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Lola T-506 Virage (Malibu Grand Prix Cart (Price drop $1995) - $2,395

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New Cuyuna 460F 35 twin cylinder 2 stroke motor with > 150 psi compression. Motor is from crashed ultralight with 4 hours on it. Motor has been started, and runs. New tires. New brake pads. New Volkswagen master cylinder. New cheap seat, seat cover, and 5 point (non-FIM) cam seat belts. Fresh "garage" paint. 2 new drive belts. ZDE road race kit for motor with larger pipe, and big carb (these parts aren't fitted).

Stalled out d/t lack of end point. Car needs brakes sorted (dragging, and one wheel cylinder is leaking (plugged)(available). Needs fuel tank (fuel cell? once again application), and fuel pump (Aviation motor, so lighting coil is present for battery charging, so electric fuel pump with battery can be run versus vacuum pump.) It would need rain light, and brake light depending on use, again. Needs battery cut-off/ kill switch (application again).
Would need final carb tuning for idle, and jetting.

I rescued the stripped down car off the brick support wall of a man cave, where it had been hanging until tires rotted off. The owner had many of the parts, but had lost the gas tank. But he had a brand new motor from crashed airplane.

I got the motor mounted, started, put new belt on it, checked tongue drive, new brake cylinder, and got the brakes working, but can't finish the car. (Autocross, Vintage, Regional SCCA in run group with Formula V's, track play day car, or kid/wife/friends/corp. exe. go-cart (Come out to the track, and you can drive my Lola.) IE: How will you use the car? One buyer wanted to hang it on the wall again?

Lola, after a long racing history, went out of business 4 years ago, so car is very collectible. Some collectors are scrambling to add a Lola to their stables.
The car is historically, vintage interesting.
The T-506 used "ride flat" technology. The front end is double torsion bar suspension with long radius tubes for less camber change during loading, and loaded tirestransfers load to unloaded tire. Uses "three" coil-overs. Better, and more popular design for series, but also less rare than double A-frames.
The rear end is more innovative (for Lola's credit) with a boxed tube frame for motor, torgue drive, and rear end as a unsprung weight on a separate suspension system which allows the rear wheels to pivot slightly under load, and dramatically decreasing turning radius. (These designs were declared illegal with SCCA ruling that each tire had to have its own suspension. The idea of a car with a pivot point in the center seemed unsafe. It wasn't unsafe, but an advantage. The cars were used on tight public rental tracks throughout the country. RACING.)
The current Formula ! cars are supposed to use this rear end wheel turning/pivoting technology, but it is through sway bar adjustments.

The wing also deserves special mention. It was supposedly created by same people that made wings for Formula 1 at the time, and it is a thing of beauty in a age of plastic injection molding. (Shiny)

According to club racers of these cars, the Lola Virage was slower on the straights than period Formula Fords, but much faster on the corners d/t "ride flat" suspension which only worked d/t massive tires (8" and 10" slicks-- the steam roller tires on Formula cars in the late 70-80's)
Some of the Lola's racers used twin cylinder little Wankel rotaries, but the Cuyuna was also used. The HP was supposed to be Volkswagen level (44 HP), but more performance was there. (carb and pipe)
I'm thinking 100 mph top end based on 70 mph for 28 HP Grand Prix de-tuned cars.
The series was Formula 7/10, because the cars were 7/10's the size of regular Formula 1 cars at the time.

Supposedly the double A frame version of this car is selling for $20K, but these torsion tubed cars are much less d/t fact that many were made d/t Malibu Grand Prix. (Popularity vs. rarity.)
The lat one I saw for sale was as a roller for $3200.
I'm offering mine for Garage sale clean out price of $2395. No scammers please.

I will also add some people are using the Harbor Freight Predator 28 HP V-twin engine, but adding a hop-up Mikuni carb with megaphone (non-governed) for same 44 HP, but probably more weight. You get electric start, but once again application (play day versus vintage racing versus peak performance).

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