24 June 2004 | Sam Fortescue
UK-based racing car maker Lola is confident that a robust supply chain will help its new 200-miles per hour-plus cars for an Asian grand prix series to run well in difficult conditions.
Lola, which also makes cars for the Formula 3000 and American Champ Car series, said more than 30 cars will be needed for the first race of the A1 GP series, which is scheduled for September 2005.
Colin Whittamore, Lola production manager, told SM: "We are quite used to doing new cars in batches of 30-plus.
"It is an exciting project and once the design is done, it is down to the usual manufacturing process. We have a robust supply chain going back 30-40 years."
He said suppliers needed to make minor tweaks to previous designs to allow the cars to perform in the hot, dusty conditions of the Middle East and Asia.
A spokesman for the Department of Transport and Industry said the Lola contract was good for the UK motorsport industry.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for Lola Cars and it has also helped to open new markets and contract opportunities for UK companies. Lola's success will encourage others to exploit them."