1971 Lola T212

1971 Lola T212

The T212 was part of a long series of 2-liter cars made by Lola for the European Sportscar Championship. The preceding Lola T210 was highly successful in the hands of Jo Bonnier, so the design was refined for the 1971 season.

Lola built the T212 as a Group 6 car which made it eligible for hill climbs, sports car racing and endurance racing.

The the T212 typically used a Ford Cosworth FVC engine and was a common chassis in the 2-liter class.

Unlike the spaceframe designs of the competitors, Lola used an aluminum sheet monocoque with a rear subframe for the engine.

The T212 was a common sight in the European 2-Litre Championship and races such as the Monza 1000 Kilometres, Monza 1000 Kilometres, Targa Florio, Nürburgring 1000 Kilometres, Watkins Glen 6 Hours, BRSCC Brands Hatch, Nürburgring 500 Kilometres as well as many Interserie races.

Many race teams in independent racers used the T212. It was primarily championed by Jo Bonnier through Scuderia Filipinetti but other teams Scuderia Brescia Corse, Minilite Ltd., Karl von Wendt Racing and Philips Autoradio raced the T212.

In Detail

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typeRacing Car
engineFord Cosworth FVC Straight-4
positionMid, Longitudinal
block materialCast Iron
valvetrainDOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl
displacement1790 cc / 109.23 in³
bore85.7 mm / 3.37 in
stroke77.5 mm / 3.05 in
power182.7 kw / 245 bhp @ 9000 rpm
specific output136.87 bhp per litre
bhp/weight445.45 bhp per tonne
body / frameFiberglass Body over Sheel Aluminum Monocoque w/Rear Steel Subframe
driven wheelsRWD
curb weight550 kg / 1213 lbs
wheelbase2155 mm / 84.8 in
front track1320 mm / 52.0 in
rear track1320 mm / 52.0 in
length3450 mm / 135.8 in
width1670 mm / 65.7 in
transmissionHewland 5-Speed
fuel capacity90 litres or 23.76 gal.