|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|
|Notable entrants||Larrousse Calmels|
|Notable drivers|| Yannick Dalmas
|Debut||1988 Brazilian Grand Prix|
The Lola LC88 was designed by Chris Murphy. A total of five LC88s were built. 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.
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
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 and competed in the 1989 Castle Combe Formula Libre Championship.
The car still holds the outright lap record at Lydden Hill Race Circuit.
Complete Formula One results
|1988||LC88||Ford Cosworth DFZ
* Point scored using the LC89.
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