A street-legal F1 car? Eric Broadley, with backing from MasterCard, founded the Lola F1 team back in 1997. It sounds unfamiliar because the Lola T97/30 F1 car failed to qualify for its debut Grand Prix in Australia, a whopping 13 seconds off the pace. By it’s second Grand Prix in Brazil, MasterCard had withdrawn as the team’s sponsor. Lola withdrew from F1 with a large debt.
Fortunately, some good came from the disaster that was the Lola F1 team, the F1R prototype. Apparently, it’s the result of a bet the Lola engineers had; can you make a road-legal F1 car? Yes, with some alterations.
Needing an increased ride height, it was brought up to 1.9 inches of ground clearance and is adjustable up to 2.9 inches. The F1R uses a 2.0-liter Cosworth four-cylinder and five-speed manual Porsche G50 transaxle. A turbocharged Ford RS Sierra engine delivers about 370 hp. In order to pass road safety inspections and truly be a street-legal F1, headlights, turn signals, and a handbrake were installed.
Other than these changes, other features on the F1R are found on any other F1 car. Composite tub, adjustable aero, inboard pushrod suspension, carbon brakes, FIA-spec nosecone, plus the ducting, body panels, and cooling kit are all included, being surplus parts from the original T70/30.
This is the only street-legal F1 car, currently being owned and registered in the UK. The current owner claims it’s “good in traffic,” not sure if we believe that.
The F1R is currently for sale, check out the listing here.