Lola Cars International Ltd have today revealed the all-new chassis for next season's International F3000 series at their head office in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. The technical presentation was hosted by Lola with the FIA, current 2001 teams,...
Lola Cars International Ltd have today revealed the all-new chassis for next season's International F3000 series at their head office in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.
The technical presentation was hosted by Lola with the FIA, current 2001 teams, and those aiming to compete in the new era all present. Building on experience gained in the series over the last six years and making full use of the company's increased technical capabilities and resources, Lola has designed the chassis to reflect the aesthetic qualities of contemporary Formula One cars, offering improved driver comfort and increased passive safety measures.
The carbon-aluminum honeycomb composite monocoque of the new Lola B2/50 was constructed using a new specification of carbon fibre, offering greater strength whilst maintaining the same stiffness characteristics and greater impact resistance. The aerodynamics of the car have also been improved, Lola have completely re-designed the underbody, rear diffuser and sidepods in order to accommodate the narrow track rules and to produce more downforce. The design of the upright at the front and rear of the car are new, and include an improved new brake cooling system and stiffer, lighter construction, whilst retaining the proven bearing concept of the previous generation.
Lola, in partnership with OZ have designed a new one-piece cast alloy wheel to accommodate new tyre sizes, and the latest developments in disc and pad material are incorporated to enhance the performance and life of the braking system.
The design of the B2/50's six-speed gearbox is based on Lola's highly successful Champ car unit, allowing ratio changes to be made without removing the underbody.
As Frank Dernie, Chief Engineer of Lola Cars International Ltd, points out, the new chassis is significantly more advanced than the existing B99/50: "Making use of state-of-the-art technology, the Lola B2/50's data system will enable teams to log ten more channels than the previous systems allowed, and the dashboard display will be incorporated into the steering wheel.
"Having been the exclusive chassis supplier to the International F3000 series for the last six years, Lola has once again proved its experience, technical capabilities and resources to design an all-new chassis for next season," said David Bowes, Managing Director of Lola Cars International Ltd. "I'm sure the Lola B2/50 will cause quite a stir when it arrives on the scene in 2002."