Lola Cars International has ceased public trading when a buyer did not come forth. The iconic brand was formed back in 1958 and became a constructor whose racing machines were sought after around the globe in a variety of pro and club racing events; including open-wheel and Le Mans-style series.
In May, the first news of the failing company shocked many; especially the teams that currently run the Lola chassis as they aim for sports car racing series’ championships.
In Great Britain, the term for “bankruptcy” is known as going into “administration”. The debts at that time were over $32 million. While in the “protected” administration, the company continued to trade under the watchful eyes of Mark Newman and James Snowdon of CCW Recovery Solutions LLP. They were, of course, seeking a buyer.
"During the first week of October, we concluded that a going concern sale of the business was not going to be possible, and the company ceased to trade on Friday, Oct. 5, which unfortunately led to the redundancy of the remaining staff working in the business."
However they did confirm that at this time Lola Composites, which also went into administration in May as a separate entity is still on the trading market. The administrators remain in discussion with "two seriously interested parties" but stated that "neither has committed to progressing their purchase at this time."
At this time, Newman and Snowdon have not reached a time, place and date for when the Lola Cars assets will be auctioned off.
The trademarks owned by Lola are “intellectual property rights” and therefore owned by Lola Group Holdings.
This comes at a time when sportscar racing teams are headed into the season finales over the next few weeks. They include the European Le Mans Series, American Le Mans Series, and the World Endurance Championship.
In 2010, Lola was one of the constructors that made a bid to the IZOD IndyCar Series of the future chassis. They lost the bid, as did others, to Dallara.