Lola LC89

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Lola LC89
Lola LC89B
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Category Formula One
Constructor Lola Cars
Designer(s) Eric Broadley
Chris Murphy
Predecessor Lola LC88
Successor Lola LC90
Technical specifications[1][2]
Chassis Carbon fibre monocoque
Suspension (front) Double wishbones, pushrod, twin spring / dampers
Suspension (rear) Double wishbones, pushrod, twin spring / dampers
Engine Lamborghini 3512, 3,493 cc (213.2 cu in), 80° V12, NA, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
Transmission Lola 6-speed manual
Fuel BP
Tyres Goodyear
Competition history
Notable entrants Larrousse Calmels
Equipe Larrousse
Notable drivers 29. France Yannick Dalmas
29. France Éric Bernard
29. Italy Michele Alboreto
30. France Philippe Alliot
30. Japan Aguri Suzuki
Debut 1989 Monaco Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles Fastest laps
16 0 0 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Lola LC89 was a Formula One car designed by Lola founder Eric Broadley for use in the 1989 Formula One season by the Larrousse team. It was powered by the 3.5L Lamborghini 3512 V12 engine designed by former Ferrari designer Mauro Forghieri. The car was generally regarded by most in the F1 paddock as the best handling car of 1989. Drivers of the car included Philippe Alliot, Aguri Suzuki and Michele Alboreto.

The LC89, with its Lamborghini V12 engine, made its debut in Round 3 at the 1989 Monaco Grand Prix. Unfortunately, while the aerodynamics were good and the chassis was on the pace (the LC89 was generally regarded as being possibly the best chassis of 1989),[citation needed] the Lamborghini V12 engine, considered by many in F1 to be the best sounding engine of the new non-turbo era, proved to be generally unreliable, despite its reported 600 bhp (447 kW; 608 PS). The car and engine combination would only score 1 point in its racing life with Alliot finishing in 6th place at the 1989 Spanish Grand Prix. Indeed, five time Grand Prix winner Alboreto failed to pre-qualify the car twice (Spain and Australia) and failed to qualify once (Japan) in his eight drives for the team in 1989. Alboreto also suffered a broken rib driving the car when he ran over a high curb during the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The LC89 was updated and used for the first two races of 1990, being dubbed the LC89B. The car was replaced by the Lola LC90 from the 1990 San Marino Grand Prix.


Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Team/Chassis Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pts. WCC
1989 Larrousse
LC89
Lamborghini 3512
V12
G BRA SMR MON MEX USA CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR ESP JPN AUS 1 16th
Yannick Dalmas DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Éric Bernard 11 Ret
Michele Alboreto Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 DNPQ DNQ DNPQ
Philippe Alliot Ret NC Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret DNPQ 16 Ret 9 6 Ret Ret
1990 Larrousse
LC89B
Lamborghini 3512
V12
G USA BRA SMR MON CAN MEX FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR ESP JPN AUS 11* 6th
Éric Bernard 8 Ret
Aguri Suzuki Ret Ret

* All 1990 points scored using Lola LC90

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