(often described simply as Lola) was a former Formula One
team that contested one race in the 1997 Formula One season
, that quickly withdrew from the sport after failed to qualify in its sole race
. The result was unsuccessful to the point that it is sometimes not even recognized on that season's entry list.
After years of providing chassis to other teams, mainly Larrousse
, team principal Eric Broadley
planned a team that would compete solely under Lola ownership. A prototype chassis was first tested in 1995 with Allan McNish
and in late 1996 Broadley announced the team's participation in the near future. The team had originally intended to enter F1 in 1998, but entered a year early in 1997, Broadley saying that this was due to commercial pressures from the team's sponsors, primarily from title sponsor, MasterCard.
The Lola chassis, dubbed the T97/30
, was based on most of their IndyCar
technology yet never saw the inside of a wind tunnel and barely had on-track tests. This was mainly due to the fact that the design of the engine fell behind schedule.
The engine, the responsibility of Al Melling
. was a V10, designed specifically to take into account the rear streamlining of the car and the underneath of the car in the area of the diffuser. Unfortunately the engine was not developed in time and Lola were compelled to use the Ford engine.
and Ricardo Rosset
were signed to... Read More