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THE LOLA T460

The T460 was Lola's Formula Atlantic model for 1976 and, as can be seen from the drawings below, it was the same chassis/suspension etc. as the Formula Two T450, the full technical details can be found HERE. Ironically one chassis HU462 HU22 was actually built, in early 1977, as a Formula Two chassis and entered in two races in the European Championship.

Compared with the previous Atlantic design, the T360, the T460 had a narrower track to aid top speed and the suspension geometry was completely revised to improve the performance in medium to slow corners. Braking was uprated with 4-pot AP Lockheed calipers and ventilated discs and there was now a single fuel tank sited around the centre of gravity of the car. A new engine frame was designed with rubber mountings for the engine as the Formula Atlantic units are prone to vibration. The water radiator was also increased in size to aid cooling in warmer climes. The T460 was another successful Atlantic car for Lola following on from the T360 with Ted Wentz winning the UK Indylantic Championship. Although the T460 only won once in the US/Canada it was very consistent with Bertil Roos (who also drove a Ralt RT1) finishing second in Canada's Players CASC Formula Atlantic Championship and Tom Klauser finished 5th. In the US Klauser was took another 5th in the IMSA Formula Atlantic Championship, winning at Mid-Ohio. As an aside it was an impossible year in Formula Atlantic in Canada and the US, unless your name was Gilles Villeneuve, as the brilliant young Canadian won eight out of twelve events and the non-championship Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières where he beat Formula 1 stars James Hunt, Alan Jones, Patrick Tambay and Vittorio Brambilla.

The Formula Two T462 was entered for Irish Formula Atlantic driver Alo Lawler at the 1977 Silverstone Daily Express International Trophy where it did not start and the Donington Park B.R.S.C.C. F2 Trophy where if failed to qualify.

Year(s) of Construction: 1976

Total Built: 21

T460 CHAMPIONSHIP WINS

YEAR
CHAMPIONSHIP
WINNER(S)
NOTES
1976 Indylantic Championship Ted Wentz Lola T460-Ford

T460 SIGNIFICANT RACE WINS


1976

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
6th June Brands Hatch Ted Wentz Indylantic Championship - Round 4
11th July Mallory Park Ted Wentz Indylantic Championship - Round 5 - Winner Heat 1
11th July Mallory Park Ted Wentz Indylantic Championship - Round 5 - Winner Heat 2
11th July Mallory Park Ted Wentz Indylantic Championship - Round 5 - Winner Final
1st August Knockhill Ted Wentz Indylantic Championship - Round 6 - Winner Heat 1
1st August Knockhill Ted Wentz Indylantic Championship - Round 6 - Winner Heat 2
1st August Knockhill Ted Wentz Indylantic Championship - Round 6 - Winner Final
8th August Thruxton Ted Wentz Indylantic Championship - Round 7 - Winner Heat 1
8th August Thruxton Ted Wentz Indylantic Championship - Round 7 - Winner Heat 2
29th August Mid-Ohio Tom Klauser IMSA Formula Atlantic Championship - Round 6
5th September Silverstone Ted Wentz Indylantic Championship - Round 8 - Winner Supersprint Qualifying Heat 1
5th September Silverstone Tony Trimmer Indylantic Championship - Round 8 - Winner Supersprint Qualifying Heat 2
5th September Silverstone Tony Trimmer Indylantic Championship - Round 8
19th September Phoenix Park - IMRC Tony Trimmer John Player Grand Prix, Formula Atlantic
26th September Brands Hatch - BARC Ted Wentz Indylantic Supersprint Qualifying - Round 9 - Winner Heat 2
3rd October Silverstone Ted Wentz Indylantic Championship - Round 10 - Indylantic Supersprint Qualifying - Winner Heat 3
3rd October Silverstone Ted Wentz Indylantic Championship - Round 10
16th October Oulton Park - BRSCC NW Centre Ted Wentz Indylantic Supersprint Qualifying - Round 11 - Winner Heat 2

1978

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
30th April Curborough - Midland AC David Render RAC Sprint Championship - Class Winner
4th June Curborough David Render RAC Sprint Championship - Class Winner
23rd July Bouley Bay - Jersey Motor Cycle and Light Car Club Lola T460 David Render RAC Hillclimb Championship - Class Winner

2008

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
4th-5th October Donington - HSCC John Rand Derek Bell Trophy - Winner of Class D2

2009

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
9th-10th May Silverstone - HSCC International Trophy John Rand Derek Bell Trophy - Winner of Class B - Race 2
4th-5th July Brands Hatch - HSCC Superprix John Rand Derek Bell Trophy - First overall and Winner of Class B - Race 1
4th-5th July Brands Hatch - HSCC Superprix John Rand Derek Bell Trophy - First overall and Winner of Class B - Race 2
30th-31st August Oulton Park - HSCC Gold Cup John Rand Derek Bell Trophy -Race 1 - Winner of Class B
30th-31st August Oulton Park - HSCC Gold Cup John Rand Derek Bell Trophy -Race 2 - Winner of Class B

2010

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
5th-6th June Snetterton - Autosport 3 Hours John Rand Derek Bell Trophy - First Overall and Winner Class B
3rd-4th July Brands Hatch - HSCC Super Prix John Rand Derek Bell Trophy - Race 1 - Winner Class B
3rd-4th July Brands Hatch - HSCC Super Prix John Rand Derek Bell Trophy - Race 2 - Winner Class B

2011

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
15th May Silverstone International Trophy Jim Blockley Derek Bell Trophy - Race 2 - Winner Class B

2012

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
27th August Oulton Park - Gold Cup John Rand Derek Bell Trophy - Race 1 - Winner Class DB


A set of T460 related drawings from the Lola Archives. Click the graphic for a larger version.

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