Lavaggi to race own car in Le Mans

Former Grand Prix driver Giovanni Lavaggi has confirmed he will race his own sports car in the Le Mans 24 Hours and the LMES in 2006, subject to entry approval

Lavaggi to race own car in Le Mans

Lavaggi, who raced for the Pacific and Minardi teams in 1995 and 1996, has designed the LS1 prototype himself, and the machine will be powered by a six-litre Ford V8 prepared in America by PME.

According to Autosprint magazine, the chassis will have some rather original aerodynamic solutions developed in a wind tunnel in England and has already passed the FIA crash tests.

"I have been cherishing the idea of my own project since 2001 and I started working on it three years ago, taking a rather long time due to budget issues and the complexity of the operation," Lavaggi told Autosprint.

"It's actually a lot more difficult than what I had to do back then, when I started racing at 26 with the objective of getting into F1.

"Now I hope I can demonstrate that even today, despite the world having changed, you can still start from zero and be able to build a competitive car."

Lavaggi won the Daytona 24 Hours in 1995 and the 1,000-km Monza race in 2001 with a Ferrari 333 into which he put a Judd engine.

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