Ligier first to unveil new rules 2017 LMP2 challenger

The new Ligier JSP217 has become the first of the new generation of LMP2 machinery for 2017 to be unveiled

Ligier first to unveil new rules 2017 LMP2 challenger

Ligier manufacturer Onroak Automotive took the wraps off the new car on Friday at Spa ahead of the penultimate round of the European Le Mans Series at the Belgian track this weekend.

The JSP217, which is powered by the new Gibson one-make V8 engine, was completed early this week at Onroak's Le Mans facility before undertaking a series of shakedown runs at Magny-Cours ahead of the launch.

Jacques Nicolet, the founder of Onroak and OAK Racing, described the unveiling of the JSP217 as a "great thrill".

"After the Ligier JSP2 and the Ligier JSP3 in 2014 and 2015 we're very proud to present the Ligier JSP217," he said.

"It retains the initials JS, the historic homage to Jo Schlesser by [the late] Guy Ligier, who is very much in my thoughts today."

Sebastien Metz, the director of the Onroak Le Mans facility, said the organisation was "very satisfied with the first shakedowns".

The JSP217 will also be the basis of a new Nissan-badged contender for the IMSA SportsCar Championship's Daytona Prototype international class.

Onroak isn't the first of the four constructors granted licenses to build LMP2 machinery for next season to test its new car.

Dallara's P2 ran in the USA earlier this month in the Cadillac-engined DPi specification, which allows for bodywork revisions as well as the manufacturer's own powerplant.

The Italian constructor's pure LMP2-rules car that will be eligible for the World Endurance Championship and the ELMS is expected to start testing imminently.

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