Ligier goes back to its roots with new model
It has arrived. The Ligier JS2 R, R as in Revival or R as in Racing according to Ligier has been unveiled at the recent Paris Motor Show. While taking its inspiration from the Ligier JS2 that finished second in the 1975 Le Mans 24 Hours, the JS2 R is not a series production car adapted for driving on a track, but a real racing car as the company is at pains to point out. Easy-to-drive, fast and reliable, its aim is to offer all enthusiasts a car to have some fun on a track.
Weighing 980 kg, it is powered by a Ford V6 3.7 litre engine producing 330 horsepower. Other items include a 100 litre fuel tank, Brembo brakes, centrifugal clutch, adjustable dampers, steering wheel paddle shift and a heated windscreen.
With low running costs, long gaps between revisions and easy mechanical maintenance, the Ligier JS2 R has been designed to provide endless hours of pleasure behind the wheel. It can be homologated in the FIA Free Formula Sports Cars (Group E) category and is equipped with cutting-edge safety equipment. Ligier has also created the Ligier JS Cup for the JS2 R that gets under way in France in 2019.
“What better way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ligier brand than a new sports car?” said Jacques Nicolet, CEO of Ligier-Onroak Automotive on presenting the car. “With its iconic livery, all is said. Ligier renews with the GT category. Remember, it was Guy Ligier’s first love. In 1969, he had launched the Ligier JS1, the brand’s first model, and in 1972, the Ligier JS2. We designed the Ligier JS2 R, a revival car, as a real racing car. A car to give maximum pleasure on the track, in races or on track days. Because this is what matters. I hope you will like it as much as we do.”
It will be available for tests from November with various test days scheduled that month in Europe. Ligier has booked some slots between 5 and 7 pm in November on the Nevers Magny-Cours track. The Grand Prix track of the Nevers Magny-Cours circuit has been reserved on 15 and 16 November 2018.