Our UK based R&D facility is available to Lola customers looking to gain a competitive advantage in aerodynamics and flow physics. In addition to advanced vehicle simulation and testing, our state-of-the-art workshop facility is capable of supporting the design and development of racing chassis.
The 50%-scale moving ground plane wind tunnel boasts wind speeds of up to 65m/sec (145mph) to deliver an unprecedented service for reliability, accuracy and repeatability; bringing an outstanding correlation to performance for on-track, road or aerospace design.
The Lola Technical Centre facilities are complimented by a fully secure control room with complete model making facilities. Automated model controls allow a wide range of pitch, roll and yaw-attitudes to be evaluated. A ground floor seven-post vehicle dynamic test rig delivers an additional research and development service for both commercial and competition cars.
50% MAXIMUM MODEL SCALE (FOR OPEN WHEEL)
600MM MAXIMUM MODEL ELEVATION
145MPH MAXIMUM WIND SPEED
80MPS MAXIMUM ROAD SPEED
<0.08% TURBULENCE INTENSITY
20° (70°F) AVERAGE WIND TEMPERATURE
1° WIND TEMPERATURE STABILITY (NOMINALLY)
14 °C ROLLING ROAD TEMPERATURE (NOMINALLY)
Test section configuration2.70 metres wide x 2.47 metres high
Diffuser configuration7:1 contraction ratio
Fan configuration Lola-designed and built 5-blade carbon composite unit Main fan drive motor650kW (872hp)
Overhead balance6-component unit with accuracy >0.04% of range
Model attitude controlPitch, heave, roll, yaw, wheel steering
Rolling road area2.0 metres wide x 4.0 metres long
Rolling road motor200 kW (268hp)
Rolling road yaw angle±10º
Rolling road sensors4 pressure and 4 temperature