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THE LOLA T710
On two occasions in the past Lola had been involved in building cars for other manufacturers, the T130/T180 for Honda and the T370/T371 for the Hill Formula 1 team*. The third occasion would be with the T710 which was commissioned by General Motors to compete in the GTP class of the 1984 IMSA series in order to test their V8 and V6 engines against the formidable competition provided by Jaguar, Porsche, Nissan, and Mazda.
Unusually comprehensive technical details about the construction of the T710 and its 3.4 litre turbocharged V6 Chevrolet engine can be viewed in the Chevrolet publicity brochure which can be downloaded in zip format HERE.
T710 HU1, run by Hendrick Motorsport and driven by South African Sarel van der Merwe and England's David Hobbs, made its debut at Road America in August 1985 where it qualified 11th but retired with engine problems. The next race, the 500kms of Watkins Glen saw Hobbs and Vern Schuppan 7th on the grid but out of the race with gearbox failure. The two remaining races, the Columbus 5000kms and the 3 Hours of Daytona resulted in two more retirements but pole position at Daytona two seconds under the lap record saw there was nothing wrong with either the car or its engine.
The 1986 season saw the T710 used for the opening four races before being replaced with the new T86/10 and the design took another pole position at the Miami 3 Hours and then had its finest moment when it won the 500kms Road Atlanta race.
*Eric Broadley was of course involved in the early development of the Ford GT40 which took the Mk6 as it's starting point but Eric was effectively freelancing for Ford so Lola wasn't involved in the design/construction of the new car.
Year(s) of Construction: 1984
Total Built: 1
T710 SIGNIFICANT RACE WINS
Miami - Löwenbräu Grand Prix of Miami
Sarel van der Merwe
Round 2 of the IMSA Championship (Qualifying Race)
Road Atlanta - 500Km Atlanta Journal / Constitution Camel Grand Prix
Sarel van der Merwe
Round 4 of the IMSA Championship
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