United Autosports has taken delivery of the first two brand-new Ligier JS P320s, having received the French-built prototypes at the Ligier Automotive factory in Magny-Cours last weekend.
The British squad has committed to six of the 2020-spec LMP3 cars, which will be used in the European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup next year.
The new-generation LMP3 machinery will also be permitted to compete in the French-based Ultimate Cup, while becoming eligible in the 2020-21 Asian Le Mans Series and the 2021 IMSA Prototype Challenge season, which United has earmarked for its foray into full-time U.S. racing.
While no longer being the UK distributor for Ligier, due to the team’s switch to Oreca LMP2 machinery, United Autosports has reaffirmed its commit to the French constructor in LMP3.
“The new Ligier JS P320 looks fantastic and I would like to congratulate the whole team at Ligier for developing the next generation of LMP3 cars,” said team co-owner and managing director Richard Dean.
“I am certain it will turn out to be as successful as the Ligier JS P3.
“We have started our own development work immediately with the car going straight to a seven-post rig test.
“We are pleased to continue our hugely successful relationship with Ligier into a fifth year by committing to the new generation LMP3 car.
“The Ligier JS P3 served us very well in the first four years so I’m hopeful that will continue into the second generation of LMP3 cars.”