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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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92 news items

Sports Car Digest

Sports Car Digest
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 06:17:28 -0800

For three-time former series title holder Smith, 73, from Auckland, it was a new category lap record and his third round clean-sweep of the season driving his Lola T332. For southern man Ross, a relative youngster compared with Smith at just 58 years ...

Sports Car Digest

Sports Car Digest
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:15:00 -0800

Not that it bothered Tom Tweedie who was again the fastest man on track, from Proctor and – this time – Paul Zazryn (despite a spin) with Russell Greer's Lola T332 back after a late morning race dnf to finish a weekend-best fourth with Steve Ross fifth ...


Mon, 16 Feb 2015 08:48:13 -0800

In the end, he contented himself with bullying the thunderous Formula 5000 field, winning all three races in his bright red Lola T332. In the first race yesterday he was usurped off the start when he engaged third gear instead of second and series ...
New Zealand Herald
Thu, 15 Jan 2015 08:02:13 -0800

Early season pace-setter Clark Proctor (March 73A/1) and three-time champion Ken Smith (Lola T332) look set to star in the MSC F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series races at the two Gulf Oil Howden Ganley F5000 Festival motor racing meetings at Hampton ...

Northern News

Northern News
Mon, 09 Feb 2015 15:11:14 -0800

He had a serious prang at Manfeild when he hit the pit wall at high speed in 2011 in his beloved Formula 5000 car, the ex-Danny Ongais 1974 Lola T332. Smith will be back in it for the final F5000 round at Manfeild, likely to to win all three races off ...
New Zealand Herald
Sun, 18 Jan 2015 12:37:37 -0800

Series super-vet Ken Smith, driving a Lola T332 went on to complete a clean-sweep of the three MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series races at the first Gulf Oil Howden Ganley F5000 Festival historic motor racing meeting at Hampton Downs on Sunday ...
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:56:15 -0800

Queensland-based Allison along with Kevin Bartlett and Warwick Brown were invited along for the Gulf Oil Howden Ganley F5000 Festival, which comprised of back-to-back weekends at the north Waikato circuit. Allison handled Paul Zazryn's Lola T332 in ...


Wed, 15 Apr 2015 05:00:21 -0700

The winning driver was Brian Redman. The car was a Lola T332-Chevrolet entered by Haas Racing. The race? A then first-time Formula 5000 event in what was then a dumpy, rundown, city called Long Beach, Calif., and known as the Long Beach Grand Prix.

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