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THE LOLA T590

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The T590 was Lola's 1980 Sports 2000 design and was the successor to the incredibly successful and popular T490 and T492 models. However 1979 had shown the cars were now uncompetitive in the face of the Tiga SC79 design from the Tim Schenken and Howden Ganley founded company which had won all but one round of the UK Championship that victory going to Davina Galicia's T492 so Lola had to come with something new and improved for the new season.

The T590 was the response and full technical details and design criteria can be found below, the result was an improvement with the T590 taking five wins in the UK championship but the new Tiga SC80 (a lightly modified SC79) was still the car to beat with fourteen wins, notably in the hands of Ian Taylor and future Lola ALMS star James Weaver. The general feeling seems to be that the tub lacked sufficient torsional rigidity affecting the car's balance and the low-drag bodywork offered less downforce that that of the Tiga.

There are indications the car was also a winner in Europe and the USA, the latter where John fergus took the runner-up spot at the SCCA end-of-season Run-offs in the S2000 class but I am searching for additional results to confirm this.

Year(s) of Construction: 1980

Total Built: 45
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T590 SIGNIFICANT RACE WINS


1980

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
2nd March Silverstone - BRDC Frank Sytner Derwent Television Sports 2000 Championship round
23rd March Mallory Park - BRSCC Frank Sytner Derwent Television Sports 2000 Championship round
22nd June Brands Hatch - BRSCC Chris Alford Derwent Television Sports 2000 Championship round
23rd September Thruxton - BARC Mike Blanchet Derwent Television Sports 2000 Championship round
12th October Snetterrton - BARC Mike Blanchet Derwent Television Sports 2000 Championship round
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