Three Indy 500 victories, seven IndyCar titles, 12 Le Mans class wins, four Le Mans Series class titles and five American Le Mans Series crowns are just the start of Lolas success through a remarkable history.
Lola also designed F1 cars have also competed in 148 F1 Grand Prix’s, helping Honda to achieve F1 success at Monza in 1967 and the French Larousse team to a remarkable podium position at the 1990 Japanese Grand Prix.
From 1997 onward, Lola overturned two important markets. IndyCar had been a private battle between Reynard and Penske from 1994-1998. Yet Lola, through a dedicated strategy of engineering excellence and the foresight of its new owner, Martin Birrane, achieved consistent success that eventually resulted in Newman Haas with Cristiano Da Matta taking the 2002 crown. Four more titles followed.
The second of the markets to be dominated by Lola was the burgeoning sports prototype sector. A staggering 76 LMP cars were built in the decade between 1999-2009 with ten distinct designs. Race wins and titles came, almost annually, and Lolas contribution to the sports car industry came at Le Mans in 2008 when Martin Birrane was presented with the Spirit of Le Mans award.
John Surtees, Sir Jackie Stewart, AJ Foyt, Al Unser, Graham Hill, Nigel Mansell, Mario Andretti and Fernando Alonso are just a few of the legendary names who won races and titles driving some of Huntingdon’s finest creations.