Eric Broadley's Lola Cars launched the T70 in the mid-sixities, and found instant success in the new Can Am series, with John Surtees winning the championship in 1966. While most T70's were Chevy powered, a variety of engines were used over the years and some of the most prominant drivers of the day sat behind the wheel of a T70.

Lola T70 1965-1970

1965 Lola T70 Mk1: The T70 was made for endurance racing. First in Europe and then in 1966 in the USA in Can-Am racing. Usually powered by a Chevrolet 4.5L engine, in the initial season of 1965, the cars suffered engine problems due to the low quality of fuel available in Europe. This is the first T70 made. Jackie Stewart drove this car to third place at the BRSCC Guards International Trophy at Brands Hatch.
Model by BEST 1/43
1966 Lola T70 Mk1: John Surtees won the inaugural 1966 Can-Am season championship. Driving this T70, Surtees dominated the series, winning three of six races, with Lola T70's dominating the race grids and podiums.
Model by FLY 1/43
1966 Lola T70 Mk2 Spider: John Mecom Racing entered this car for Jackie Stewart to run at both Las Vegas and Riverside in the Can Am series. This was the first foray for Stewart in Can Am. He retired from both races. This is the Riverside car. Part of the Jackie Stewart Collection.
Model by BEST 1/43
1966 Lola T70 Mk2: From the start of the Can-Am in 1966, Lola T70's were plentiful on the grid. This is the Penske entered car for Mark Donahue as it appeared at the first Can-Am race at St. Jovite near Montreal.
Model by BEST 1/43

1966 Lola T70 Mk2: The Northwest has always been host to top tier racing and the USRRC race held at SIR in '66 was no exception. Seattle's Jerry Grant put this Lola-Ford on the pole for Dan Gurney's All-American Racers, but lost the race to a young driver who collected his first major win, Mark Donohue driving for Roger Penske, when he developed engine trouble. USRRC was quickly fading in popularity to the new Can Am series.
Model by GMP 1/43
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1966 Lola T70 Mk2: Although usually powered by Chevy engines, Dan Gurney employed a aluminum block 305 c.i. Westlake-Eagle Ford in his Lola T70's. Gurney's All-American Racers ran Lola's in both the USRRC and Can Am series in 1966, putting AAR on the racing map as a top competitor in each series, along with their success in Indy and F1 racing.
Model by BEST 1/43
1966 Lola T70 Mk3: Peter Revson drove this Dana Chevrolet entry In the Can-Am Challenge in 1967, in between USRRC and Trans-Am races. His best finish was at Mosport in the 1966 Can-Am round there, where he finished 3rd overall.
Model by FLY 1/43

1966 Lola T70 Mk2: Noted Champ and NASCAR driver Roger McClusky raced this Lola during the 1967 Can-Am season for Pace Setter Homes. He was only able to finish two of the six Can-Am races entered in the Chevrolet powered car, with his best finish being 5th place at Mosport.
Model by FLY 1/43
1966 Lola T70 Mk2: John Surtees clinched the inaugural 1966 Can-Am title driving in this Lola T70 for his own racing team at Las Vegas, one of three wins that season. He won the race at Riverside to equal Phil Hill driving for Chaparral in the championship points race. Surtees championship is remarkable, not only because he was also driving in F1, but because he had come back from a very serious accident the year before that threatened to end his career.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1967 Lola T70 Mk2: Roger Penske enlisted Mark Donohue to drive his new Lola T70 Spider in the 1967 USRRC Championship. Donohue won six of the seven races he drove for Penske Racing that season. Both driver and team won the championships with their total domination. The next season, both Penske and Donohue would move on to McLaren but in 1967, gave Lola and the T70 its shining moment.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1967 Lola T70 Mk3: Indy car owner George Bignotti entered this car (Chassis #SL73/127) for his drivers to run at select events in the 1967 and 1968 Can Am season. Parnelli Jones drove the car in 1967 and Mario Andretti drove the car in 1968. The car was entered for Jones in the 1967 Can Am races at Laguna Seca and Las Vegas and for Andretti at Road America and Bridgehampton in 1968. Despite qualifying well, the car did not finish a race in the hands of either driver.
Model by SPARK 1/43

