The ex-André Lotterer, 2004 Formula Nippon runner-up,2003 Lola B03/51 Mugen Formula Nippon  Chassis no. HU21

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The ex-André Lotterer, 2004 Formula Nippon runner-up, 2003 Lola B03/51 Mugen Formula Nippon
Chassis no. HU21

Sold for US$ 75,000 inc. premium
The ex-André Lotterer, 2004 Formula Nippon runner-up
2003 Lola B03/51 Mugen Formula Nippon
Chassis no. HU21
Formula 3000's Japanese counterpart, known as Formula Nippon, reverted back to a one-make series after the bankruptcy of Reynard in 2002, prior to which it had been an open formula.

As of 2003 all Formula Nippon cars were Lola B03/50 chassis powered by the venerable Mugen-Honda MF 308 3-liter 8-cylinder powerplant. This formula remained in effect until 2006, when the B03/50 chassis were replaced by the Lola FN06 chassis.

The car offered here is a 2003 B03/51 chassis, which competed in the Formula Nippon series for three years, consequently being updated to 2005 specifications. This car was campaigned under the Nakajima Racing banner, sponsored by PIAA, and driven by the German André Lotterer. Lotterer has notably gone on to become a works Audi Sport driver, winning the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans and finishing 2nd for Audi in the 2010 classic.

This car, with Lotterer aboard, achieved great success in Formula Nippon. 2003 saw a pole position at Sugo and a tie for 4th in the championship points. In 2004, Lotterer was the runner up in the championship driving this car, achieving two outright wins, one at Motegi and the other at the only non-Japanese round of the championship, at Sepang in Malaysia. 2005 again saw a 4th place championship finish with wins at Fuji and Suzuka.

Subsequent to its active competition career, we are advised that the car was restored by Nakajima Racing in 2009, including an engine rebuild by noted tuner Ogawa. The car has since been tested at Suzuka and Motegi with no issues noted, and we are advised by the vendor that the car has fewer than 500 kilometers on it since restoration.

Having been driven to outright victories by a celebrated 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, this Lola has unquestioned provenance, and is presented fresh from a recent restoration, sure to provide incredible thrills and speed to its new pilot.

Offered on a Bill of Sale.

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The ex-André Lotterer, 2004 Formula Nippon runner-up,2003 Lola B03/51 Mugen Formula Nippon  Chassis no. HU21
The ex-André Lotterer, 2004 Formula Nippon runner-up,2003 Lola B03/51 Mugen Formula Nippon  Chassis no. HU21
The ex-André Lotterer, 2004 Formula Nippon runner-up,2003 Lola B03/51 Mugen Formula Nippon  Chassis no. HU21
The ex-André Lotterer, 2004 Formula Nippon runner-up,2003 Lola B03/51 Mugen Formula Nippon  Chassis no. HU21
The ex-André Lotterer, 2004 Formula Nippon runner-up,2003 Lola B03/51 Mugen Formula Nippon  Chassis no. HU21
The ex-André Lotterer, 2004 Formula Nippon runner-up,2003 Lola B03/51 Mugen Formula Nippon  Chassis no. HU21
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