Lola F1 car modified for road use goes up for sale

Most motorsport fans could only dream of driving a genuine Formula 1 car. The opportunity to get behind the wheel is granted to only a select few, and even when former racers do come up for sale, most are without an engine or other key parts hidden away by secretive engineers.

So when a road-legal F1 car's offered at auction it's understandably of great interest. This 'F1 car' is the result of a wager that challenged designers and engineers at Lola to create a road car that looked just like the single-seater racers.

Lola Road Legal F1 Car
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Lola Road Legal F1 Car

Okay, so it's not a genuine F1 car, but it's about as close as you're ever likely to get. The project has taken nearly 15 years to complete and incorporates a number of race car and road car technologies.

The car was built upon the chassis of a 1996 Lola believed to be left over from the company's aborted F1 project.

A turbocharged 2.0-litre Cosworth engine has been used, which is fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox to give a true road car feel. The four-cylinder engine is tuned to make 370bhp, but the turbo pressure can be increased to add power should the driver desire.

Formula 1 cars run millimetres from the ground on glass-smooth tracks, so for road use this had to be changed. An adjustable suspension set-up was used offering between 50 and 75mm of ground clearance.

The wings fitted to the car are not purely aesthetic, as they have been designed to offer genuine downforce as speed increases.

The car will go under the hammer at Bonhams' December Sale at London Olympia next weekend with a guide price of £55,000 to £85,000.

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