1967 Lola-Aston Martin T70 Mk3 GT: Lola replaced the usual Chevy V8 in the T70, for a run at Le Mans using a home grown Aston Martin V8. The Aston 5.0L engine was underpowered when compared to the Ford's and Ferrari's in its class. Driven by David Hobbs and John Surtees, even their talent could not over come overcome the cars problems due to a lack of development. They retired in the 3rd hour due to overheating and engine failure.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1967 Lola-Aston Martin T70 Mk2 GT: Before Le Mans, the Surtees/Hobbs team raced the Aston powered T70 at the Nurburgring 1000 km in 1967. The rear suspension failed early on and the pair failed to finish. This was the first major race for the T70 GT and it did not begin well. The car was raced at Le Mans in 1967, but retired due to engine problems. It was subsequently converted to Chevrolet power and was sold to Ecurie Bonnier at the end of the 1967 season.
Model by DELPRADO 1/43
1967 Lola T70 Mk2 GT: Jo Bonnier and Sten Axelsson drove the Ecurie Bonnier entry at the BOAC 500 at Brands Hatch in 1968, finishing 6th. This T70 (SL73/101)powered by a 5.0L Chevy V8, started its competiton life as a Lola/Team Surtees team car and was enetered at Le Mans in 1967 (DNF). Sold to Bonnier, it was racedin endurance races at Sebring, Silverstone and Watkins Glen before being sold to various owners. It fiished its racing career in the Interserie in 1972 & 1973 raced by Nick Cussons.
Model by SPARK 1/43

1968 Lola T70 GT Mk3 GT: Ed Leslie and Lothar Motschenbacher drove this T70 to 2nd place behind the winning T70 of Donohue and Parsons at Daytona in 1969. The entry was by American International Racing, actor James Garner's racing team. Powered by a 5.0L Traco V8. The pair finished Sebring that year in 6th place. The success at Daytona showed the potential for the GT cars in endurance racing and led to further development of the Mk3B.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1968 Lola T70 Mk3 GT: Scooter Patrick and Dave Jordan drove James Garner's American International Racing's (AIR) second entry at Daytona in 1969. They finished in seventh place overall, 3rd in class behind the Penske Lola T70 and the other AIR Lola. The Lola's were not expected to win at Daytona, not with Porsche fielding five cars and two Ferrari killing GT40's in the field. However, none of the Porsches managed to finish, nor did the GT40's. The Matra entry did not make the start due to a crash in practice. This left the race spoils up for grbs between the AIR and Penske Lola's. Team owner Garner had a film crew at Daytona in 1969 and made the documentart The Racing Scene.
Model by BEST 1/43

1968 Lola T160: Carl Haas, the Lola importer to North America, was the entrant of this Lola driven by veteran driver Chuck Parsons in the 1968 Can-Am. The T160 was the successor to the Lola T70 MkIII. It was not the best season for Parsons as the T160 with its 7.0L Chevy V8 was unreliable, an 11th place finsh at Riverside being his best. He would win Daytona in 1969 with Mark Donohue in a Lola T70 Coupe.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1969 Lola T70 Mk3B GT: This T70 was originally sold to John Woolfe Racing in 1969, being sold to the Belgian Racing Team VDS later in the year. Teddy Pilette and Gustave Gosselin drove the car at Le Mans in 1970. The T70 had a 5.0L Chevrolet V8, which produced 500 hp and they were 4th in the test race, but DNF'd in the 24 hour race due to a bad clutch while running in 10th place. Pilette drove the car to several FIA victories for VDA in 1970-71 seasons. The pair drove the car again at Le Mans in 1971with a 7.0L V8, but again failed to finish. Racing Team VDS was owned by Count Rudi van der Straten, heir to the Stella Artois brewing fortune.
Model by SPARK 1/43

1969 Lola T70 Mk3B GT (DAYTONA WINNER): The successful combination of Penske/Donohue and Sunoco produced another winner, as Mark Donohue and Chuck Parsons drove this car to 1st place at Daytona in 1969. With Lucas fuel injection, the 5.0L Traco Chevrolet V8 was now able to produce approximately 450 bhp in an all-alloy monocoque chassis, which significantly reduced weight of from the predecessor MK3GT. Penske had planned to contest for the World Championship of makes, but this car was stolen after Sebring and not recovered until too late in the season.
Model by FLY 1/32
1969 Lola T70 Mk3B GT: The T70 Mk3B was designed to compete in FIA endurance races where it would compete against Ford, Ferrari and Porsche. Lola did not have a factory team and sold to privateers, while designed around the Chevrolet V8, teams were free to use other engines and components. The Mk3B was the most successful Lola T70 variant which besides Daytona in 1969, took 23 other major victories before rule changes rendered the car obsolete in 1971.
Model by SPARK 1/43

