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THE LOLA T640

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Lola's two previous Formula Ford 1600 designs, the T440 and the T540 had both been a success especially the latter which won the BRDC Esso Formula Ford 1600 and the BARC Junior FF1600 Championships. The new design, the T640, continued to, unusually for the time, keep a front radiator configuration while a new spaceframe featured a new suspension front and rear featuring upper rockers on the rear replacing a single upper link.

The majority of cars built, twenty-seven, were in US spec running racing wheels and slicks, just three were in the E (European) spec, steel wheels and treaded "road" tyres. As can be seen from the Press Release below modifications were introduced during the year as the teams learnt more about their cars.

Despite the number of different manufacturers running in FFord 1600 in the early '80s the T640 proved a good choice winning the Townsend Thoresen FF1600 Championship and more importantly the FFord Festival when all the best runners from the UK and Europe came together and Julian Bailey came out on top.

Year(s) of Construction: 1982

Total Built: 30 (3 to E spec)
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T640 CHAMPIONSHIP WINS

YEAR
CHAMPIONSHIP
WINNER(S)
NOTES
1982 Townsend Thoresen FF1600 Championship Julian Bailey Lola T640E-Ford
1982 Birmingham Post & Mail/Donington FF1600 Championship Mark Peters Lola T640E-Ford
1985 John Player Special Champion of Brands FF1600 Championship Colin Stancombe Lola T640/2E-Ford
1988 Delta Freight Monoposto Kent Championship Chris Fox Lola T640E-Ford
2008 CFDA (Canadian Formula Driver’s Association) Dave McKay Lola T640-Ford


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T640 SIGNIFICANT RACE WINS


1982

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
12th April Brands Hatch Julian Bailey Round of the Townsend Thoresen FF1600 Championship
31st May Snetterton Julian Bailey Round of the Townsend Thoresen FF1600 Championship
5th June Oulton Park Julian Bailey Round of the Townsend Thoresen FF1600 Championship
4th July Donington Julian Bailey Round of the Townsend Thoresen FF1600 Championship
29th August Brands Hatch Julian Bailey Round of the Townsend Thoresen FF1600 Championship
26th September Brands Hatch Julian Bailey Round of the Townsend Thoresen FF1600 Championship
31st October Brands Hatch Julian Bailey Marlboro World Cup FF Festival

1983

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
10th April Lydden Hill Peter Rose Round 2 of the BARC Junior FF1600 Championship
23rd October Thruxton Peter Rose Round 15 of the BARC Junior FF1600 Championship

1984

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
31st March Oulton Park Peter Townsend Round of the P&O Ferries FF1600 Championship
15th April Snetterton Peter Townsend Round of the P&O Ferries FF1600 Championship
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