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THE LOLA T400

The 1974 T332 had dominated F5000 taking all the major championships so, for 1975, Lola knew they would have to come up with something special especially as the T332 was still more than capable of winning.

When Lola revealed their new contender for 1975, the T400, it certainly caught the eye as it looked very different from all of the T300 series with it's low, wide aggressive styling. At this time there was a new suspension type called "rising rate" and it was de rigueur that your new model included it if you wanted to be considered to be a cutting edge manufacturer so it was no surprise to see it as part of the T400 package.

The principle behind rising rate is that the spring ratio varies dependant on how much the suspension deflects, when the car travels over a small bump the suspension is "soft" allowing the car to ride the uneven surface but if the deflection is bigger the suspension becomes "hard" to prevent the car grounding and causing damage or unsettling the handling. There are several ways of achieving this such as having a second coil spring that only operates on large deflections or, more commonly, using progressive springs i.e. having a few closely wound coils at one end and then wider, equally spaced coils at the other end (see diagram below).

When the T400 began testing the rising rate caused a lot of headaches for the teams as they struggled to learn how the system worked and even a team as experienced as Haas Racing decided to stick with the T332 design, however others, notably the VDS team, persevered and once mastered the T400 proved the faster car.

Year(s) of Construction: 1975

Total Built: 14

T400 CHAMPIONSHIP WINS

YEAR
CHAMPIONSHIP
WINNER(S)
NOTES
1974 SCCA/USAC F5000 Championship Brian Redman Lola T332-Chevrolet & Lola T400-Chevrolet
1974 Shellsport F5000 Championship Teddy Pilette Lola T400-Chevrolet
1976 Australian Gold Star John Leffler Lola T400-Chevrolet
2013/14 MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Revival Series Andrew Higgins Lola T400-Chevrolet

T400 SIGNIFICANT RACE WINS


1975

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
12th April Silverstone - International Trophy Meeting Richard Scott Shellsport F5000 Championship - Round 4
27th April Zolder Peter Gethin Shellsport F5000 Championship - Round 5 - Winner Heat 1
27th April Zolder Peter Gethin Shellsport F5000 Championship - Round 5 - Winner Heat 2 and on aggregate of the two Heats
19th May Zandvoort Peter Gethin Shellsport F5000 Championship - Round 6
10th August Mallory Park Teddy Pilette Shellsport F5000 Championship - Round 9
17th August Thruxton Teddy Pilette Shellsport F5000 Championship - Round 10
31st August Surfers Paradise – Australian Grand Prix Max Stewart Australian Gold Star – Round 1
5th October Snetterton Teddy Pilette Shellsport F5000 Championship - Round 14
12th October Mallory Park Teddy Pilette Shellsport F5000 Championship - Round 14
19th October Brands Hatch Peter Gethin Shellsport F5000 Championship - Round 14
28th November Phillip Island – Phillip Island Classic Cup Kevin Bartlett Australian Gold Star – Round 5
6th December Levin - National meeting Max Stewart Aust/NZ Test Match
14th December Manfeild - National meeting Max Stewart Aust/NZ Test Match

1976

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
11th January Manfeild - International meeting Max Stewart F5000 international
15th August Brands Hatch Keith Holland MCD Open Single Seater Championship Race
19th September Oran Park Max Stewart Australian Gold Star – Round 2
19th September Brands Hatch Keith Holland MCD Open Single Seater Championship Race
24th October Brands Hatch Keith Holland Shellsport G8 Championship - Round 12

1977

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
27th February Sandown Park – Sandown Park Cup Max Stewart Rothmans International Series – Round 3

2007

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
12th May Silverstone - HSCC JMark Dwyer Derek Bell Trophy - First overall and Winner Class A2
26th August Oulton Park - HSCC Gold Cup Mark Dwyer Derek Bell Trophy - First overall and Winner of Class B2 - Race 1
26th August Oulton Park - HSCC Gold Cup Mark Dwyer Derek Bell Trophy - First overall and Winner of Class B2 - Race 2
20th October Silverstone - HSCC Mark Dwyer Derek Bell Trophy - Winner of Class B2

2008

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
30th March Donington - HSCC Mark Dwyer Derek Bell Trophy - Winner of Class B2
31st May-1st June Snetterton - HSCC Michael Lyons Derek Bell Trophy - Race 1
31st May-1st June Infineon Raceway Hamish Somerville 2008 USA Formula 5000 40th Anniversary Championship - Round 1 - First overall and Winner of Class B
28th-29th June Brands Hatch - HSCC Mark Dwyer Derek Bell Trophy - Winner Class A - Race 1
23rd-25th October Oulton Park - HSCC Michael Lyons Derek Bell Trophy - Winner Class B2 - Race 1
18th October Silverstone - HSCC Michael Lyons Derek Bell Trophy - Winner of Class B2

