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Drayson Shows Off New Lola Before Petit Debut

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On: Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 3:15PM | By: John Welch

Drayson Shows Off New Lola Before Petit Debut

As previously reported, the LMP-1 field at this years Petit Le Mans will be one of the best since the days of Group C. Today, Drayson Racing continued the influx of European hardware, showing off their spanking new Lola Coupe at Silverstone, in the UK.

Driven by Jamie Campbell-Walter, an ALMS regular, the stunning green Lola B09/60 ran flawlessly; not so much as a hiccup from it's Judd V10.

Team owner Paul Drayson, the UK’s Minister of Science and Innovation, will drive in the 1,000-mile/10-hour endurance classic with Jonny Cocker and Rob Bell on Saturday, September 26 at Road Atlanta.

“I can’t exaggerate the challenge that Drayson Racing has overcome in the last two months,” said team manager Dale White. “To bring it all together by building a complete, running car from bare tub to finished car in just 12 days is really remarkable. I am convinced there is no other combination that would have allowed us to do this other than the Lola coupe and Judd V10."

The combination of Lola chassis and Judd engine isn't that unusual in Europe, but on our shores the Lola is normally paired with AER engines. The Intersport Lola runs AER's twin turbo V8, while the Dyson Lolas are powered by Mazda MZR-derived AER turbo fours.

This adds one more exciting element to a race that may just cause my adrenal glands to implode. If the Aston-Martin Lolas show up, my entire vascular system might just cave in on itself, leaving nothing but a steaming, bubbling puddle of bile and teeth. Here's hoping!Aston Martin Lola Coupe

Source: American Le Mans Series, Mulsanne's Corner

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