|Category||Sports racing car|
|Designer(s)|| Eric Broadley (chassis)|
Maurice Gomm (coachwork)
|Chassis||Steel or Fiberglass tubular spaceframe|
|Suspension (front)||Double wishbones|
|Suspension (rear)||Double wishbones|
|Length||132 in (3,352.8 mm)|
|Axle track||48 in (1,219.2 mm) (Front)|
47.5 in (1,206.5 mm) (Rear)
|Wheelbase||75–85 in (1,905.0–2,159.0 mm)|
|Engine||Coventry Climax FWA I-4 engine NA front-mounted|
|Transmission||Colotti Tipo 37 4 speed manual|
|Weight||812–840 lb (368.3–381.0 kg)|
|Notable entrants||Lola Racing Cars|
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