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Christopher Bruce2012-10-11 16:28:45

Lola Cars Shuts Down; Future Uncertain for Teams

Lola supplied roughly a quarter of the LMP2 field

Lola CarsZephyrFord ZephyrUnited States of America, 1950 > 19724 series
11 versions
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International was unable to find a buyer since going into administration and will shut down. Teams competing with the current B12/60B12/60 CoupeLola B12/60 CoupeUnited Kingdom, 2011 > present2 photos
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and B12/80B12/80 COUPELola B12/80 COUPEUnited Kingdom, 2012 > present3 versions
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LMP1 and LMP2 cars respectively face an uncertain future. The cars will obviously no longer be developed and there will no longer be a source for spare parts. 

Lola chassis currently make up three of the ten cars in the LMP2 class this weekend at Fuji and two of the eight cars in the LMP1. It has even more cars in the European Le Mans Series and American Le Mans Series.

The only current alternative for the LMP1 teams is the HPD ARXHPD ARX 03aHonda HPD ARX 03aJapan, 2012 > present2 photos
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chassis, but it forces teams to use a Honda engine. The two the Lola B12/60s in the WEC use ToyotaToyotaToyotaJapan, 1937 > present143 models
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engines, and one in the ALMS uses a MazdaMazdaMazdaJapan, 1920 > present74 models
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engine. 

Options in LMP2 are slightly better. There is the MorganMorganMorganUnited Kingdom, 1909 > present12 models
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-branded Oak PescaroloOAK-PescaroloOAK Racing OAK-PescaroloFrance, 2012 > present4 photos
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chassis and the Oreca 03Oreca 03Oreca Oreca 03France, 2011 > present2 versions
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If teams believe that they have enough spare body parts, they could theoretically still run either car next season. There is also the possibility that someone could found a company creating Lola spares for a year because the 2014 rules change will lead to new chassis. 

Lola was founded in 1958 and has created chassis for Formula 1, Indy Car and prototypes in its career. The started as a Lola chassis. The company had a reputation of offering high quality customer racing chassis for a reasonable price. 

Lola Composites will remain in business as a carbon fiber contractor. 

Source: Le Mans

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