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THE LOLA T340

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The T340 was Lola's Formula Ford 1600 design for 1973 and it followed the T200/T202/T204 series that had had mixed success, the T200 being successful but the two follow-ups less so. The T340 looked very different from its predecessors, it now used twin side water radiators allowing for a lower, sleeker body and featured a prominent "periscope" airbox.

The front of the car was narrow and the pick-up points for the upper wishbones and top of the dampers were on unusual brackets projecting out from the spaceframe. Otherwise the suspension was standard Lola, outboard springs/dampers all round, at the front twin wishbones and a top link, reversed lower wishbone and twin radius rods at the rear.

The T340 proved to be Lola's most popular type, as regards numbers sold, with 128 built over two years of which over 70 went to the USA/Canada. In an age when there was a lot of competition, with numerous F Ford manufacturers, the T340 went well, winning two major Championships, the STP Formula Ford Championship with Belgian Patrick Neve and the SCCA Formula F Championship with Eddie Miller.

Year(s) of Construction: 1973-1974

Total Built: 128
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T340 CHAMPIONSHIP WINS

YEAR
CHAMPIONSHIP
WINNER(S)
NOTES
1974 STP Formula Ford Championship Patrick Neve Lola T340-Ford
1974 SCCA Formula F Championship Eddie Miller Lola T340-Ford
1979 Mid-Am Championship Formula Ford Danny Edwards Lola T340-Ford

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T340 SIGNIFICANT RACE WINS


1974

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
15th April Silverstone - BRDC Mike King Round of the STP Formula Ford Championship - Heat 1
15th April Mallory Park - BRSCC Patrick Neve Round of the BOC Golden Helmet Formula Ford Championship - Heat 3
15th April Mallory Park - BRSCC Patrick Neve Round of the BOC Golden Helmet Formula Ford Championship - Final
5th May Oulton Park - Mid-Cheshire MRC Patrick Neve Round of the BOC Golden Helmet Formula Ford Championship - Heat 1
12th May Silverstone - Martini International Super Sport Patrick Neve Round of the STP Formula Ford Championship
27th May Silverstone - BRDC Mike King Round of the STP Formula Ford Championship - Heat 2
27th May Silverstone - BRDC Mike King Round of the STP Formula Ford Championship - Final
11th August Mallory Park - Hagley & DLCC Patrick Neve Round of the BOC Golden Helmet Formula Ford Championship - Heat 2
11th August Mallory Park - Hagley & DLCC Patrick Neve Round of the BOC Golden Helmet Formula Ford Championship - Final
25th August Mallory Park - BRSCC (Midland Centre) Patrick Neve Round of the BOC Golden Helmet Formula Ford Championship - Heat 1
25th August Mallory Park - BRSCC (Midland Centre) Robert Joubert Round of the BOC Golden Helmet Formula Ford Championship - Heat 2
26th August Silverstone - BRDC Patrick Neve Round of the STP Formula Ford Championship - Heat 1
26th August Silverstone - BRDC Patrick Neve Round of the STP Formula Ford Championship - Final
8th September Oulton Park - 21st International Gold Cup Patrick Neve Round of the BOC Golden Helmet Formula Ford Championship - Heat 1
29th September Oulton Park - BRSCC Patrick Neve Round of the BOC Golden Helmet Formula Ford Championship - Heat 1

1977

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
26th June Croft Richard Philip Formula Ford Race

1978

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
30th July Croft - NSCC Richard Philip FF1600 - Heat 1
30th July Croft - NSCC Richard Philip FF1600 - Final
1st October Croft - NSCC Richard Philip FF1600 Championship
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