The sole example built and retained by Lola and entered throughout the 1981 F.I.A. Manufacturer’s / Driver’s Championship Season.
Lola constructed 12 examples of the T600 with chassis T600-HU3 being the sole example built with a four-Cam Cosworth / Ford engine. The other eleven examples were fitted with a variety of engines depending on customer requirement and requests. All but two other examples were fitted with 5-7 or 6.0-liter “push-rod” Chevrolet engines.
One example was fitted with a Turbocharged Porsche engine and another with a Turbocharged BMW engine. Neither was very successful and in the case of the Porsche-engined example, a Ford engine was soon substituted.
Chassis T600-HU3 was quite successful and earned Lola significant respect throughout the 1981 Season. Being one of the first true formula one inspired “ground effects” Sports-Prototypes its success was quite profound and led to a full revolution in race car designed. Most notably, Porsche gave up any further development of their all conquering space-frame 936 and instead built their own version of the T600 fitted with the previous season’s 2.65-liter twin-turbo flat-six.
With chassis T600-HU3, Lola revolutionized racing in a single season. For that one shining Summer, one car had it right. This unfair advantage would last only a year, with Porsche quickly emerging supreme once again.