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  MG Lola EX257

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced from:2001 - 2004
Designed by:Julian Sole for Lola
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:September 08, 2008
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Click here to download printer friendly versionIn the following years teams like Dyson, Intersport and RML campaigned the MG Lolas, at times showcasing the machines' true potential. Particularly successful was the Dyson team, who campaigned a two-car team in the American Le Mans Season from 2003 to 2005. The twistier North American tracks and the shorter races clearly suited the nimble Lola. With the EX257 the small team managed to beat the mighty Audi R8s at least once every season. In Europe the RML team held up MG's honours, scoring several points finished in the newly established Le Mans Endurance Series. They also raced at Le Mans alongside the American Intersport team, but the demanding track again proved too much for the fast but fragile Lola to handle. In attempt to cure the reliability issues, Intersport fitted a Judd V8 engine, but it made little difference.

Rule changes left the EX257 / B01/60 pretty much obsolete in 2005, so it was no surprise that Lola launched a replacement for that season. Built to race in the new LMP2 class for privateers, the new B05/40 was no longer expect to fight for overall victory. One of the first customers was RML, who continued their relationship with MG and rehomologated their new racing car as the MG Lola EX264. Along with other Lola customers, they dominated the 'P2' class in Europe. Lolas clinched the Le Mans Series title three years running and won their class at Le Mans in 2005, 2006 and 2007. With several ALMS victories the MG Lola EX257 was a successful racer, although its achievements were overshadowed by its contemporaries and its replacement.

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