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Jerry Hansen's Lola T140 approachs Corner 13 at Road America in the Badger 200 in 1968, the first win by a Lola in Formula 5000. Copyright Tom Schultz 2006. Used with permission.

Jerry Hansen's Lola T140 approachs Corner 13 at Road America in the Badger 200 in 1968, the first win by a Lola in Formula 5000. Copyright Tom Schultz 2006. Used with permission.

Lola were the dominant constructor for much of the history of Formula 5000, starting with the numerically superior but technologically inferior Lola T140 series through the recalcitrant monocoque T190 series to the F2-based and eventually dominant T300 in 1972. The models that followed in 1973 and 1974, the T330/T332 series, proved to be the definitive F5000 cars, winning virtually everything and completely changing the landscape of F5000. After 1974, very few constructors stayed in Formula 5000 and Lola were able to continue their domination, even when the T400 proved a very difficult car. US agent Carl Haas led a return to the T332 design for 1976, in the form of the T332C, but a few new T430s were also built.

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Type Years No
built
Notes
Lola T140 1968 17 Spaceframe. Full details available
Lola T140
Lola T142 1969 28 Spaceframe. Full details available
Lola T142
Lola T190 1970 17 Monocoque. Full monocoque. Wheelbase 92"; track 58"; length 150"; overall width 77"; weight with water and oil 1290lbs. Advertised chassis price £5,300. Full details available
Lola T190
Lola T192 1971 12 Monocoque. An upgrade to the T190 productionising Frank Gardner's improvements to the original SWB T190. Full details available Lola T192
Lola T300 1972 17 1972 model but first five cars built late in 1971. Lola say 15 built but records show an HU18 built May 1972. Full details available Lola T300
Lola T330 1973 24 1973 model but first two cars built late in 1972. Chassis numbers used: HU1 to HU12 and HU14 to HU26 but Lola have no record of the sale of the last of these. Wheelbase 102"; track 64"; length 190"; overall width 81"; weight with water and oil 1375lbs. Full details available. Lola T330
Lola T332 1974-1975 28 1974 model but the first one or two cars built late in 1973. Chassis numbers used continued T330 range: HU27 to HU52 in 1974 and then two more numbers used in 1975: HU53 and HU54. Other 'kitted' T332s built in 1975 by converting T400s. Full details available. Lola T332
Lola T400 1975 14 1975 model but the first two or three built in December 1974. Lola say 15 built but only HU1 to HU15 used and, of those, HU13 almost certainly not built. Full details available. Lola T400
Lola T430 1976 3 1976 model but T332C also produced that season. Three built, two for VDS and one for Haas. Full details available Lola T400
Lola T332C 1976-1977 8 Produced in 1976 as an alternative to the unloved T430. Chassis numbers used continued T330/T332 range: HU55 to HU61 in 1976 and a one-off HU62 in 1977. Full details available. Lola T332C

Total number built: 168.