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THE LOLA T86/10

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The 1985 T710 AKA the Corvette GTP had proved to be fast but unreliable although it did take two wins at the beginning of the 1986 IMSA season before being replaced by the T86/10.

Unfortunately there are no details of the design of the T86/10 in the Lola Archives but visually it is almost identical to its predecessor, it was styled to look like a road-going Corvette and there are small changes to the ducting on the nose-piece and the rear mounted radiators. HU01, initially, employed the same 3.4 litre turbocharged V6 Chevrolet engine although, later in the season, a 3 litre turbocharged V6 was fitted. HU02 was the same except that a 6 litre normally aspirated unit was employed. HU03 also used the six litre engine.

HU03, the /12 car, was basically the same as the /10 car but it was fitted with active suspension which was the latest technological innovation in the mid-1980s that was first used on the 1983 Lotus 92 F1 car. There is an excellent article on the development of active suspension in F1 before it was finally banned by the FIA HERE. Testing the car showed the system had promise but given the problems F1 teams had in developing their designs with the amount of finance available to them it was unlikely that Lola would be able to fully develop their system unless they felt it had a commercial advantage.

HU01 was the primary race car for the Hendrick team in 1986 and 1987 competing in 21 races.

1986
18th May Charlotte 300Kms - Sarel van der Merwe/Doc Bundy - Qualified 6th - Race 4th
26th May Lime Rock 150 Laps - Sarel van der Merwe/Doc Bundy - Qualified 10th - Race 7th
8th June - Mid-Ohio 500Kms - Sarel van der Merwe/Doc Bundy - Qualified 8th - Race 3rd
22nd June - West Palm Beach 3 Hours - Sarel van der Merwe/Doc Bundy - Qualified 1st - Race 1st
6th July - Watkins Glen 500 Miles - Sarel van der Merwe/Doc Bundy - Qualified 1st - Race 15th
27th July - Portland 300Kms - Sarel van der Merwe/Doc Bundy - Qualified 2nd - Race 8th
3rd August - Sears Point 300Kms - Sarel van der Merwe/Doc Bundy - Qualified 12th - Race 14th DNF (Engine)
24th August - Road America 500 Miles - Sarel van der Merwe/Doc Bundy - Qualified 1st - Race 58th DNF (Accident Damage)
21st September - Watkins Glen 500Kms - Sarel van der Merwe/Doc Bundy - Qualified 15th - Race 4th
5th October - Columbus 500Kms- Sarel van der Merwe/Doc Bundy - Qualified 2nd - Race 35th
26/10: Daytona 3 Hours - Sarel van der Merwe/Doc Bundy - Qualified 1st - Race 14th

1987
1st-2nd February - Daytona 24-Hours - Sarel van der Merwe/Doc Bundy - Qualified 2nd - Race 48th DNF (Turbocharger)
12th April - Road Atlanta 500Kms - Sarel van der Merwe/Doc Bundy - Qualified 1st - Race 19th DNF(Engine)
26th April - Riverside 500Kms - Sarel van der Merwe/Doc Bundy - Qualified 1st - Race 18th DNF (Engine)
3rd May - Laguna Seca 300Kms - Sarel van der Merwe/Doc Bundy - Qualified 3rd - Race 2nd
7th June - Mid-Ohio 500Kms - Sarel van der Merwe/Doc Bundy - Qualified - 5th Race 3rd
21st June - West Palm Beach - Sarel van der Merwe/Doc Bundy 18th DNF
26th July - Portland 300Kms - Doc Bundy Qualified 4th - Race 7th
2nd August - Sears Point 300Kms - Sarel van der Merwe/Doc Bundy - Qualified 5th - Race 3rd
6th September - San Antonio 3 Hours - Sarel van der Merwe/Doc Bundy - Qualified 1st - Race 3rd
6th September - San Antonio 3 Hours - Sarel van der Merwe/Doc Bundy - Qualified 1st - Race 3rd
25th October - Del Mar 2 Hours – Doc Bundy - Qualified -7th Race 22nd DNF (Accident) - Final race for HU01.

HU02 first raced in the 1987 season and competed in seventeen races. It b ecame the race chassis after the accident to HU01 at the 1987 Del Mar race.

1986
26th October - Daytona 3 Hours - Doc Bundy - Qualified 17th - Race 50th DNF

1987
1st March - Miami 3 Hours - Sarel van der Merwe/Doc Bundy - Qualified 3rd - Race 21st DNF (Fire)
3rd May - Laguna Seca 300Kms - Sarel van der Merwe - Qualified 3rd - Race 2nd
7th June - Mid-Ohio 500Kms - Michael/John Andretti - Qualified 3rd - Race 11th
5th July - Watkins Glen 500Kms - Sarel van der Merwe - Qualified 3rd - Race 23rd DNF (Suspension)
26th July - Portland 300Kms - Sarel van der Merwe - Qualified 3rd - Race 4th
16th August - Road America 500 Miles - Sarel van der Merwe/Doc Bundy - Qualified 2nd - Race 39th DNF
25th October - Del Mar 2 Hours - Sarel van der Merwe - Qualified 6th - Race 26th DNF (Accident)

1988
28th February - Miami 3 Hours - Elliot Forbes Robinson/David Hobbs - Qualified 9th - Race 23rd DNF
20th March - Sebring 12 Hours - Sarel van der Merwe/ Elliot Forbes Robinson - Qualified 6th - Race 43rd DNF (Engine)
10th April - Road Atlanta 500Kms - Elliot Forbes Robinson/Didier Theys - Qualified 4th - Race 8th (New tub)
24th April - West Palm Beach 3 Hours - Sarel van der Merwe/Arie Luyendyk - Qualified 9th - Race 28th DNF (Electrics)
30th May - Lime Rock 150 Laps - S. van der Merwe/Elliot Forbes Robinson - Qualified 5th - Race 7th
5th June - Mid-Ohio 500Kms Elliot Forbes Robinson/Wally Dallenbach Jr. - Qualified 10th - Race 7th
31st July - Portland 300Kms - Bobby Rahal - Qualified 9th - Race 20th DNF (Engine)
14th August - Sears Point 300Kms - Bobby Rahal/Sarel van der Merwe - Practice only
2nd October - Columbus 300Kms - Bobby Rahal - Qualified 3rd - Race 33rd DNF (Spun)
23rd October - Del Mar 2 Hours - Bobby Rahal - Qualified 11th - Race 5th

HU03, the active suspension car, only appeared in one practice session and one race.

1987
3rd May - Laguna Seca 300Kms - Practice only.
4th October - Columbus 300Kms - Bobby Rahal - Qualified 4th - Race 22nd DNF (Suspension)

Year(s) of Construction: 1986

Total Built: 3 (HU01 and HU02 to /10 spec, HU03 to /12.)
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