2006-2009 Lola LMP1

Images copyright Pat Michl, Martin Spetz, and Michael J. Fuller
Text copyright Michael J. Fuller

Sebring 2006The B06/10 departs from the B05/40 in the area of the "coke".  On the B05/40 the duct just ahead of the rear wheels allows air to flow into the car in order to expand into the base area at the rear of the car reducing drag.  On the B06/10 this duct doesn't exist and instead a coolant radiator exit duct sits in its place with heated air being expelled from the chassis.  This was necessitated by the need to fit the larger radiators and intercoolers (and associated plumbing, exhaust headers, turbos, turbo airbox, etc.) expected of LMP1s. 
Mid-Ohio 2006By the Houston race (though photographed here at Mid-Ohio, Rnd 3) the radiator exit duct had increased in area.  This was the result of additional wind tunnel testing carried out since the season opener at Sebring.
Sebring 2006The rather cramped (relative to the B05/40) B06/10 engine bay.

ęCopyright 2006, Michael J. Fuller