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Lola T332
Lola T332
Lola T332 at Mallory Park, October 2009.
Category Formula 5000
Constructor Lola Cars
Designer(s) Eric Broadley
Technical specifications[1]
Chassis Steel and aluminium monocoque with load-bearing engine-transmission assembly
Suspension (front) Independent, wishbones and inclined coil spring/shock absorber units
Suspension (rear) Independent, single top link, twin tower links and coil spring/shock absorber units
Axle track Front: 1,625 mm (64.0 in)
Rear: 1,625 mm (64.0 in)
Wheelbase 2,591 mm (102.0 in)
Engine mid-engine, longitudinally mounted, 4,940 cc (301.5 cu in), Chevrolet, 90° V8, NA
mid-engine, longitudinally mounted, 4,994 cc (304.8 cu in), Repco Holden, 90° V8, NA
Transmission Hewland DG300 Five-speed manual
Weight 665 kg (1,466 lb)
Competition history
Notable entrants Penske Motorsport
Carl Hass Racing
Team VDS
Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing
Notable drivers Australia Kevin Bartlett
Australia Warwick Brown
New Zealand Graeme Lawrence
Australia Alan Jones
United States Mario Andretti
United Kingdom David Hobbs
United Kingdom Brian Redman
Australia Johnnie Walker
Australia Vern Schuppan
United States Sam Posey
Debut 1973

The Lola T332 was a race car designed and built by Lola Cars for use in Formula 5000 racing and made its racing debut in 1973. The T332 was successful around the globe with race victories in places such as Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and the United States. The Lola commonly used the 5.0 L Chevrolet V8 engine, though some competitors in Australia and New Zealand used the slightly cheaper and less powerful Australian made 5.0 L Repco Holden V8.

The alloy/steel tub of the T332 followed standard Lola design practice with twin bulkheads and utilised a semi-stressed engine and transmission. Twin side radiators were mounted in front of the rear wheels which were located by upper and lower links and radius rods. Driven through a Hewland DG300 five-speed transmission, a Chevrolet powered T332 was once timed at 305 km/h (190 mph) at the now closed Ontario Motor Speedway in Ontario, California.

Australian driver Warwick Brown used a T332 to win the 1975 Tasman Series as well as the 1975 New Zealand Grand Prix. In doing so he became the only Australian driver to ever win the Tasman Series. New Zealand driver Ken Smith also used a Lola T332 to win the 1976 New Zealand Grand Prix. As a side note, both the 1975 and 1976 New Zealand Grand Prixs were held at Pukekohe Park Raceway.

During its competition life, the T332 also won the US Formula A/F5000 Championship in 1974 and 1975 driven by British driver Brian Redman, the British Formula 5000 Championship in 1974 driven by Formula One driver Bob Evans and the 1979 Australian Drivers' Championship when driven by South Australian Johnnie Walker who also won the 1979 Australian Grand Prix in his T332. Walker also used a T332 to finish second in the 1975 Australian Drivers' Championship.


  • Wilson, Stewart (1986). The Official 50 Race History of the Australian Grand Prix. R&T Publishing. pp. 430–432. ISBN 0-9588464-0-5. 

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Thu, 07 Apr 2016 09:47:17 -0700

For Long Beach, he raced a Lola T332 sponsored by Evel Knievel (whose famous star-spangled overalls he emulated, LEFT), with the famed motorcycle stuntman in attendance for the event. EFR finished fifth in the opening heat race, behind winner Tony ...


Thu, 31 Mar 2016 08:22:30 -0700

“That was the first race for my Lola T332 in 20 Mule Team Borax colors,” Redman recalled. “The Long Beach race had a massive turnout, with a number of Formula One drivers. I remember in the race I was lying fourth. Mario was leading, then Tony Brise ...
Sun, 13 Mar 2016 11:33:45 -0700

There was no fairy tale finish for Kiwi supervet Ken Smith (Lola T332) in the MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series races on the second day of competition at the annual VHRR Phillip Island Classic motor racing meeting in Australia today. Smith ended ...

Sports Car Digest

Sports Car Digest
Tue, 18 Aug 2015 07:45:23 -0700

Zak Brown's Lola T332, in the hands of Richard Dean, won Sunday's Formula 5000 race at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion: when the last professional Formula 5000 race was held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca 40 years ago (October 12, 1975), ...
Sat, 12 Mar 2016 01:56:15 -0800

Tweedie, driving his family-owned ex Chris Craft/Tony Dean Chevron B24, qualified comfortably quickest on Friday but Smith (ex Danny Ongais Lola T332) beat him off the line and for the first lap in the first (6-lap) race this morning before crossing ...


Mon, 24 Aug 2015 11:20:35 -0700

At this year's edition of the Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the Ford Shelby Mustang GT350, turning 50 years old, took center stage, while further highlights included special races for Formula One and Formula 5000 racers.
Monterey County Herald
Sun, 16 Aug 2015 20:11:15 -0700

... • Carmel Valley's Paddins Dowling won both morning and afternoon races in Group 1B cars featuring 1927-1951 racing cars. • Cameron Healy of Portland, Oregon drove a 1953 Porsche Cooper Pooper and won both races in Group 2B highlighting ...

Monterey County Herald

Monterey County Herald
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 19:11:34 -0700

Steve Davis of Carmel is driving Sacramento's Todd Reiners' 1974 Lola T332. Reiners bought the car in 1998 from Scott Catell of Sebastopol. “I bought the car because Scott said he wouldn't be able to finish it because he was losing his eyesight ...

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