Lola makes pitch to IRL for 2012 chassis UPDATE We have updated info on the Lola concept submission.
|The Lola B12/00|
|Lola comes up with a great idea to have common tubs/parts for both IRL and IPS cars|
It is a more traditional looking design, but with subtle changes that they propose will make racing closer and "gladiatorial"
The one part we find especially interesting, but would be easy for the other car designs to also implement, is to have a common base chassis between the IRL and IndyLights (IPS) cars.
Take a look at their website/proposal here
02/08/10 After months of consultation, design evaluation and business planning, Lola has presented to the IRL Board an innovative and commercially viable proposal for the next generation of Indy Car.
At the heart of Lola’s presentation to the IRL Board was a carefully considered modern dual body style approach. This concept will provide two ready to race aero performance balanced IndyCars that could compete even safer side by side and very close behind one another on all circuits. This would provide a unique focus for drivers, teams and fans alike without technical compromise or advantage and in addition would accommodate a dual engine supply situation if required.
The proposed Lola IndyCar for 2012 focuses on several key areas. These are safety, efficiency, engine adaptability, weight reduction (proposed 1380lbs v current 1540lbs), pleasing aesthetics with good sponsor exposure and a concentrated evaluation on significantly improving overtaking.
As part of the rigorous technical studies by Lola engineers, an entire range of futuristic concept cars were explored. While these proved technically interesting and on the wish list of the special projects team, some of these options will be deferred, but retained, as a next iteration option. Lola supported University projects that are now using recycled materials continues to be of great interest.
Lola Executive Chairman, Martin Birrane
“Lola’s history in US racing stretches back to 1965 and includes three Indy 500 wins, Can Am, Sports Car and Champ Car title successes. It is upon this framework of heritage combined today with Lola’s state of the art technical capabilities that ensures the company continues to be perfectly positioned to enter a new era and add another chapter to this already fascinating and inspiring partnership.”
Lola Cars Managing Director, Robin Brundle
“We have worked closely and methodically to understand the needs of the IRL Board, the fans and the teams while remaining aligned and sensitive to the challenging commercial needs of all stakeholders. For Lola it is also very important that the fans enjoy the cars and receive a great spectacle both trackside and on TV.”