At the age of 88 years died the F1 designer and founder of Lola Eric Broadley, reports AUTOSPORT.com.
In 1958, in Huntingdon Eric founded the design firm Lola Cars, which has been developing sports and racing cars. In the same year for £ 2,000 of savings in the workshop of West Byfleet was created the first model of the Lola Mk1.
In 1962 Lola Mk4 with his debut in F1 with a team Bowmaker-Yeoman, where John Sertis finished second at the Grand Prix of great Britain and Germany. Lola has been involved in design projects F1 over the next 35 years, but its cars did not resign neither one victory.
On the other hand, Lola has helped to win Honda its first race in F1 in 1967 Honda RA300, which is constructed by design, Lola, celebrated the victory at the Italian Grand Prix that year. This version of the machine was nicknamed the “Hondola”.
Lola suffered serious financial losses after an ill-conceived decision to return to F1 with MasterCard in 1997, after which the brand was purchased by the Martin Berran.
Lola had achieved great success on American race tracks: in 1966, at the Lola T90 Red Ball Special Graham hill has won the “Indianapolis 500”, and in 1978, al Unser Sr. won the triple 500-mile crown, celebrating the victory at Indy, Pocono and Ontario at the Lola T500.
Mario Andretti, Bobby Rahal, al Unser Jr., Cristiano Da Matta, Nigel Mansell, Paul Tracy and Michael Andretti won Championships in CART and ChampCar Lola chassis, and in 1990 Ari Luyendyk brought to the constructor of a third victory in the “Indy 500”.
In the years Lola has worked with world-renowned engineers Tony Southgate, John Barnard, Bob Marston, Patrick head, Ralph Bellamy, mark Williams, Ben Bowlby and Julian Soule.
After Lola Broadley was involved in many projects, but mostly he enjoyed a peaceful life on his farm in the village of Broughton near Huntingdon. Anyone who ever worked with Eric, remembered him as a man who adored the business.
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