Lola and Dome go it alone

Lola Cars International in Huntingdon, UK, has confirmed that its two-year technical and commercial contract with Japanese racecar maker Dome Co will cease as scheduled at the end of 2004. The Lola-Dome F106 joint project, which has won 11 races this season, has inspired independent projects by both companies. Lola has started production of its own new B05/30 chassis for 2005 and claims that it will be the most technically advanced F3 car ever built

Lola and Dome go it alone

Lola chairman Martin Birrane commented: "Our combined expertise has enabled us to enter and succeed in a discipline which is competitive and technically challenging. These are two requisites that suit both Lola and Dome perfectly and we're extremely proud to have taken on the challenge with such a professional partner. I would like to think that both companies are now more enriched for this positive experience and we can now both look forward to a renewed attack with new chassis for the new regulations."

Lola MD Rupert Manwaring added: "The partnership between ourselves and Dome was very satisfying in that we started out together with an enormous challenge to win in what is, apart from F1, the most competitive multi-chassis single-seater series in the world. We did that, and the partnership worked well and ran its full length with both sides learning a great deal from the development.

"There is a real confidence around the factory about what the new car will be capable of and we believe that it will take us to the next step in providing a car that will enjoy a clear advantage throughout the next three years."

The new B05/30 has completed its design process featuring Lola's on-site 50 percent scale wind tunnel and its CFD capability. Lola says that it will have improved handling and downforce in low-speed corners, revised front suspension geometry and a repackaged transmission. It will offer three configurations of suspension layout (monoshock, twin-shock and a third-spring option), all developed on the company's seven-post vehicle dynamic test rig.

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