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  Lola T370 Cosworth

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:1974
Numbers built:3
Designed by:Eric Broadley for Lola
Successor:Hill GH1 Cosworth
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:November 28, 2013
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Click here to download printer friendly versionAfter two unsuccessful seasons as a Brabham driver, two-time World Champion Graham Hill struggled to find a top level drive for the 1973 season. Instead of settling for a second rate drive, Hill set up his own team with backing from Embassy cigarettes. In 1973 the team campaigned a single Shadow DN1 for Hill from the Spanish Grand Prix onwards. A ninth in the Belgium Grand Prix was the season's best result.

With a little more time to prepare, Hill commissioned Lola to design and build a brand new Grand Prix car for his team. Dubbed the T370, this was a very conventional Cosworth-engined Formula 1 machine. Built around a sheet-aluminium monocoque chassis, it used the DFV V8 as a fully stressed member. The all-round independent suspension with outboard mounted springs and dampers also followed the norm. The rear brakes were mounted inboard.

An added benefit of switching to a bespoke car was that it allowed the Embassy Hill team to field a second car. This seat was filled at the start of the year by debutant Guy Edwards, who was a master of attracting sponsors to fund his racing efforts. Unfortunately, the Lola was no match for the top level cars, although it did prove very reliable. By finishing sixth at the Swedish Grand Prix, Hill did manage to score his team's first World Championship point of the season. German Rolf Stommelen replaced Edwards during the final four rounds of the season but with little success.

While readying an in-house developed replacement, initially known as the T371 and later renamed the Hill GH1, the existing T370s were pressed into service again for the opening three races of the 1975 season. The Lola T370's career came to an inconspicuous end when Hill failed to qualify for the South African Grand Prix.

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