The Lola LC88 was a race car that the French team Larrousse Calmels entered in the 1988 Season of Formula 1. The car was fitted with a naturally aspirated Cosworth engine. The revised Lola LC88B was fitted with a Lamborghini engine and raced in the 1989 season.
Lola LC88 was manufactured by the British racing car manufacturer Lola Cars and it was developed on behalf of the Formula 1 team, Larrousse Calmels. The LC88 was largely more technical than it predecessor the LC87 which Lola based a junior series Formula 3000 car. The LC88 differed from the 87 car primarily by having a different front suspension, which is now used pushrods. Furthermore, the wheelbase was lengthened slightly.
An engine cover was not used constantly in the previous year, with most of the races having the engine open to the air. The car was powered by a Cosworth DFZ and this was mated to a six-speed gearbox from Hewland.
Lola made a total of five chassis, two of them were rebuilt in late 1988 for use with the Lamborghini engine to form the Lola LC88B.
Appearances in 1988
1988 was the second season in which the French racing team Larrousse entered a car. Unlike the year before, they raced in 1988 continuously with two cars. The first vehicle was driven by Philippe Alliot, the second car was driven by Yannick Dalmas, however in the fall of 1988 the two drivers were replaced by Aguri Suzuki and Pierre-Henri Raphanel.
The car proved to be efficient but insufficient. Neither driver was able to finish a race and win a championship point. The best results with Dalmas beind the wheel. He gained two seventh places at the Monaco Grand Prix and the United States Grand Prix.
Due to the poor performance of the LC88 meant that the designer Ralph Bellamy, was fired by Lola.