Lola B11/40

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Lola B11/40
PeCom Racings Lola B11 40 Judd BMW.jpg
Category Le Mans Prototype LMP2
Constructor Lola Cars International
Designer(s) Julian Sole
Technical specifications
Chassis Carbon fibre monocoque
Suspension (front) Double wishbone, push-rod actuated coil springs over dampers
Suspension (rear) Double wishbone, push-rod actuated coil springs over dampers
Engine Judd-BMW HK 3.6 L V8 naturally aspirated
HPD HR28TT 2.8 L V6 turbocharged mid-engined, longitudinally mounted
Transmission Lola HT 6-Speed sequential manual
Weight900 kg (2,000 lb)
Tyres Michelin
Dunlop
Continental
Competition history
Notable entrants Flag of the United States.svg Level 5 Motorsports
Flag of Argentina.svg Pecom Racing
Notable drivers Flag of the United States.svg Scott Tucker
Flag of France.svg Christophe Bouchut
Flag of the United States.svg Ryan Hunter-Reay
Flag of Mexico.svg Luis Díaz
Flag of Argentina.svg Luís Pérez Companc
Flag of Argentina.svg Matías Russo
Flag of Germany.svg Pierre Kaffer
Debut 2011 12 Hours of Sebring
RacesWins Poles F.Laps
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Constructors' Championships0
Drivers' Championships0

The Lola B11/40 is an open-top Le Mans Prototype (LMP) built by Lola Cars International. It is the first car to be designed to the new Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) LMP2 "low cost formula" where cars will be powered exclusively by production series engines with a cap of €75,000 on the engine and €325,000 – €400,000 for a complete car. [1] Engine options that will be available include BMW, Ford, HPD, Jaguar, Nissan and Toyota.

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Development

Announced on 21 July 2010, [2] the B11/40 is a Carbon fibre open-top monocoque race car features an all-carbon bodykit, quick-release removable rear bodywork which includes a stabilisation fin on the engine cover which is a safety requirement of the new regulations.

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References

  1. "THE 2011 LE MANS 24 HOURS REGULATIONS". Lemans.org. Archived from the original on 13 June 2010. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
  2. "Lola Group News: Lola launches B11/40 LMP2". Lolacars.com. Archived from the original on 18 September 2010. Retrieved 21 July 2010.