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The Ligier JS P217 is a Le Mans Prototype built by Onroak Automotive and named in a partnership with former French racing driver Guy Ligier. The Ligier JS P217 was built to meet the 2017 FIA and ACO regulations for 2017 for the LMP2 category in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The car also meets the regulations for the International Motor Sports Association’s (IMSA) WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for the Prototype class. It is active in both these championship series as well as the European Le Mans Series[1] and Asian Le Mans Series in 2017. The prototype made its racing debut at the 2017 24 Hours of Daytona and its FIA World Endurance Championship debut at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

Ligier JS P217
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CategoryLe Mans Prototype 2
ConstructorOnroak Automotive
PredecessorLigier JS P2
Technical specifications[1][2]
ChassisCarbon fibre monocoque
Suspension (front)Double wishbones with pushrod and torque rod-activated dampers
Suspension (rear)Double wishbones with spring-activated dampers
Length4,745 mm (186.8 in)
Width1,900 mm (75 in)
Wheelbase3,010 mm (119 in)
EngineLigier JS P217
Gibson GK-428 4.2 litre V8
Nissan Onroak DPi
Nissan 3.8 litre V6 twin turbo  
longitudinal mid-mounted configuration
TransmissionHewland TLS-200 6-speed sequential gearbox magnesium casing sequential manual transmission
Power600 HP
WeightAppr. 930 kg (2,050 lb)
TyresMichelin, Dunlop, or Continental
Competition history
Notable entrantsLigier JS P217
Portugal Algarve Pro Racing
France IDEC Sport Racing
France Panis Barthez Competition
United States PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports
United Kingdom Tockwith Motorsports
United States United Autosports
United States Visit Florida Racing
Nissan Onroak DPi
United States Tequila Patrón ESM
United States CORE Autosport
RacesWins
449
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers' Championships0

DevelopmentEdit

The Liger JS P217 was conceived in 2016 in preparation for the FIA and ACO's new regulation changes in 2017. Onroak Automotive built a brand new chassis from scratch and focused on improving the mechanics of the car from the Ligier JS P2. Onroak and technical partners focused on the air cooling of the engine radiators and brakes and cockpit air conditioning. The mechanical features of the car that were concentrated on was the implementation of a new axle, nut, and rim to lessen the time of tire changes, the efficiency of the axles, weight distribution, accessibility of mechanics at the front of the cockpit, aerodynamic efficiency, LMP1 style power steering, and a limited number of chassis pieces. The driver's comfort, space, controls accessibility, and visibility also was paid attention to as well.[1]

The car was unveiled at Spa-Francorchamps publicly in September 2016. It also performed tests at Magny-Cours in September 2016 and Daytona International Speedway in November 2016 for preparation for the 24 Hours of Daytona.[3]

Nissan Onroak DPiEdit

 
Nissan Onroak DPi in 2017 Petit Le Mans.

Main Article: Ligier Nissan DPi

A variation of the prototype, the Nissan Onroak DPi, also known as the Ligier Nissan DPi, was created for the IMSA's WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype class under the DPi regulations. The car was developed in partnership with Nissan and Nismo. The powerplant of the vehicle is a 3.8 litre V6 twin-turbo engine from the Nissan GT-R GT3. Other alterations from the P217 include a large front panel and revised side panels.[4] Onroak Automotive will supply Tequila Patrón ESM with two prototypes for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Ligier JS P217". Onroak Automotive. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Onroak Nissan DPi". Onroak Automotive. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  3. ^ Dagys, John (9 November 2016). "PR1 Ligier JS P217 Headlines November Daytona Test Entry". Sportscar365.com. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Ligier JS P217". Racecar Engineering. Retrieved 19 June 2017.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Ligier JS P217 at Wikimedia Commons