Lola B05/40

Lola B05/40

The Lola B05/40 is a Le Mans Prototype built by Lola Cars International for use in the LMP2 class for the American Le Mans Series, Le Mans Series, and 24 Hours of Le Mans. Developed in 2005, it was intended as a replacement for both the Lola B2K/40 and the MG-Lola EX257. It shares various structural elements with the larger LMP1-class Lola B06/10. It is still in use today.


Following a change to Le Mans regulations by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO), which saw the LMP900 and LMP675 classes eliminated in order to make way for the newer LMP1 and LMP2 classes, many teams found that their old chassis would no longer be legal when the new regulations came into full efect in 2007. Lola's older chassis would be among those deemed illegal, requiring them to develop an all new car to meet the new LMP2 regulations.

The B05/40 can be seen as an evolution of the MG-Lola EX257 (also known as Lola B01/60), in that many mechanical and aerodynamic elements are shared between the two cars. The front fenders are nearly identical between the two cars, while the nose is raised in a fashion similar to the EX257 while lacking the opening grill at the tip. This opening is instead replaced by two large NACA ducts placed on either side of the nose. Behind the cockpit, now mandated twin rollbars replace the single rollbar which originally sat behind just the driver. The air intake for the engine is placed in a nacelle between these rollbars, while turbocharged cars use a large duct placed to the left side of the cockpit. The sides of the car are nearly identical to the EX257, while the rear is nearly completely redesigned to fit the LMP2 regulations. A shorter tail as well as large vertical boards placed at the bottom of the bodywork help increase speed while aiding in safety.

Various engines have been used in the B05/40, with no standard engine being used when designing the chassis. The B05/40 was designed to accept a wide variety due to its use as a customer chassis for privateers. Engines have included Nicholson-McLaren V8s, Judd V8s, Zytek V8s, Acura V8s, AER turbocharged Inline-4s, and Mazda turbocharged Inline-4s.


Since 2005, Lola has been continually upgrading the B05/40, including various bodywork upgrades for improved aerodynamics. In late 2006, a new chassis for Fernández Racing's Acura team was built which included slight upgrades, leading to Lola terming the car B06/40. However for the beginning of the 2007 season, Lola unveiled further upgrades that have been applied by nearly all B05/40 customers. These upgrades included a redesigned front end, which replaced the NACA ducts with a single opening in the nose, returning to a design almost identical to the MG-Lola EX257. Although all chassis have been upgraded, the naming of each car varies depending on the team, with B05/40, B06/40, and B07/40 all being used.

Another modified B05/40 is in use by Ray Mallock Ltd.. Actually built on an MG-Lola EX257 chassis, the RML team merely modified their existing chassis to accept the bodywork of the B05/40. This car is therefore known as the MG-Lola EX264 to reflect its heritage mixed with its modern bodywork. It has since been upgraded to include the 2007 bodywork, while retaining the EX264 name.

Racing history

For their initial season in 2005, one B05/40 would be used by Intersport Racing in the American Le Mans Series season, while Chamberlain-Synergy Motorsport, Lista Racing, Ray Mallock Ltd., and Binnie Motorsports competed in the Le Mans Endurance Series. In ALMS, Intersport would easily take the LMP2 championship with five victories over the season. Meanwhile in LMES, Chamberlain-Synergy would take the LMP2 championship, while Ray Mallock would take second and Horag fourth, with each of the three teams managing one win over the season. In the middle of the season, at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Intersport would join Ray Mallock and Chamberlain-Synergy for the endurance event, with Ray Mallock taking the LMP2 victory.

Going into 2006, all of the B05/40 teams would remain, although Chamberlain-Synergy's team would be taken over by ASM Team Racing for Portugal midway through the Le Mans Series season. For Intersport, the American Le Mans Series LMP2 championship could not be retained due to new competition from the Porsche RS Spyder even though Intersport scored three wins. A similar situation would occur in the LMS, with Barazi-Epsilon's Courage Competition outdoing the Ray Mallock EX264 which had one win. Although Chamberlain Synergy's chassis scored three wins during the season, their take over by ASM Team Racing for Portugal meant that the team's points were split, denying them the championship. For the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Ray Mallock would again take the LMP2 victory, with Intersport, Binnie, and Chamberlain-Synergy also participating.

For the 2007 season, Intersport would move to the LMP1 class with a new chassis, while Fernández Racing would join the series with an upgraded B05/40 for use with the Acura Le Mans project. B-K Motorsports would also purchase a new B05/40 for use with their Mazda project, switching from a previous Courage chassis. Ray Mallock, Horag, Binnie, and ASM Team Racing for Portugal would all remain in the Le Mans Series, all running the 2007 upgrades.

External links

* - B05/40 specifications
* [ Mulsannes Corner] - Lola B05/40 technical analysis

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Нужно решить контрольную?

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Lola Racing Cars — (also Lola Cars International) is a racing car engineering company founded in 1961 by Eric Broadley and based in Huntingdon, England. Lola started by building small front engined sports cars, and branched out into Formula Junior cars before… …   Wikipedia

  • Lola B06/10 — The Lola B06/10 is a Le Mans Prototype developed by Lola Cars International for use in the LMP1 class of the American Le Mans Series, Le Mans Series, and 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was developed in 2006 as a replacement for the Lola B2K/10 as well… …   Wikipedia

  • Lola B2K/40 — The Lola B2K/40 was a Le Mans Prototype developed in 2000 by Lola Cars International as a cheaper, smaller, and lighter alternative to the similar Lola B2K/10. Although specifically designed to compete in the SR2 class of the Sports Racing World… …   Wikipedia

  • Lola Racing Cars — (También Lola Cars International o más comúnmente Lola) es una compañía de ingeniería de automoviles de competición fundada por Eric Broadley y con sede en Huntingdon, Inglaterra. Lola es uno de los nombres más conocidos en el automovilismo… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Lola B08/80 — The Lola B08/80 is a Le Mans Prototype built by Lola Cars International. It is effectively the LMP2 version of the larger Lola B08/60; they are the first closed cockpit sports prototypes built by Lola since the T92/10 of 1992. The B08/80 is… …   Wikipedia

  • MG-Lola EX257 — Hersteller: MG (Automarke) Produktionszeitraum: 2001–2002 Klasse …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • MG-Lola EX257 — The MG Lola EX257 (sometimes referred to as simply MG EX257) was a Le Mans Prototype built by Lola Cars International for the MG car company for their attempt to compete again at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 24hLM|2001. The car has had many years… …   Wikipedia

  • Le-Mans-Series-Saison 2006 — Die Le Mans Series Saison 2006 war die dritte Langstreckenmeisterschaft des ACOs. Sie wurde über fünf Rennen in der Zeit vom 9. April 2006 bis zum 24. September 2006 ausgetragen. Neben den vier europäischen Läufen wurde ein 1000 Kilometer Rennen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Le-Mans-Series-Saison 2007 — Start der Mil Milhas in Brasilien November 2007. Die Le Mans Series Saison 2007 war die vierte Langstreckenmeisterschaft des ACOs. Sie wurde über sechs Rennen in der Zeit vom 15. April 2007 bis zum 10. November 2007 ausgetragen. Erstmals gewann… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Le-Mans-Series-Saison 2008 — Mehrere Prototypen beim 1000 km Rennen von Silverstone Die Le Mans Series Saison 2008 war die fünfte Langstreckenmeisterschaft des ACOs. Sie wurde über fünf Rennen in der Zeit vom 5. April 2008 bis zum 14. September 2008 ausgetragen. Zum ersten… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”