Onroak Automotive has confirmed the name of its 2017-spec LMP2 car as the Ligier JS P217, with wind tunnel testing already underway for the new-generation prototype that will debut in next year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.
The French constructor, under the direction of Nicolas Clémençon, has started wind tunnel testing with a 40 percent scale model of the car.
It comes following the initial design and development phase, in collaboration with EXA, the same company Onroak worked with on the design of the Ligier JS P3.
“The validation phase of the aerodynamics is always crucial in the design of a new sports prototype,” said chief designer and design office manager Clémençon.
“The CFD studies and the work in the wind tunnel complement each other very well and enable us to analyze the maximum amount of data thanks to which we can validate optimal solutions.
“We’re lucky to be working with EXA for the CFD phase and with the RUAG wind tunnel: their professionalism and the quality of their services are a guarantee of the efficiency and safety of our cars.”
The wind tunnel testing will continue until the production of full-scale components and on-track testing, which is expected to begin later in the summer.
Onroak, along with ORECA, Riley-Multimatic and Dallara, have been selected by the FIA, ACO and IMSA as the four approved LMP2 constructors for next year.