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The design by Peter Stevens, MG Rover Group design director, has been determined by using sophisticated aerodynamic techniques. Lola Cars international, MG rover's partner in the project, utilised a state-of-the art wind tunel to finalise the car's design characteristics. Lola Cars International is world renowned for race car design and development and won Le Mans in 2000.
Commenting, David Bowes. Lola Cars International managing director said: "This is the most technically advanced sportscar project Lola has ever managed and is our fourth sports racing car project. This is an all new car and I believe it will impress and suprise a lot of people."
Entry into Le Mans is one part of a wide motorsport programme the MG Rover Group is pursuing for the MG brand.
MG Rover Group director of product development, Rob Oldaker, said: "MG has a fine pedigree in motorsport and a return to Le Mans is an important step in developing the brand and company image. And there will be other MG motorsports projects in 2001 as well. The technical challenges of motorsport will be of great advantage to my team as we roll out new MG road cars over the next few years."
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Artist's impression gives first glimpse of 2001 Le Mans challenger
Lola Cars International reveals today the first image of its exciting Le Mans 24-Hours challenger for 2001. The MG Lola, designed in-house by a dedicated team of sportscar specialists, is due to have its shakedown test in March next year before heading off to France for testing at the famous circuit.
The 2001 Le Mans will mark MG's return to international motor racing. The marque was last officially represented at the French classic in 1965 when a lone MGB finished second in class.
Le Mans is the ultimate challenge in sportscar racing and Lola excelled in the event this year. A new B2K/40 SR2 car, entered in the LMP675 category and run by a team making its debut at the race, defied the odds at one of the hottest races in recent memory to win ! the class.
The experience gleaned from that win, coupled with information learned from a season's racing with the company's radical top-category B2K/10 SR1 sportscar, has been put to good use in the design of the all-new MG Lola Le Mans entry. The car will be powered by a new AER-developed two-litre turbo-charged MG Rover engine.
David Bowes, Lola Cars International's Managing Director, states: "This is the most technically advanced sportscar Lola has ever designed and built.
"It is the fourth sports racing car we have designed in the last two years and although we've learned an awful lot from the first three, including winning our class at Le Mans in 2000, this one will be completely new. I believe when it hits the track it will impress and surprise a lot of people."
The MG Lola Le Mans car is the first MG motorsport project since the Rover Group was bought by the Phoenix Consortium, whic! h included Lola, this year, and there are other racing plans in the pipeline.
Rob Oldaker, MG Rover Group director of product development, says: "MG has a fine pedigree in motorsport and a return to Le Mans is an important step in developing the brand. There will be other MG motorsports projects in 2001 as well.
"The technical challenges of motorsport will be of great advantage to my team as we roll out new MG road cars over the next few years."