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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 Chevrolet
Repco-Holden
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. Commonly using the 5.0 L Chevrolet V8 engine, 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 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 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.

References[edit]

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

External links[edit]


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80 news items

Sports Car Digest

Sports Car Digest
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 06:08:54 -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 ...

Stuff.co.nz

Stuff.co.nz
Sun, 15 Feb 2015 15:01:19 -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 ...

Stuff.co.nz

Stuff.co.nz
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 06:47:41 -0800

Auckland veteran driver Kenny Smith driving his Lola T332 Formula 5000 car at Manfeild in 2013. He's ready to drive his 50th NZ Grand Prix. Porsche works driver Brendon Hartley is happy to applaud the little guy, Kenny Smith, for playing such a big ...

Otago Daily Times

New Zealand Herald
Tue, 17 Feb 2015 08:00:29 -0800

Super-veteran Ken Smith (Lola T332) and fellow MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Revival series fast man Steve Ross (McRae GM1) had reason to celebrate after the final round of the 2014/15 series at the New Zealand Grand Prix meeting at Feilding's Manfeild ...

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 ...

Speedcafe

Speedcafe
Tue, 10 Feb 2015 16:11:15 -0800

Joining Smith and Ross on the grid this weekend is a mix of long-time series regulars like Blenheim driver Russell Greer (behind the wheel of the ex Graeme Lawrence Lola T332), UK-based series regular Greg Thornton (Surtees TS11), Skope Classic ...

Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times
Fri, 13 Feb 2015 08:41:15 -0800

At the two F5000 Festival meetings at Hampton Downs last month, it was super-vet Ken Smith (Lola T332) who qualified quickest and claimed a clean sweep of all six of the races. However, with Tweedie only contesting the races in his home country, Smith ...
 
Voxy
Wed, 04 Feb 2015 13:45:00 -0800

Paul Zazryn and fellow Lola T332 drivers Russell Greer, local man Ian Clements and Sefton Gibb from Napier, are all quick, as are Lola T330 driver Brett Willis from Rotorua, and Talon MR1 drivers Aaron Burson and David Banks from Auckland.
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