Lola Cars International Ltd. was a British race car engineering company in operation from 1958 to 2012. The company was founded by Eric Broadley in Bromley, England (then in Kent, now part of Greater London), before moving to new premises in Slough, Buckinghamshire and finally Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, and endured for more than fifty years to become one of the oldest and largest manufacturers of racing cars in the world. Lola Cars started by building small front-engined sports cars, and branched out into Formula Junior cars before diversifying into a wider range of sporting vehicles. Lola was acquired by Martin Birrane in 1998 after the unsuccessful MasterCard Lola attempt at Formula One.
Various Group 5 and Group 6 sports cars including the T212 and T28x/29x/38x/39x series were built, competing with Chevron, March and others. Alain de Cadenet's Le Mans 'specials' tended to be based on Lola technology.
Lola (with rebodied Formula 5000 cars) dominated the CanAm sports car series when it was revived in the late 1970s, but many motorsport fans do not consider the single-seater Formula 5000-based cars from this era to be true sports cars, despite their full bodywork and enclosed wheel-wells.
|Solido 7160; Lola T280; 1972 24h Le Mans DNF; Bonnier & van Lennep; RN8||Solido 15; Lola T280; 1972 24h Le Mans DNF; de Fierlandt & Larrousse; RN7|
|Solido 606; Lola T280; 1973 24h Le Mans DNF; Rouveyran, Mons, Ethuin; RN61|
|MRE; Lola T296; 1978 24h Le Mans N/C; Elkoubi, Yver, Streiff; RN24||Bizarre BZ79; Lola T286; 1979 24h Le Mans 20th; Raymond, Phillips, Mallock; RN15|