Weekend Wallpaper: No. 27 Trina Solar/GNC Beverages/Motegi Racing/Dempsey Racing

By | June 3, 2012

No. 27 Trina Solar/GNC Beverages/Motegi Racing/Dempsey Racing Lola-Judd

Debuting at the ALMS stop at Laguna Seca, this is the #27 Trina Solar/GNC Beverages/Motegi Racing/Dempsey Racing Judd-powered Lola B12-80. Piloted by drivers Joe Foster, Patrick Dempsey, and Jonny Cocker. As Jonny Cocker has previous experience with Lola-Judd cars, he was also acting as coach for the team.

Expanding their efforts beyond Grand-Am (GT) and ALMS (PC), this is a new program for Dempsey Racing. In fact, the team took delivery of the P2 class racer roughly two weeks prior to Laguna. Build up, a quick shake down at Miller Motorsports Park, then off to Laguna Seca with a 3rd place qualifying and 4th place finish. Not too bad for a “test” race of six hours.

The Lola B12-80 is cost capped P2 Coupe for running in ALMS and LMS racing. The engine is based off a BMW S65 V8 4.0 Litre engine, heavily tweaked by the fine folks at Judd Engine Development. Overall, you’ll looking at a machine that produces over 450bhp and tips the scales at 900 kilograms (1,984 pounds). That’s I-better-know-what-I’m-doing power to weight ratio there.

Basically, Lola provides the chassis, bodywork, R&D + all the racing goodies – race exhaust, data loggers, suspension, electronics, etc. Judd provides the engine. And you put it all together. Kind of like the ultimate Lego set…

Word on the street is that Dempsey Racing will continue to develop this car for the rest of the ALMS season with a stated goal of returning to 24 hours of Le Mans in 2013.


Weekend Wallpaper is a weekly series featuring the auto photography of Mike Gillilan. You can see more of his work on Flickr

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