Lola LC88

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Lola LC88
Category Formula One
Constructor Lola Cars
Designer(s) Chris Murphy
Predecessor Lola LC87
Successor Lola LC89
Technical specifications
Chassis Carbon fibre monocoque
Engine 1988: Ford Cosworth DFZ, 3,494 cc (213.2 cu in), naturally aspirated 90° V8. Longitudinal, mid-mounted.
1989: Lamborghini 3512, 3,496 cc (213.3 cu in), naturally aspirated, 80° V12. Longitudinal, mid-mounted.
Transmission Hewland FGC 5 Speed
Weight 515kg
Fuel BP
Tyres Goodyear
Competition history
Notable entrants Larrousse Calmels
Notable drivers France Yannick Dalmas
Japan Aguri Suzuki
France Pierre-Henri Raphanel
France Philippe Alliot
Debut 1988 Brazilian Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
17 0 0 0

The Lola LC88 is a Formula One car that the Larrousse team used to compete in the 1988 Formula One season. It was powered by the Ford Cosworth DFZ engine.

Development[edit]

The Lola LC88 was designed by Chris Murphy. A total of five LC88s were built.[1] Two were later adapted to accommodate the 625 bhp (466 kW; 634 PS) Lamborghini V12 engine. These were designated LC88C and entered the first race of the 1989 Formula One season in Brazil, after which the replacement LC89 was completed.

Race history[edit]

Its strength was demonstrated during crashes by lead driver Philippe Alliot at the 1988 Monaco Grand Prix and a major accident in qualifying for the next race in Mexico. The car was damaged in the Monaco crash but was repaired in time for Mexico. In the Mexican incident, Alliot was exiting the 240 km/h (149 mph) Peraltada Curve onto the main straight, when he rode the outside curb. This pitched the car directly across the track and into the pit wall, before it tumbled back across the track and finally landed upside down on the grass opposite the pits. Alliot climbed straight out and was cleared to race the next day. The Larrousse team repaired the car in time for the race the next day, although Alliot failed to complete a lap and pulled into the pits at the end of the first with suspension failure.

Although generally acknowledged as one of the better handling F1 cars of 1988, the LC88 was not successful and failed to score any points.

After Formula One[edit]

English Formula Libre driver Rob Cox bought two of the LC88s at the end of the 1988 season. One he raced successfully winning the 1989 Design Fireplaces Single-Seater Championship[2] and competed in the 1989 Castle Combe Formula Libre Championship.

The other he sold on to Mike Stock of Stock Aitken Waterman pop record producing fame.

The car still holds the outright lap record at Lydden Hill Race Circuit.

Chassis number three was demonstrated at the opening of the Blyton Park driving centre in Lincolnshire in May 2011.[3]

One of the LC88Cs is on display at the Manoir Automobile car museum in Loheac, France.[4]


Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Chassis Engine(s) Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points WCC
1988 LC88 Ford Cosworth DFZ
V8
G BRA SMR MON MEX CAN DET FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR ESP JPN AUS 0 NC
Yannick Dalmas Ret 12 7 9 DNQ 7 13 13 19 9 Ret Ret Ret 11
Aguri Suzuki 16
Pierre-Henri Raphanel DNQ
Philippe Alliot Ret 17 Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret 14 Ret 12 9 Ret Ret 14 9 10
1989 LC88C Lamborghini 3512
V12
G BRA SMR MON MEX USA CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA EUR ESP JPN AUS 1* 15th
Yannick Dalmas DNQ
Philippe Alliot 12

* Point scored using the LC89.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lola Formula one cars chassis number". F1carstoday.net. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  2. ^ "History". Lola Heritage. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  3. ^ "BlytonPark's Channel". YouTube. 2011-03-23. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  4. ^ "Le Manoir de l'automobile et des métiers d'antan". Manoir-automobile.fr. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 

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