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01/10/08
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Lola reveals new LeMans coupe


New Lola coupe prototype

Lola Cars International Ltd today announced the addition of the latest generation of LMP Coupe to its  vast  ancestry  of  world-beating  sportscars.  Lola  also  releases  the  first  images  of the all-new Lola B08/60 LMP1.

The car will compete in this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours and Le Mans Series in the hands of existing Lola  sportscar  customer  Charouz  Racing  System,  who  will  race  the  new  design  with  an  Aston Martin V12 engine and engineering support from Aston Martin Racing.

The Lola B08/60 LMP1 Coupe is the result of over 12 months research, design and aerodynamic testing  at  Lola’s  renowned  technical  base  in  Huntingdon,  Cambridgeshire.  Utilizing  significant upgrades  in  CFD  (Computational  Fluid  Dynamics)  and  wind tunnel  equipment,  Lola  is  the  first constructor to get a customer LMP Coupe on to the track.

As well as a full program for the LMP1 Coupe this year, Lola has also agreed to supply a Lola B08/80  LMP2  version  of  the  design  to  Speedy-Sebah  Racing  Team.  This  entry  is  planning  to battle with Lola’s open-topped sportscars to ensure a fifth consecutive class success at Le Mans in 2008, Lola’s 50th anniversary year.

There  is  a  historic  precedent  to  the  announcement  of  Lola’s  latest  Le  Mans  efforts  as  the company  entered  an  Aston-Martin  engined  T70  in  the  1967  Le Mans 24 Hours driven by John Surtees.

The first Lola B08/60 LMP1 Coupe is currently being prepared for a significant testing program with Charouz Racing System before making its public debut at Paul Ricard on the first weekend of March.

Martin Birrane: Executive Chairman – Lola Group "Following my purchase of Lola in 1997 I have commissioned a total of 8 sportscars all of which have been successful. Since my acquisition, Lola sportscars have taken five LMP675/LMP2 Le Mans class victories and many other wins and championships on both sides of the Atlantic. The B08/80 LMP1 and its sibling - the B08/60 LMP2 Coupe will race this year with exciting teams and drivers.  Having  sold  more  LMP  cars  than  any  other  constructor  in  the  past  decade  we  are delighted  that  these  latest  additions  to  the  Lola  sportscar  story  will  continue  the  company’s tradition of exceptional engineering allied to a passion for winning."

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