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  Lola T280 Cosworth
 

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:1972
Numbers built:5
Internal name:T280
Designed by:Eric Broadley with John Barnard and Patrick Head for Lola
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:May 01, 2012
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Chassis: HU5
Built up late in 1972, chassis HU5 served as a replacement for the car tragically crashed by Jo Bonnier at Le Mans earlier in the year. The new car was ready in time for the Paris 1000 km at Montlhéry. It as driven to a debut victory by Gérard Larrousse and Jean-Pierre Beltoise. Chassis HU5 was then entered for the Kyalami for Jean-Louis Lafosse. Unfortunately, a heavy accident in practice meant that the car could not start the race. It was not rebuilt in period as Lafosse switched to the newer T282 from the start of the 1973 season. Eventually, both the T282 and the wrecked HU5 were acquired by Belgian collector Jean Blaton, who raced under the pseudonym 'Beurlys'. Blaton looked at rebuilding and racing the earlier T280 but instead of restoring the damaged remains had Chris Fox built up a new and stronger honeycomb aluminium monocoque. The crashed chassis was kept by Fox, and, long after Blaton sold his T282 and the honeycomb monocoque car, he set about restoring the car. While most of the sheet aluminium had to be replaced, the bulkheads could be used once again. Having served as a source of spare components, the rebuilt HU5 features new suspension components and body. Liveried in the colours used by Lafosse at Kyalami, it was first raced again at the 2019 Espiritu de Montjuic.

Chassis details
Manufactured in 1972
First owner Marianne Bonnier
Last known location British Historic Racer
Appearances

2019 Spa Classic 2019 Spa Classic 2019 Spa Classic 2019 Spa Classic
2019 Spa Classic 2019 Spa Classic 2019 Spa Classic 2019 Spa Classic
2019 Spa Classic 2019 Spa Classic 2019 Spa Classic 2019 Espiritu de Montjuic
2019 Espiritu de Montjuic 2019 Espiritu de Montjuic 2019 Espiritu de Montjuic 2019 Espiritu de Montjuic
2019 Espiritu de Montjuic 2019 Espiritu de Montjuic

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