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February 2005
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>>Lola unveils B05/40 LMP2.  The B05/40 took its first tentative steps at a wet and snowy Silverstone yesterday afternoon.  The car's initial shake down was completed by the RML Group, the first customer to receive the chassis.  RML's B05/40 will be known as a MG EX264 and be powered by a MG-badged 3.4 liter Judd V8.  The B05/40 has been designed to also accept the AER 2 litter I-4 turbo and the Nicholson-McLaren V8 engine.  Detailed specifications have not been released at this time, but Lola does indicate that the B05/40 will use a further developed version of the B01/60's 6-speed, paddle-shift gearbox.  Additional features include"...two starter motors and a double battery system that will mean fail-safe getaways from pit starts", which will hopefully put the startenator problems of the past behind them for good.  The B05/40 has benefited from more than 30 days wind tunnel development.

Note the small rear body gurney and the dive plane shape transitioning over the mandatory rear aero structure.  One could make the argument that from this angle it appears the trailing edge of the under floor is flexing with the outboard ends lifting upwards width-wise across the trailing edge.
Compare the front brake inlet NACA ducts on the Lola to the Dome LMP image below.

>>Dome's new hybrid-rule S101 Hb LMP1 is in development.  These images were posted on Dome's webpage showing the S101 Hb at its current stage of development.  Of initial interest are the elongated driver's head rests.  Taking a cue from the Bentley LMGTP, we can see two large NACA ducts (covered) for brake cooling at the front of the car.

From the rendering we can garner a few more details.  Of interest is the Venetian Blinds treatment at the front wheel well exit.  This is to make the car compliant to Art 3.4.1 a/ which essentially says that any bodywork as seen from the side can not be offset any more than 150 mm from the outboard edge of the car.  The solution, as executed here, is to overlap bodywork as seen from the side thereby creating a shadow plate at the 150 mm offset and then being free to do whatever you like behind.  Additionally note the engine intakes located in the passenger side head rest.  The ACO seemed to have acquiesced on this point as it wasn't their original intention to allow for the passenger's head rest to serve any function other than safety.
It is interesting that Dome felt compelled to release an underbody image.  But then since the regulations essentially prescribe a near spec underfloor; seen one you've seen them all.  Of course with whatever wiggle-room there is in the regulations, Dome wouldn't be showing their cards here.
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