United Autosports will make its 24 Hours of Le Mans debut next year in the LMP2 class, having confirmed that it has purchased a Ligier JS P217 for its auto-invite to the French endurance classic.
The Anglo-American squad, meanwhile, is evaluating a full-season European Le Mans Series effort with the LMP2 car, in addition to an expected returning multi-car program in LMP3.
The team’s Le Mans auto invite came courtesy of winning the 2016 ELMS LMP3 title with drivers Mike Guasch, Alex Brundle and Christian England.
Its driver lineup for Le Mans has yet to be announced.
“It will be great for Zak [Brown] and I to bring United Autosports to the Le Mans 24 Hours,” said team owner and managing director Richard Dean.
“It is the most important endurance race in the world and to have our team among the grid will be a fantastic feeling.
“We have committed to our own Ligier JS P217 as it made perfect sense for the direction we want the team to go in. Now comes the task of putting our test program together and finding the perfect driver line up for the car.”
Zak Brown added: “We see it as great potential for the team and so we are working on getting a program together and will be testing drivers in the coming weeks and months.”
The team has already confirmed that Sean Rayhall, John Falb and Enzo Potolicchio will drive one of its Ligier JS P3s in the ELMS next year, with additional entries expected.