Lola THL2

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Lola THL2
Category Formula One
Constructor Team Haas (USA) Ltd.
Designer(s) Neil Oatley (Technical Director)
John Baldwin (Chief designer)
Ross Brawn (Aerodynamics)
Predecessor THL1
Technical specifications[1]
Chassis Carbon fibre with aluminium honeycomb monocoque
Suspension (front) Double wishbones, push-rod and rocker actuated coil springs over dampers, anti-roll bar
Suspension (rear) Double wishbones, push-rod and rocker actuated coil springs over dampers, anti-roll bar
Axle track Front: 1,803 mm (71.0 in)
Rear: 1,625 mm (64.0 in)
Wheelbase 2,794 mm (110.0 in)
Engine Ford TEC, 1,497 cc (91.4 cu in), 120° V6, twin turbocharged, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
Transmission Hewland / FORCE 6-speed manual
Weight 545 kg (1,202 lb)
Fuel BP
Tyres Goodyear
Competition history
Notable entrants Team Haas (USA) Ltd.
Notable drivers 15. Australia Alan Jones
16. France Patrick Tambay
16. United States Eddie Cheever
Debut 1986 San Marino Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles Fastest laps
14 0 0 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Lola THL2 was a Formula One racing car designed by Neil Oatley for FORCE and was used by Team Haas (USA) Ltd. during the 1986 Formula One season (one of the FORCE aerodynamicists who worked on the car during its countless hours of Wind tunnel testing was a young Ross Brawn). The car debuted at the 1986 San Marino Grand Prix and was driven by 1980 World Drivers' Champion Alan Jones from Australia, and his new team mate Patrick Tambay of France.

Jones, with 12 career wins in his first F1 career from 1975-81 (plus one race for Arrows in 1983), had been with the team since its debut at the 1985 Italian Grand Prix. Tambay joined after two seasons driving for the factory Renault team, and a season and a half with Ferrari before that. Tabmay had 3 Grand Prix wins to his credit, all for Ferrari in 1982 and 1983.

The car was an evolution of the Lola THL1 which used the Hart 415T Straight 4 turbo. When the THL2 appeared at Imola it was powered by the new Ford TEC, 120° V6 turbo which was rated at about 900 bhp (671 kW; 912 PS). Although it was an improvement in power over the 750 bhp (559 kW; 760 PS) Hart engine, the Ford unfortunately lagged behind other engines in F1 in 1986 such as the reported 1,300 bhp (969 kW; 1,318 PS) bhp that the Lotus Renault V6 turbo had and the 1,400 bhp (1,044 kW; 1,419 PS) of the turbocharged 4cyl BMW engine. This led to a frustrating season for both Jones and Tambay as the THL2 was generally regarded to be the best handling car of the season. Jones and Tambay were reported to have continually asked engine designer Keith Duckworth of Cosworth to build special qualifying engines with more power like Renault, BMW and Honda were doing in order to be able to qualify the car further up the grid, but the requests were turned down. Duckworth, Ford and Cosworth all believed that their proven reliability record would hold them in good stead against their sometimes fragile opposition.

Jones only scored 4 points during the season and retired from F1 for good at season's end. Tambay only scored two points with 5th place in Austria. Tambay also departed F1 at season's end, as did the Lola Haas team following the withdrawal of their major sponsor Beatrice Foods. The THL2s best qualifying position was 6th by Tambay at the Hungaroring for the 1986 Hungarian Grand Prix where the tight nature of the circuit meant a good handling car was more important than outright power.

Like its predecessor, the car was called a Lola but its only connection to the famous Lola Cars was because of car owner Carl Haas's previous close association with Lola founder Eric Broadley, who was also named as chief engineer for the team in 1985.


Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Engine Driver Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WCC Pts.
1986 Team Haas (USA) Ltd. Ford TEC
V6 tc
G BRA ESP SMR MON BEL CAN DET FRA GBR GER HUN AUT ITA POR MEX AUS 8th 6
Alan Jones Ret Ret 11 10 Ret Ret Ret 9 Ret 4 6 Ret Ret Ret
Patrick Tambay Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 7 5 Ret NC Ret NC
Eddie Cheever Ret

References[edit]

  1. ^ "STATS F1 • Lola THL2". Statsf1.com. Retrieved 2010-08-23.