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THE LOLA T450

The T450 was Lola's first Formula Two design since the 1971 T240 and regrettably it proved just as successful! 1976 was a difficult year for Formula Two which was very much engine-dominated with the Elf and Martini teams, who were supplied with works Renault engines, taking the top four positions in the European Championship. The only other race winners were the works March team which had works BMW power. The T450 was a very attractive car and full technical details can be found HERE, the car looked very good in testing setting sub-lap record times at Snetterton, especially in the hands of Lola Formula Atlantic driver Ted Wentz but it seems the car was written off in testing by Ray Mallock and none of the other cars seemed to be able to match it once the racing season started.

Lola sold four T450s, one going to the ATS Wheels team who were running Finn Mikko Kozarowitsky who had won the Super Vee Gold Cup in 1975 driving a T324 but he seemed to struggle in Formula Two and late season change of team and a March chassis saw no improvement, he was replaced by Bertram Schäfer, Reinhold Jöst and Mika Arpiainen who fared no better. A second car went to Roland Binder and the Team Warsteiner Eurorace team, Binder had raced on-and-off in F2 since 1970 without scoring points and nothing changed with the T450. The third car went to the Ardmore Racing team who were running Ray Mallock, but despite initially really liking the car he preferred a 1974 March to the replacement chassis the team received after his testing accident mentioned above. The team did give Ian Ashley an outing in the T450 at Thruxton, but he withdrew saying the car was undriveable. The only time the car looked competitive was when Td Wentz drove the ATS T450 at the Salzburgring where he qualified 11th out of 37 cars but retired with engine problems. The fourth car is a bit of a mystery but may have been sold to a French hillclimber.

Year(s) of Construction: 1976

Total Built: 4

1976 T450 Formula Two Race Results

DATE
RACE
DRIVER
QUALIFYING
RACE
11th April X Deutschland Trophäe 1976 - Hockenheimring - European Championship Round 1 Mikko Kozarowitsky
Roland Binder
DNQ
20th
-
DNF
19th April XXX B.A.R.C. "200" V Jochen Rindt Memorial - Thruxton - European Championship Round 2 Mikko Kozarowitsky
Ian Ashley
26th
33rd
DNF
DNF
2nd May XXXIX Internationales ADAC-Eifelrennen - Nürburgring Roland Binder 6th 10th
9th May XXVIII Gran Premio di Roma - Vallelunga - European Championship Round 3 Mikko KozarowitskyDNQ -
23rd May VI Festspielpreis der Stadt Salzburg - Salzburgring - European Championship Round 4 Roland Binder
Ted Wentz
21st
11th
14th
DNF
20th June XI Rhein-Pokalrennen - Hockenheimring - European Championship Round 6 Bertram Schäfer
Roland Binder
20th
DNQ
DNS
-
27th June XXIV Grand Prix de Rouen - Circuit de Rouen-les-Essarts - European Championship Round 7 Reinhold Jöst DNQ -
11th July III Gran Premio di Mugello - Mugello - European Championship Round 8 Reinhold Jöst
Roland Binder
29th
DNQ
DNF
-
22nd August III Coppa Santamonica - Misano Roland Binder 16th NC
26th September VIII Preis von Baden-Württemberg und Hessen - Hockenheimring - European Championship Round 12 Mika Arpiainen
Roland Binder
23rd
DNQ
DNF
-



A set of T450 related drawings from the Lola Archives. Click the graphic for a larger version.

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