Home built by Newman/Haas: 993 Lola-Ford Cosworth T93/00

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Newman/Haas Racing’s 1993 CART PPG Indycar World Series chassis.

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Nigel Mansell, one of the most consistent and exciting drivers to have ever raced in Formula 1, has developed his reputation with daring overtaking. By the early 1990s, he had finished second in the championship three times. It was only a matter of time before he took home the first prize in the sport. In 1992, Williams unleashed its dominant FW14B, which is very likely the most technologically advanced car to run in the Formula 1 World Championship up to that point. This incredible machine allowed Mansell to secure nine Grand Prix victories out of 17 events and, accordingly, the Drivers’ Championship. His teammate, Ricardo Patrice, finished in second place with half of the champion’s total points.

Having finally fulfilled his lifelong ambition, and with complete confidence in his abilities, Mansell made the decision to cross the Atlantic to test his abilities against the top open-wheel drivers of the United States. Signing with Championship-caliber Neumann/Haas Racing, his teammate will be none other than the legend himself, Mario Andretti. This was indeed a fateful encounter, and recalled Nigel’s early days on the Grand Prix circuit: in 1980, Mansell secured his first racing seat with Lotus after a promising run as a test driver. He was competing in three Grand Prix awards alongside Andretti and Elio de Angelis, with little success due to a lack of experience and reliability.

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Now, with over 10 years of experience in his back pocket, Mansell is ready to prove his abilities around ovals, road courses and street circuits in the PPG Indy Car World Series. In addition to sharing the garage with a legendary teammate, his all-season competition has included Al Honor Jr., Bobby Rahal, Ari Luyendyk, young Paul Tracy, and another former Formula One champion: Emerson Fittipaldi. As the season progressed, the Brazilian proved to be Mansell’s biggest opponent, leading to a number of memorable fights back on the track.

The Englishman hasn’t shied away from the drama, having suffered a devastating meltdown ahead of the second event at the one-mile oval race in Phoenix Arizona. The resulting back injury required surgery. To make matters worse, Mansell was denied the opportunity to run his first oval and gain crucial experience before attempting the Indianapolis 500. Despite this setback, Mansell raced the Indy 500. Near the end, while leading the race, he gave the yellow flag Fittipaldi and Luyendyk The opportunity to shut down on Mansell. Pressing their advantage to the end, the pair finished first and second, respectively, while Mansell took third.
Mansell had five wins, conquered the multi-discipline season with an average finish position of 6.2, and by the end of the season, Mansell had finished just eight points ahead of runner-up Fittipaldi. For the first time in the history of motorsports, a single driver has excelled as the undisputed world champion on open wheels.

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Lola T93 / 00

To a large extent the evolution of the successful T92 / 00 model, the T93 / 00 was distinguished by a number of aerodynamic and mechanical improvements over its predecessor. In the foreground, the central part of the front wing rose to meet an extended needle-like nose. Ford vehicles feature a unique engine specification that sits low, allowing for greater airflow. The car used an all-carbon fiber construction, with a single tub and double suspension attached to internal springs on all four corners. To meet the demands of different disciplines, a high-strength configuration has been provided for short ovals, road courses or street circuits. For superhighways, an alternate suspension geometry was used to widen the wheelbase, and lower intake wings worked to cut the air.

The year before, Neumann/Haas had successfully adopted the Ford XB engine in their Lola, with Michael Andretti taking five wins all season. In 1993, the twin-overhead-camshaft, turbocharged V-8 was the heart of the race car once again.

Red Five

The Lola T93/00, chassis 5, competed in seven races throughout the 1993 PPG Indy Car World Series. Starting with the first event of the year, the Australian FAI Indy Car Grand Prix at Surfers Paradise Street Circuit, Mansell demonstrated his skill level by securing bonus points with a first place and race win. An important result, he was the first Indy Car rookie to win his first race. The chassis was then used on the Miller Genuine Draft 200 on the Milwaukee Mile. The oldest working fast track in the world, this mile-long oval track with nine bank steps looks a lot like a scaled down Brickyard. After gaining much-needed experience in the 500-mile event, Nigel claimed his first oval win of the season.
The Chassis 5 will feature in the Budweiser/GI Go 200 competition at the Portland International Highway. Mansell earned first place in bonus points, and second place helped maintain the championship lead.

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The Molson Indy Toronto race proved to be Mansell’s toughest race of the weekend. In the pre-race courses, the Englishman had two crashes on the first turn, which significantly reduced his chances of success. After 60 laps in the midfield bog, a wastegate failure caused the first and only Chassis 5 retirement of the season.

Fortunes will change in the second 500-mile event of the season. The Marlboro 500 on the Michigan International Highway two miles was the fastest Indycar event at the time. The Neumann/Haas cars proved the best on the field, with Andretti taking the pole at 234.2 mph, followed by Mansell. Arie Luyendyk finished first in the second row, nearly four miles per hour on the front duo. Despite suffering split headaches, the grueling race resulted in Mansell’s first 500-mile victory and second oval win of the season. Andretti took the runner-up position, marking the only joint appearance of his teammates on the podium.

Starting with Paul Tracy in the Texaco/Havoline 200, Chassis 5 helped Mansell navigate the massive four-mile Rhode America circuit in Lake Elkhart, Wisconsin. The long track makes fuel management a key ingredient to success, and the Newman/Haas team has kept Mansell on a tight strategy. Unfortunately, he was unable to stand Tracy’s charge, and the Englishman settled for a respectable second place.

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The last event that entered the chassis 5 proved to be the most significant. The Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix at the Nazareth MotoGP will be the last oval event on the calendar, and Mansell’s sweep of the previous three events provided a great opportunity to secure the title. Starting in pole position, Nigel’s chances looked good, but as soon as he waved the green flag, Fittipaldi and Tracy sprinted forward, leaving Mansell for third place. As the race progressed, he struggled through traffic to regain the lead – and eventually the checkered flag.

Breaking into the victory track, the Englishman rejoiced, having achieved what no one had done before: at that moment he was the Formula 1 and IndyCar Grand Prix champion. Standing as a monument to this feat, the Newman/Haas Lola T93/00 is a very important racing machine that deserves a place in any collection with an emphasis on the open wheel.

This race car will be offered without reservation at RM Sotheby’s The House That Newman/Haas Racing Built Auction, which takes place October 29. See more and register to bid online at rmsothebys.com today.

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