Lola finalises Formula Nippon contract

British racecar constructor Lola Cars International in Huntingdon has finalised its contract with Japan Racing Promotions, the organiser of the Formula Nippon series in Japan, to supply purpose-designed chassis for 2003 and subsequent seasons. From next year, Formula Nippon will be based on the new Lola B3/51 chassis, equipped with a Mugen Honda engine and Bridgestone tyres. Lola has supplied the 'spec' chassis for the FIA International F3000 series since 1996

Lola finalises Formula Nippon contract

Rick Gorne, Lola's international consultant, has been working in recent weeks with JRP director Katsu Homma to conclude the arrangements. Gorne said: "Lola has all the credentials required of a chassis manufacturer for this championship. Both JRP and Lola know that it is important for Formula Nippon to have a chassis of the very highest international technical standards. The new Lola 03/51 will fulfil this need."

Formula Nippon began in 1996 as the 'free-chassis' replacement for the All-Japan F3000 series, when the FIA championship became a 'spec' series. In 1996 and 1997, the teams ran Dome, Lola and Reynard chassis; in 1998 and 1999, G Force, Lola and Reynard; in 2000 and 2001, G Force and Reynard. In 2002, all the cars were built by the now defunct Reynard company, being 99, 2K or 01 chassis fitted with 3-litre Mugen V8 engines and Bridgestone tyres.

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