2005-2009 Lola LMP2

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Text copyright Michael J. Fuller
Lola's LMP2 (and by that, we mean all the iterations by that B05, 06, 07, 08, etc., open or closed top) has evolved since its introduction in 2005.  At the core the chassis has remained fundamentally the same, even as it evolved into the closed top B08 in 2008.  The Lola is the standard bearer for the privateer LMP2 competitors and always nipping at the heels of the factory backed efforts.  
The original concept renderings.
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2005 Lola B05/40 LMP2 Specifications
Designer: Chief Designer: Julian Sole
Chief Aerodynamacist: Phil Tiller and Dan 'The Wookie' Cox
Sportscar Project Engineer: David Scotney
Layout: Mid-engine, rear-wheel drive
Monocoque: One piece carbon fiber composite monocoque
Engine: can accept:
>Judd (or "MG") normally aspirated 3.4 liter V8
>AER turbo 2.0 liter I4
>Nicholson-McLaren normally aspirated 3.4 liter V8
>Mazda MZR-R turbo 2.0 liter I4
Gearbox: Lola 6-speed manual sequential gearbox with auto-shift option.  Lightweight magnesium case.
Clutch: AP Racing
Steering: Rack and pinion.
Kyaba power steering option will be available
Suspension: The front and rear uprights are fabricated from aircraft spec steel and TIG welded. 

Both front and rear suspension use double fabricated steel wishbones with pushrods and rockers transmitting the loads to Ohlins T44 dampers (3 way adjustment).

Brakes: Hitco Carbon discs and pads, AP Racing calipers and master cylinders.  Discs (front & rear) 355 mm dia.
Wheels: Front: 18" dia. x 11" wide
Rear: 18" dia. x 13" wide
Tires: Front: 285/650 x 18” dia.
Rear: 325/650 x 18” dia.
Length: 4524 mm
Width: 1993 mm
Wheelbase: 2782 mm
Front Overhang: 1000 mm
Rear Overhang: 740 mm
Weight: 786 kgs. (2005 Le Mans average)
Tank capacity: 90 liters
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