1981 Lola T600

This sucker is one big, low car with ground clearance that would scare a cockroach

Lola constructed just 12 examples of the T600. Chassis T600-HU3 was completed on March 28, 1981, the only example built with a four-cam Cosworth/Ford engine, and the only one retained by Lola Cars, Ltd., as a factory “works” car.

It was entered throughout the 1981 FIA Championship season, campaigned for Lola by Grid Racing and driven by Guy Edwards and Emilio Villota. The car won the BOAC 500 at Brands Hatch and the 6-hours of Enna in Italy. The car was leading the Martini Trophy at Silverstone until it ran out of petrol.

Chassis T600-HU3 was quite successful and earned Lola significant respect throughout the 1981 season. Being one of the first true Formula One-inspired “ground effects” sports prototypes, its success led to a full revolution in race car design. For that one shining summer, with chassis T600-HU3, Lola had it right.

Thor Thorson

Thor Thorson - SCM Contributing Editor

Thor grew up in northern Iowa. His father bought a red Jag XK 150 in the late 1950s, and that was all it took; he has been in love with sports cars , racing cars and the associated adrenaline rush ever since. He has vintage raced for more than 20 years, the bulk of them spent behind the wheel of a blue Elva 7. When he’s not racing, he is president of Vintage Racing Motors Inc., a collector-car dealer and vintage-racing support company based in Redmond, WA. His knowledge runs the full spectrum of vintage racing, and he has put that expertise to good use for SCM since 2003.

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