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Ligier JS P2 Receives Homologation, Set for Le Mans Debut

Ligier JS P2 receives homologation, set for 24 Hours of Le Mans debut…

Photo: DPPI/Onroak Automotive

Photo: DPPI/Onroak Automotive

The new Ligier JS P2 is now set for its 24 Hours of Le Mans debut after concluding an extensive development program this week.

The Onroak Automotive-designed LMP2 car completed more than 5,000 miles over a 20-day test period with Olivier Pla and Alex Brundle as the designated development drivers.

Led by technical director Thierry Bouvet, the cost-capped prototype has been declared ready to race after receiving final homologation from the FIA last week.

“It’s a very good car that’s proved quick out of the box,” said Bouvet. “The last few weeks have been devoted to its development on the track, and we’ve worked very hard to stack all the odds in our favor. It’s the successful culmination of the whole team’s work to offer a car that’s fast and reliable.

“The Ligier JS P2’s first outing will be in the Le Mans 24 Hours, one of the most demanding endurance races in the world, and it’s out on the track battling against its rivals that we’ll see the true potential of this car express itself.”

The French-built prototype, which broke cover in February, is the first closed-cockpit design to come out Onroak’s design offices in Le Mans.

“My experience as development driver of the Ligier JS P2 has been a very enriching one,” Pla said. “Alex and I covered thousands of kilometers, did a lot of work and exchanged a great deal of information with the engineers and the Onroak Automotive design office. I enjoyed it very much.

“The JS P2 was quick out of the box, something which we felt from day one, and the outcome of the development work we did together is a very fast racing car. I hope that good results will reward the whole team in the very near future.”

Three Ligiers are expected to take part in next month’s twice-around-the-clock endurance classic.

Brundle and Nissan GT Academy drivers Jann Mardenborough and Mark Shulzhitskiy will share the wheel of OAK Racing’s No. 35 entry, while David Cheng, Ho-Pin Tung and Adderly Fong will make history with the first-ever all-Chinese driver lineup in OAK Racing Team Asia’s Honda-powered Ligier.

There will be an additional Ligier-Nissan on the grid in the hands of Thiriet by TDS Racing, which will see the car continue in the European Le Mans Series following the race.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Jack

    May 16, 2014 at 11:48 am

    i think this might be the fastest p2 on the straights, the old morgan was very quick on the straights and with the coupe version, which it appears to be just that, note the very similar rear end to the morgan, i think this will be very fast on the straights, which, if we see this in america, could be a threat to the dp’s at daytona. i think next season will be interesting with the honda and oreca p2, can’t wait for them all to show what they got

    • Bakkster

      May 16, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      If the coupes are 2MPH or so faster on the straights, it might be the answer to the BoP all along. Looking forward to seeing how it performs before I get all excited.

      • Evan

        May 16, 2014 at 11:15 pm

        2mph being the answer!? Bakkster, Surely you jest. I thought it was more like 5-7mph. I guess we’ll find out at Road America wont we? 8star is supposed to have one by then. RA is a power track tho, so I doubt we’ll see a P2 winning since they have something like 125-150hp less than a DP. I count something like 4 new P2 chassis coming out for 2015, hopefully some more DP teams change over or some new teams come aboard.

        • Kirk

          May 19, 2014 at 2:45 pm

          Of course there’s no reason to switch if the DP’s are perceived to still have an advantage at the end of the year.

  2. Anonymous

    May 16, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I hope we see this car in the states. I really want to see it alongside the new HPD. It would be an epic battle.

    • Travis

      May 17, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      Thats provided they get the BOP so P2s can actually compete without needing a special set of circumstances like a track favoring them and can compete equally but i doubt it. Enzo said he wasn’t happy with the current BOP so if there arent some changes you can forget seeing a Ligeir here.

  3. Charlie

    May 17, 2014 at 11:21 am

    All credit to OnRoak for this. while all the other cars have faced delay after delay, it seems that by saying from the start that they wont be at Silverstone and spa, They have been able to get on with their program and from the signals, we are all getting this is going to be quick car out of the box. Not only that but they will have built enough for customers too. I know oak planned for an LMP1-L program, and that failed, but surely its only a matter of time with professionalism like this.

  4. Jenner

    May 18, 2014 at 3:52 am

    Hope they’re testing with Continental tires over there or all that data they’re collecting will b useless here in the states.

    • 37

      May 18, 2014 at 4:33 am

      I hope all of the new coupes have,Jenner. Because we all know how continentals have worked so well with the current p2’s.

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