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The 'world cup' car that outlasted its series

B05/52 was an uninspiring name for an all-action racer that would become a staple of single-seaters in the 2000s. We remember the Lola that formed the basis of no less than three different series in its lifespan

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To a sports fan, there's nothing more evocative than a world cup. Watching the brightest and best players from a nation combine their talents on an international stage creates the perfect storm of sporting fervour, where even the least patriotic spectator cannot help but feel the slightest frisson of excitement when their home nation progresses through the tournament.

But motorsport, thanks to its various disciplines and oft-clashing calendars, hasn't really had an equivalent. There was, however, one such attempt to pit the world's nations against each other in full-blooded racing competition - aiming to be motorsport's own world cup. Step forward, A1 Grand Prix.

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