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THE LOLA T370

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Graham Hill formed his own Formula One team in 1973 when he ran a Shadow-Ford DN1 for himself in the World Championship, sponsored by Embassy cigarettes the season was not a success with no points scored and a best finish of ninth. Limited by having to run a customer car and relying on the works team developments being passed down the line, Hill decided it was better to have a team where he could call the shots and be able to direct the way the team moved forward. Not having the facilities to build a car himself Hill commissioned Eric Broadley and Lola to design and build a car for him.

The T370 was Lola's first F1 design since the 1968 Honda F1 car, the T180 but their recent successes if F5000, notably the T332 gave the Huntingdon company a strong base to work from. As can be seen from the exploded diagrams of the T370 front and rear suspension below the design was so similar that the drawing was originally used for the T332!

The T370 was a totally new Lola design, although influenced by the T332, and indeed uses many F5000 parts. The philosophy behind the design was that it should be simple, reliable and effective, as it was important to the Embassy Team, after the disappointment of the previous year, that they turned in some positive results for their sponsors.

The chassis design was typical Lola, the monocoque was built from NS4 alloy sheeting bonded and riveted together. To comply with 1974 technical regulations the T370 was fitted with a deformable structure designed to protect the fuel tanks in the event of impact. A feature found for the first time on a Lola was the forward mounting of the radiators which are set into the chassis at an angle just behind the front wheels unlike the F500 design where they were fitted on the top surface at the back of the tub. The monocoque was abbreviated at the roll hoop allowing the Ford DFV V8 to be attached as a stressed member, the Hewland gearbox also taking suspension and wing loads.

The suspension design followed standard contemporary FI practice with double wishbones and outboard mounted coil-spring dampers employed at the front. At the rear were lower parallel links (in place of the standard Lola reversed wishbone), a single upper link and twin radius rods were fitted. Unlike several 1974 design trends, the T370 had its front disc brakes mounted outboard with ducts to take cooling air to them as they were hidden within the front wheels. At the rear the discs were mounted inboard on either side of the gearbox, cooled by periscope-like ducts.

Wheels are Lola-designed 13 inch, six spoke made from magnesium alloy, with a 12 inch rim width at the front and 18 inches at the rear. Once again the body bore a strong resemblance to the T332 in profile although increased fuel tankage made it noticeably wider.

Results were mixed with the car tending to struggle in qualifying, at least until Rolf Stommelen arrived, and although there was only one point-scoring finish, it generally finished in the top twelve at a time when twenty-six car fields (plus up to ten non-qualifiers) were the norm. The T370 was used at the beginning of the 1975 season until the T371/GH1 was ready to race.

(With grateful thanks to Marc Fenijn for additional information)

Year(s) of Construction: 1974

Total Built: 3
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T370 FORMULA ONE RACE RESULTS 1974

DATE
GRAND PRIX
DRIVER
CHASSIS
QUALIFYING
RACE
13th January XI Gran Premio de la Republica Argentina - Autodromo Municipal Ciudad de Buenos Aires Graham Hill
Guy Edwards
HU1
HU2
17th
25th
DNF
11th
27th January III Grande Prêmio do Brasil - Autódromo do Interlagos, São Paulo Graham Hill
Guy Edwards
HU2
HU1
21st
25th
11th
DNF
30th March VIII South African Grand Prix - Kyalami Circuit Graham Hill
Guy Edwards
HU2
HU1
17th
25th
DNF
11th
28th April XX Gran Premio de España - Circuito del Jarama Graham Hill
Guy Edwards
HU2
HU1
20th
DNQ
DNF
-
12th May XXXII Bang & Olufsen Grote Prijs van Belgie - Nivelles Graham Hill
Guy Edwards
HU2
HU1
29th
21st
8th
12th
26th May XXXII Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco - Circuit de Monaco Graham Hill
Guy Edwards
HU2
HU1
21st
26th
7th
8th
9th June X Texaco Grand Prix of Sweden - Scandinavian Raceway, Anderstorp Graham Hill
Guy Edwards
HU2
HU1
15th
18th
6th
7th
23rd June XXI Grote Prijs van Nederland - Circuit Park Zandvoort Graham Hill
Guy Edwards
HU2
HU1
19th
14th
DNF
DNF
7th July LX Grand Prix de France - Dijon-Prenois Graham Hill
Guy Edwards
HU2
HU1
21st
20th
13th
15th
20th July XXVII John Player British Grand Prix - Brands Hatch Graham Hill
Peter Gethin
HU2
HU3
22nd
21st
13th
DNF
4th August XXXVI Großer Preis von Deutschland - Nürburgring Graham Hill
Guy Edwards
HU1
HU2
19th
DNQ
9th
-
18th August XII Grosser Preis von Österreich - Österreichring Graham Hill
Rolf Stommelen
HU2
HU1
21st
13th
12th
DNF
8th September XLV Gran Premio d'Italia - Autodromo Nazionale Monza Graham Hill
Rolf Stommelen
HU2
HU1
21st
14th
8th
DNF
22nd September XIV Canadian Grand Prix - Mosport Park Graham Hill
Rolf Stommelen
HU2
HU1
20th
11th
14th
11th
6th October XVII Grand Prix of the United States - Watkins Glen Graham Hill
Rolf Stommelen
HU2
HU1
24th
21st
8th
12th
NON-CHAMPIONSHIP RACES
17th March IX Race of Champions - Brands Hatch Graham Hill HU1 12th DNF
7th April XXVI International Trophy - Silverstone Graham Hill
Guy Edwards
HU2
HU1
15th
7th
9th
DNF

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T370 FORMULA ONE RACE RESULTS 1975

DATE
GRAND PRIX
DRIVER
CHASSIS
QUALIFYING
RACE
12th January XII Gran Premio de la Republica Argentina - Autodromo Municipal Ciudad de Buenos Aires Graham Hill
Rolf Stommelen
HU2
HU3
21st
19th
13th
10th
26th January IV Grande Prêmio do Brasil - Autódromo do Interlagos, São Paulo Graham Hill
Rolf Stommelen
HU2
HU3
20th
23rd
12th
14th
1st March IX South African Grand Prix - Kyalami Circuit Graham Hill HU2 DNQ -
NON-CHAMPIONSHIP RACES
16th March X Race of Champions - Brands Hatch Rolf Stommelen HU2 - 9th

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