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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:1974
Numbers built:1
Designed by:Bob Marston with Patrick Head and John Barnard for Lola
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:September 29, 2020
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Chassis: HU7
This one-off T294 was commissioned from Lola by European distributor Heini Mader for the Jolly Club Switzerland team. To get the lightest possible machine for hill climb racing, the team requested Lola to prepare a two-litre T294 to be fitted with a Cosworth DFV V8 engine. The actual engine was fitted at Heini Mader where the HU7 chassis plate was also fitted. This would place the car in the three-litre T28* sequence although Lola themselves later used the same number for a T286. Fielded for Manfredini, the unique DFV-engined T294 did not actual race the car in hill climbs but in Interserie races and the Kyalami round of the World Championship. Ahead of the 1975 season, it was fitted with a BMW four-cylinder engine. It was then raced by Hansmarkus Huber at the Hockenheim Interserie race and the Monza 1000 km in lieu of his delayed Lola T390.

The following year Charlie Simmer fielded the T294 more extensively with a second at the Zolder Intereserie round as the best result. Chassis HU7 was then sold to Walter Pedrazza, who crashed the car at Sternbeck, which brought its contemporary racing career to a close. The T294 came full circle when it was acquired by Heini Mader in 1992. He had former mechanic Pierre Straub restore the Lola with and with an eye on entering it in hill climb racing, it was fitted with a 2.5-litre Cosworth DFY engine. These plans fell through, and it was then displayed for 16 years in the Palexpo Museum.

When the museum closed down, there were two friends of Mader interested and it was eventually sold to Josef Maier. In 2016, the ex-Manfredini Lola was acquired by Mike Gensemeyer of Britec Motorsports. For one of his customers, it was then completely restored to its original configuration complete with a correct DFV engine. As per the original order requirements, the car is very light, requiring a 25 kg ballast to run in the three-litre class.


Chassis details
Manufactured in 1974
First owner Corrado Manfredini
Last known location German Historic Racer
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  Article Image gallery (15) HU7 Specifications