CREVENTIC has confirmed that Ligier Automotive’s JS2 R and JS P4 are both eligible to compete in this year’s 24H SERIES powered by Hankook.
The JS2 R, an homage to the original JS2 of the early 1970s and a model designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Guy Ligier’s eponymous brand, made its 24H SERIES competitive debut at last year’s Hankook 24H BARCELONA in the bespoke ‘SP4’ category. The GT has since returned to 24H SERIES competition, and has been entered for the full 24H SERIES Continents calendar in the TCE division by former series class champion, Nordschleife Racing.
The JS P4 meanwhile has yet to turn a wheel in anger on the CREVENTIC stages, but is eligible to compete in the GT division this year as part of the bespoke ‘GTX’ class. Since its launch in 2018, talks have been on-going between CREVENTIC and the French racing specialists with regards to a possible program for the P4 in 2020 and beyond.
CREVENTIC believes the endurance racing credentials of both the JS2 R GT car and the JS P4 prototype makes them perfect for 24H SERIES competition.
“Ligier has a great history in motorsport, from participation in the likes of Formula One and WEC” says Ole Dörlemann on behalf of CREVENTIC. “We are happy to offer a platform that the two newest evolutions of their portfolio, the JS2 R and the JS P4 can be part of.”
Built atop an FIA-approved homologated tubular chassis, and featuring a fiberglass body aping the original JS2 that finished 2nd at the 1975 24 Hours of Le Mans, the new JS2 R made its global debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show and was “designed exclusively for racing.”
The dedicated GT racer, which as-of-yet has no road-going equivalent, weighs just 1,010kg and produces 330hp from its mid-mounted 3.7-litre Ford V6, thus producing an impressive 327hp/ton power-to-weight ratio. The horsepower works in tandem with 400Nm / 295lb ft of torque, which is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox. Gentleman racers will also no doubt be intrigued by a cockpit that is “suitable for tall drivers.”
The JS P4 meanwhile, launched in 2018, slots in below its established JS P2 and P3 brethren as Ligier Automotive’s entry-level prototype targeting affordable closed-cockpit racing. Built to LMP3 safety regulations, the JS P4 features a carbon monocoque and “futuristic yet aggressive” bodywork. Propulsion is provided by the same Ford-sourced, 330hp 3.7-litre V6 as the JS2 R, though its comparatively welter-weight 920kg weight means power-to-weight is a slightly higher 359hp/ton. “Accessible to all types of drivers”, the P4 also features a transverse six-speed sequential gearbox, a cockpit adapted to all sizes, and a 100-litre FIA homologated fuel tank.
Both the JS2 R and JS P4 are set to compete on-track together in 2020 as part of the new Ligier European Series, a five-round, 10-race program that will host its first race on 3-4 April.
*Images courtesy of Ligier Automotive. For more information regarding the 2020 24H SERIES powered by Hankook, check out 24hseries.com, or contact our team directly on +31 485 471 166.