Lola Cars International Ltd, designers and manufacturers of the MG Lola EX257 Le Mans car, today unveiled the details of the new 675 LMP customer car for 2002.
In a simultaneous launch in Japan and in the United States, models of the new cars will be on display to the media and customers alike at the British Motorsport Show in Yokohama, Japan during 5-8th October and at the Road Atlanta Motor Sports Center, Georgia, USA, 3-6th October, for the Petit Le Mans sports car endurance race.
The car was designed, developed and manufactured by Lola for MG Sport & Racing Ltd during 2001. A two car team raced at Le Mans 24 Hours in June 2001, returning the famous MG name to Le Mans after a 30 year absence. The customer version will feature logical developments and full customer support. It will be available for U.S. and international teams for delivery from November 2001.
The MG Lola EX257 customer car is expected to be eligible to race in the 2002 24 Hours of Le Mans, the American Le Mans Series (AMLS), the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) and pending further clarification, the FIA Sports Car Championship.
Since Le Mans this year, Advanced Engine Research (AER), the UK based engine specialist, from whom the MG XPower XP-20 engine was commissioned, have further developed the 2 litre, single turbo, 4 cylinder engine for power and reliability. This engine forms an integral part of the customer car package.
David Bowes, Managing Director of Lola Cars International said " The MG Lola EX257 675 Le Mans car gave an impressive performance at its first Le Mans race this year. Since then, Lola have had a number of serious enquiries for a customer Le Mans racer, and we currently plan a limited production run of up to six of the new 2002 customer specification Le Mans cars."
Full technical specification packs and images are available from: * The Lola stand at the Yokohama Show * From Lola support vehicle in the Road Atlanta paddock * Direct from the Sales Department, Lola Cars International Ltd, on Tel: 01480 451301, Fax: 01480 456722, Email email@example.com;