For the 2012 season Rebellion Racing and Dyson Racing opted for the Lola LMP1 chassis with their respective engines of choice. Dyson used the chassis for the Mazda AER MZR-R which they have successfully campaigned in subsequent seasons to win the Michelin Green-X Challenge and 2011 Championship.
Lola celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2008. Very few companies can match Lola’s racing pedigree. For the majority of that time, Lola has been the largest and most successful constructor of race cars, producing winning designs for virtually every category from Formula Ford and Sports 2000 to Formula 1 and Le Mans. In 2011 they won both the American Le Mans and European Le Mans Series LMP1 Championships. Since 2005, they have been the only consistent threat to the work entries of Audi and Peugeot, including being the first placed petrol car in the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Befitting a company with 50 years of winning technology, the record of Lola’s prototype designs underscores Lola’s skill in creating a winning package for endurance racing. Outstanding performance, drivability, and consistency combined with superior engineering, serviceability, and quality continue to make Lola successful on race tracks around the world.
The B12/66 LMP1 Coupe is a one-piece carbon composite monocoque and is “technology ready” for the latest regulations and homologated up to 2014. The body panels are of lightweight pre-preg carbon composite construction. The suspension is double wishbone with pushrod/rocker-activated coil spring/adjustable dampers. The six-speed sequential gearbox is lightweight cast magnesium and features Lola fitted pneumatic/automated paddle-shift system.
In keeping with the current environment of the modern race car, groups within Lola have undertaken significant studies in hybrid technologies as well as hydrogen and other alternative fuels. Dyson Racing was the first to run on Isobutanol, paving the way for others to look at the new power source.