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Lola T70 Mk.II Spyder – Widescreen Gallery

Submitted by on May 5, 2017

By Marcel Hundscheid/Speed-O-Graphica

Take a few minutes to get to know Lola’s T70 Mk.II Spyder, with this widescreen gallery by Marcel Hundscheid of Speed-O-Graphica.

Designed by Eric Broadley in 1965 and built in Slough, England, the Lola T70 entered a sports car racing scene dominated by Porsche’s 917 and Ferrari’s 512M. The car, however, proved to be in a league of its own when it entered the Can-Am Championship in 1966 and today is an icon of the era.

The Mk. II Lola T70 took the stunning foundation that was the original car and further developed it. It lost weight thanks to more aluminium used in the chassis, with Broadley even using rivets instead of welds to push the weight savings. The car featured wider wheels, consolidated radiators with a large cooling unit in the nose and most featured a small block V8 for the powerplant.

Thanks to successful development of an already quick car, the T70 would go on to become the most successful variant of the icon. New Zealand’s Formula 1 World Champion Denny Hulme would pilot a T70 MK. II to eleven wins in Europe, while over in the States the T70 Mk. II would win the USSRC Championship for two years on the trot – 1966 and 1967.

The late great John Surtees would win the 1966 Can-Am Championship driving a T70 Mk. II, winning three races that year. Mark Donohue and Dan Gurney picked up a win each in a T70 Mk. II, giving the car 5 wins out of 6 races that year

The car pictured here is chassis SL71/30, built in 1966. Scroll on and enjoy the images, thanks to Marcel Hundscheid of Speed-O-Graphica.

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