2009

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
31st January-1st February Taupo Motorsport Park - Historic Racing Club Tasman Revival meeting Michael Lyons F5000 Tasman Cup revival series - Round 5 - Race 2
27th-29th March Albert Park, Melbourne - Formula 1 ING Australian Grand Prix Michael Lyons F5000 Tasman Cup revival series - Round 6 - Race 1
27th-29th March Albert Park, Melbourne - Formula 1 ING Australian Grand Prix Mark Dwyer F5000 Tasman Cup revival series - Round 6 - Race 2
17th October Silverstone - HSCC Michael Lyons HSCC Lloyds TSB Historic F5000 and F2 Championship - First overall and Winner of Class F

2010

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
5th-6th June Snetterton - Autosport 3 Hours Mark Dwyer Derek Bell Trophy - First Overall and Winner Class F
3rd-4th July Brands Hatch - HSCC Super Prix Mark Dwyer Derek Bell Trophy - Race 1 - Winner Class F
9th October Silverstone - HSCC Finals Meeting Mark Dwyer Derek Bell Trophy - First Overall and Winner Class F

2011

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
6th February Ruapuna Park Christchurch, New Zealand Michael Lyons MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series -Round 3 - Winner Race 2
6th February Ruapuna Park Christchurch, New Zealand Michael Lyons MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series -Round 3 - Winner Race 3
27th March Albert Park Melbourne, Australia Mark Dwyer MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series - Round 6 - Winner Race 1
27th March Albert Park Melbourne, Australia Mark Dwyer MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series - Round 6 - Winner Race 2
2nd July Brands Hatch - Superprix Michael Lyons Derek Bell Trophy - Race 1 - First Overall and Winner Class F
3rd July Brands Hatch - Superprix Michael Lyons Derek Bell Trophy - Race 2 - First Overall and Winner Class F
7th August Croft - Nostalgia Weekend Michael Lyons Derek Bell Trophy - Race 1 - First Overall and Winner Class F
7th August Croft - Nostalgia Weekend Michael Lyons Derek Bell Trophy - Race 2 - First Overall and Winner Class F
29th August Oulton Park - Gold Cup Michael Lyons Derek Bell Trophy - Race 2 - Winner Class F
22nd October Silverstone - Finals Michael Lyons Derek Bell Trophy - First Overall and Winner Class F

2012

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
21st January Hampton Downs Auckland, New Zealand Michael Lyons MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series - Round 3 - Winner Race 1
21st January Hampton Downs Auckland, New Zealand Michael Lyons MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series - Round 3 - Winner Race 2
22nd January Hampton Downs Auckland, New Zealand Michael Lyons MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series - Round 3 - Winner Race 3
22nd< January Hampton Downs Auckland, New Zealand Michael Lyons MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series - Round 3 - Winner Race 4
28th January Hampton Downs Auckland, New Zealand Michael Lyons MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series - Round 4 - Winner Race 1
29th January Hampton Downs Auckland, New Zealand Michael Lyons MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series - Round 4 - Winner Race 2
29th January Hampton Downs Auckland, New Zealand Michael Lyons MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series - Round 4 - Winner Race 3
4th February Ruapuna Park, Christchurch, New Zealand Michael Lyons MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series - Round 5 - Winner Race 1
20th May Silverstone - International Michael Lyons Derek Bell Trophy - Race 1 - First Overall and Winner Class F
20th May Silverstone - International Michael Lyons Derek Bell Trophy - Race 2 - First Overall and Winner Class F
30th June Brands Hatch - Superprix Mark Dwyer Derek Bell Trophy - Race 1 - Winner Class F
1st July Brands Hatch - Superprix Mark Dwyer Derek Bell Trophy - Race 1 - Winner Class F
22nd July Silverstone - Classic Michael Lyons The Peter Gethin Menorial Trophy for Historic F2 and F5000 - First Overall and Winner Class F

2013

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
16th February Teretonga Park, Invercargill, New Zealand Andrew Higgins MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series - Round 7 - Winner Race 1
19th May Silverstone Michael Lyons Derek Bell Trophy - Race 2 - First overall and Winner Class F

2014

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
17th-19th January Hampton Downs - NZFMR Ferrari Festival Michael Lyons 2013/14 MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series - Rnd 2 - Winner Race 1
17th-19th January Hampton Downs - NZFMR Ferrari Festival Michael Lyons 2013/14 MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series - Rnd 2 - Winner Race 2
17th-19th January Hampton Downs - NZFMR Ferrari Festival Michael Lyons 2013/14 MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series - Rnd 2 - Winner Race 3
24th-26th January Hampton Downs - NZFMR Ferrari Festival II Michael Lyons 2013/14 MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series - Rnd 3 - Winner Race 1
24th-26th January Hampton Downs - NZFMR Ferrari Festival II Michael Lyons 2013/14 MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series - Rnd 3 - Winner Race 2
31st January-2nd February Mike Pero Motorsport Park (Ruapuna) - Skope Classic meeting Michael Lyons 2013/14 MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series - Rnd 3 - Winner Race 1
31st January-2nd February Mike Pero Motorsport Park (Ruapuna) - Skope Classic meeting Michael Lyons 2013/14 MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series - Rnd 3 - Winner Race 2
31st January-2nd February Mike Pero Motorsport Park (Ruapuna) - Skope Classic meeting Michael Lyons 2013/14 MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series - Rnd 3 - Winner Race 3

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