1971 Lola T260: Jackie Stewart drove this car at Mosport in the first race for the T260 in Can Am. He took the pole position, but retired due to gearbox trouble. Stewart would win the next round at Mont-Tremblant. The T260 was fast and with Stewart driving he usually qualified in the top three spots. Reliability issues took the car out of most races, never being able to realize its true potential.,
Model by MARSH 1/43
1971 Lola T260: Jackie Stewart drove the Lola Can-Am entry in 1971 as Lola tried to out gun McLaren. Power was provided by a 496 cu.in. V8, which produced over 700 hp and bags of torque. The T260 captured pole position in its first race and proved it was a contender, winning two poles and two races, consistently being one of the fastest cars. The race at Laguna Seca was the only race that the car used the big front wing and it had little effect.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1972 Lola T280: This was the second of approximately ten T280's made. Powered by a 3.0L Ford-Cosworth DFV engine, the car was quick, but suffered from a lack of development. Jo Bonnier, the European Lola agent entered two cars for Le Mans in 1972 promoting Switzerland. Sadly, he was killed in this car during the race.
Model by SOLIDO 1/43
1973 Lola T292: Guy Edwards campaigned this Barclays sponsored T292 in the European 2-Liter Championship of Makes, along with s sister car driven by Jim Busby. Edwards won the round at Clermont-Ferrand. The car is powered by a 2.0L Cosworth-Ford, but started the season powered by a Chevy Vega engine with poor results.
Model by LUSO 1/43

1975 De Cadenet - Lola T380: For Le Mans in 1975, Alain de Cadenet entered a Lola T380 chassis with custom bodywork for both he and and Chris Craft to drive. They finished 14th overall and 5th in class. During the night, the rear bodywork on the De Cadenet flew off on the Mulsanne Straight while the team was in 3rd position. They finished with the bodywork taped togther. The following year at Le Mans, de Cadenet entered the same 3.0L Cosworth DFV engined car with he and Craft driving and they finished 3rd, the best finish for a Lola chassis at Le Mans.
Model by BIZARRE
1978 Lola T333CS: In 1978, Alan Jones alternated between driving for Willians in F1 and Haas-Hall Racing for the Can Am Championship. Of the nine Can Am races in which he competed, Jones won five (Atlanta, Mosport, Road America, Mid-Ohio, and Riverside) and took pole in each race. Powered by a 5.0L Chevy V8, the Can Am series for 1977used enclosed wheel F5000 cars and Lola quickly adapted the T332 for this purpose. The T333CS is the 1978 season version.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1979 Lola-Ford T297: Starting out in life as a T290 chassis (HU22), over the years this car was updated to T294, then T297 specs. Developed for the Group 6 class, the T297 was introduced in 1978 as the latest in a long-line of successful 2.0L cars. Powered by a Ford Swindon engine producing 300bhp, this car was campaigned most of its life by Dorset Racing, entered at Le Mans in 1979 and driven by Tony Birchenough, Richard Jenvey, Brian Joscelyne and Nick Mason. They drove to 18th place overall and 2nd in class despite soaked electrics at at a very wet Le Mans in 1979. Clark and Mason drove the car again at Le Mans in 1980.
Model by BIZARRE 1/43

2001 MG-Lola EX257: Mark Blundell, Julian Bailey & Kevin McGarrity finished 30th overall, but failed to finish at Le Mans in 2002 in this car. It had shown promise, finishing 5th at the Le Mans test. Built by Lola, the EX257 was built to LMP675 specifications for for Le Mans and debuted there in 2001. Powered by a MG / AER XP-20 Straight 4 of 2.0L, which put out 500 bhp, the MG's proved it could compete with the larger LMP900 cars, but in the end, its light weight cost it relaibility. Five cars were built and raced throgh 2007, winning several ALMS races.
Model by SPARK 1/43
2001 MG-Lola EX257: Jon Field, Duncan Dayton and Mike Durrand drove EX257 chassis #001 at Sebring in 2003 for Intersport Racing. They qualified 10th, but mechanical problems during the race resulted in a 30th place overall finish, but second in the LM675 class. Intersport raced the car in the 2002, 2003 & 2004 American Le Mans Series, including Sebring in 2002 (7th) and two runs at Le Mans in 2003 & 2004 (DNF both years).
Model by SPARK 1/43
2005 MG-Lola EX264: The EX264 was developed in association with MG and RML Racing. In its original configuration as raced in 2005, the all-carbon fibre monocoque chassis was propelled by a MG V8 developed by Judd and took the car to a class win at Le Mans in 2005. For 2006, the engine was changed to a turbocharged AER 2-litre engine with Mike Newton, Thomas Erdos and Andy Wallace took it to another class win at Le Mans.
Model by SPARK 1/43
2008 MG-Lola EX265 : The EX265 was the most technologically advanced MG racecars made by RML Racing. It was a further development of the EX264, which won its class at Le Mans in 2005. The EX265 was raced at Le Mans in 2008 by Tomas Erdos, Mike Newton and Andy Wallace. They did not finish due to crash damage. The EX265 is powered by a MG AER XP-21 2.0 litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine which gives the carbon fiber chassis car a top speed of over 200 mph!
Model by SPARK 1/43



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