Lola moves to produce road car

Top racecar company Lola Cars International Ltd has sealed a new partnership deal that will enable it to enter the world of mainstream automotive manufacturing, it is announced today (Monday, 16th October). In an exciting move, Lola has joined...

Top racecar company Lola Cars International Ltd has sealed a new partnership deal that will enable it to enter the world of mainstream automotive manufacturing, it is announced today (Monday, 16th October).

In an exciting move, Lola has joined forces with Mayflower Vehicle Systems (MVS) to concentrate on specialist niche vehicle projects.

The two companies will pool their vast experience and expertise in two very different markets. This will involve sharing technologies and resources including Lola's state-of-the-art wind tunnel.

Lola is at the forefront of body-in-black automotive manufacturing - designing and building racecars using carbon fibre body structures - while MVS is the UK's leading designer and manufacturer of automotive body-in-white - working with sheet metal body structures in steel or aluminium.

Pooled together, the two will create a powerful automotive design and manufacturing force.

The partnership's aim is to develop special body programmes, using either technique or mixed material technology, as well as work on complete special vehicle projects involving power train, suspension and trim in addition to bodywork.

Lola's Managing Director David Bowes says: "This is a very exciting partnership. Both companies will gain a lot through this link and will be able to grow. Lola's expertise in working with lightweight carbon fibre structures is second to none as is Mayflower's knowledge of the body-in-white industry.

"This is a move that will benefit both Lola and Mayflower in the long-term and we are very much looking forward to starting on a whole host of ground-breaking, innovative projects."

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