New Lola sportscar given thumbs-up

The new Lola sportscar has been given the thumbs-up following initial shakedowns

New Lola sportscar given thumbs-up

The revolutionary B2K/10, to be raced this year by Team Rafanelli, undertook an intensive two-day test at Valencia.

Ex-Formula 1 driver Pierluigi Martini, Mimmo Schiatarella and Didier de Radigues drove the racecar.

A Lola spokesman said: "The results are very impressive and we are extremely satisfied with the performance of the new Lola, which is a significant improvement over the old car.

"We have a bit of work yet to do, but you have to expect that with a new car. Overall, we are very happy."

Team Rafanelli will debut its 4.0-litre Judd V10-powered Lola at the first round of the American Le Mans Series at Sebring circuit on 18 March.

The new B2K/10 is 33 per cent more aerodynamically efficient than its predecessor - the B98/10 - while cooling airflow has been increased three fold and pitch stability improved by a factor of four.

Engine breathing has also been improved with repositioned air intakes.

Further improvements include a stronger gearbox, designed for greater longevity at the same time as being capable of handling higher engine torque figures.

The engine is mounted even lower in the car for improved handling and the new model should also be easier to service in the heat of a race.

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