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The Ligier JS37 was a Formula One car used by the Ligier team during the 1992 Formula One season. Its best finish in a race was fifth, which it achieved twice.

Ligier JS37
CategoryFormula One
ConstructorLigier
Designer(s)Frank Dernie
PredecessorLigier JS35
SuccessorLigier JS39
Technical specifications[1]
ChassisCarbon Fibre Monocoque
Wheelbase2,900 mm (110 in)
EngineRenault RS3C, 3,493 cc (213.2 cu in), V10, NA, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
Weight505kg
FuelElf
TyresGoodyear
Competition history
Notable entrantsLigier Gitanes Blondes
Notable drivers25. Belgium Thierry Boutsen
26. France Érik Comas
Debut1992 South African Grand Prix
RacesWinsPolesF.Laps
16000

Contents

DevelopmentEdit

For the 1992 season, team owner Guy Ligier secured the use of the Renault RS3 3.5 V10 engine, maintained by Mecachrome. The team initially used the RS3B model, before being upgraded to RSC3s later in the year.[2]

The chassis was designed by Frank Dernie, with some input from Gérard Ducarouge and using the aerodynamic research data and windtunnel model from the stillborn Reynard F1 project.[3] Although aesthetically pleasing, the JS37 was poor aerodynamically[4] and needed to be revised during the season, as did the suspension. Prior to the start of the season, Alain Prost test drove the JS37 several times with a view to joining the team after his dismissal from Ferrari the previous year. However, he opted out of racing with the team and Érik Comas, Ligier's junior driver who had raced for the team the previous year, drove instead.[2]

Race HistoryEdit

The JS37 was generally a midfield runner which retired from nearly half the races it started. It did not handle bumpy circuits well and performance suffered as a result, with particularly poor qualifying efforts in Mexico, Monaco and Canada. Comas failed to qualify for one race, the Belgian Grand Prix, after a heavy crash in practice on the Friday of the race. Knocked unconscious, he did not participate any further in the race weekend.[5]

Comas did secure three finishes in the points during the mid-season, including a best of fifth at the French Grand Prix. He overcame the bumpy circuit to finish sixth in Canada, having qualified a poor 22nd, scoring the team's first point in almost three years. He also finished sixth at Germany, where he achieved his best qualifying position of seventh. Boutsen finished in the points only once, fifth at the season ending Australian Grand Prix.[1]

Complete Formula One resultsEdit

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points WCC
1992 Ligier Gitanes Blondes Renault V10 G RSA MEX BRA ESP SMR MON CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR JPN AUS 6 8th
Thierry Boutsen Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 12 10 Ret 10 7 Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret 5
Érik Comas 7 9 Ret Ret 9 10 6 5 8 6 Ret DNQ Ret Ret Ret Ret

ReferencesEdit

Citations
  1. ^ a b Stats F1. "Ligier JS37". Retrieved 3 December 2012.
  2. ^ a b Constanduros, 1992, pp. 76–77
  3. ^ Joe Saward. Motorsport Week https://www.motorsportweek.com/joesaward/id/00358. Retrieved 20 December 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Hodges 2001, p. 126.
  5. ^ Hamilton, 1992, pp. 204–209
Bibliography
  • Constanduros, Bob (1992). "Team Review: Ligier". In Henry, Alan (ed.). Autocourse 1992–93. Richmond, Surrey, England: Hazelton Publishing. pp. 76–77.
  • Hamilton, Maurice (1992). "Belgian Grand Prix". In Henry, Alan (ed.). Autocourse 1992–93. Richmond, Surrey, England: Hazelton Publishing. pp. 204–209.
  • Hodges, David (2001). A–Z of Grand Prix Cars. Ramsbury,Wiltshire: The Crowood Press. ISBN 1-86126-339-2.