 - Winner Class E
30th May Donington Park HSCC Race Meeting Ian Ashley Derek Bell Trophy and Classic Formula 3 - Race 2 - Winner Class E
11th July Brands Hatch Superprix Ian Ashley Derek Bell Trophy - Race 1 - Winner Class E
11th July Brands Hatch Superprix Ian Ashley Derek Bell Trophy - Race 2 - Winner Class E

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