1970 Lola T222SOLD

Can-Am Convertible

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1970 Lola T220 - T222 Can-Am VIN: HU220-02 The Can-Am Challenge Cup was a lawless arena for the world's most free-thinking racecar designers. The cars they created were massively powerful and shatteringly fast. Capable of speeds higher than the F1 cars of the day, they were the quickest road racing cars the world had ever seen. In 1966 Lola won the first championship, but the bright orange cars of Team McLaren swept the next three years. For the 1970 Season, Lola founder, Eric Broadley, and chief designer, Bob Marston, began work on a completely new car. The result was the dramatically rakish T220. Sharing little with the preceding T70 and T160, it had a full-length aluminum monocoque, and was constructed to handle 700 horsepower from the 465, 489, and 494 cubic inch, big-block, aluminum Chevrolet V8 engines that would be shoehorned into its sleek body. The stylish and quick American driver, Peter Revson, was the pilot of the factory backed L&M-sponsored T220 entered in the 1970 Can-Am by Lola's importer, Carl Haas and stockbroker, Boyd Jefferies. With Revson at the wheel, Lola posed a consistent threat to the Can-Am dominating McLarens. For example, Revson started from the front row at Elkhart Lake, and confidently lead the McLarens. That was until a tire failure occurred, ending his race. Tire failures were common in Can-Am since these ferocious racecars where testing the boundaries of just about every automotive technology with their speed and brute power. Another tire failure occurred the following month at Road Atlanta, just after Revson had turned the fastest lap of the race, while in the lead. This tire failure resulted in a crash, seriously damaging the car. Thankfully the sturdy monocoque saved Revson any real injury. To get ready for the next race at Donnebrooke, works mechanics Jim Chapman, George Pfaff and Dave Evans built an entirely new car from a bare T220 chassis in just five days. Even in that abbreviated timeframe they managed to address some of the shortcomings of the original design. The T220 had a relatively short wheelbase that measured just 88 inches. So in the interest of stabilizing the car at high speeds 10 inches were added at the front of the monocoque, bringing the wheelbase to 98 inches. The result of this update would eventually become known as the Lola T222. Revson reported an immediate improvement in handling and braking ability for the stretched wheelbase T220, HU220-2, which was in effect the prototype T222. At Donnebrooke he set the fastest lap and took pole position in the new car. It was an amazing accomplishment for such a fresh redesign. Revson went on to finish third overall. If not for a broken throttle return spring the McLarens would have finally met their match. For the 1970 Can-Am season the Lola T220 qualified in the top four in eight of the ten events entered, and finished on the podium at Donnybroke, Laguna Seca, and Mid-Ohio. Due to the early season problems the team would finish the season in 8th overall. In 1971 HU220-2 would go on to be raced by privateers until it was finally retired from professional racing in 1977. The retirement would not last long when interest in seeing these amazing cars back on the track peaked in the early 80's. From 1983 through 1987, the T220 would win over 10 historic Can-Am races, including the Monterey Historics in 1986. In 1987 the car would be retired once again, and sent overseas to become part of the esteemed Rosso Bianco Collection in Aschaffenburg, Germany. There it stayed until 2006 when it made a welcomed return to the United States. After sitting dormant for 20 years the mighty racecar was due for a complete restoration. Its new owner would immediately entrust its rebirth with Canepa. From August 2006 to August 2010 work proceeded on bringing the T220 back to its 1970 race-ready Can-Am condition. The goal was to return it to its final form as it sat on the starting grid at the final race at Riverside in November of 1970. A complete mechanical and cosmetic restoration ensued. The racecar was reduced to its component parts, and rebuilt component by component. The suspension, fuel injection, brakes, wiring, steering, gearbox, wheels, aluminum tub, and body were all expertly reconditioned. Every part, down to the smallest screw, received our focused attention. Engine master, Ed Pink, who has been building winning racing engines since 1946, rebuilt the monstrous aluminum Chevrolet-Chaparral big block to be even more powerful than its original 1970's glory. When it was ready, as with all the cars we work on, the historic Lola was reassembled with great care and attention to detail. In August of 2010, after 4 years, the finished T220 rolled out the door of Canepa into the sunlight. In our experience we have never seen another Can-Am car restored to this level. Since its restoration the Lola has only been shown at concours, and has not been raced. But don't let its silence fool you. This no-holds-barred racecar is ready melt asphalt and burst eardrums once again. Specifications: Weight: Dry, 1450 lbs Horsepower: 800 Engine: Aluminum Alloy Chevrolet, 494 cubic inches, by Chaparral Racing Engines. Kinsler fuel injection. Magnesium bell housing. Transmission: Hewland LG-600 5-speed transaxle Chassis: Aluminum alloy (L72 and NS4) monocoque. Bonded and riveted construction. Steel reinforced suspension mounting points. Dimensions: Wheelbase: 88", T220 configuration. 98", T222 configuration Track (Front) 58" Track (Rear) 60" Length 167" Width 85" Height 41" at top of wing Bodywork: Reinforced super-lite carbon filament epoxy (glass fiber) Brakes: Girling 12" x 1.1" vented discs wit light alloy four-pot calipers Wheels: Front &nbsp
Color: Red
Interior: Black Cloth
Body Type: Convertible
Engine: Chevrolet V8
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Drivetrain: Rear Wheel Drive
Options: AM/FM, Cloth Interior Surface

Reference Number 186140

as of 8/4/2012

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Car 1970 Lola T222
VIN HU220-02 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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