The Ligier JS P217 is a Le Mans Prototype built by Onroak Automotive and named in a partnership with 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.

Development

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 DPi

Nissan Onroak DPi in 2017 Petit Le Mans.

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 supplied Tequila Patrón ESM with two prototypes for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.[2] ESM ran the DPi until closing due to a lack of sponsorship in late 2018.[5] CORE Autosport would purchase the ESM DPis and run them for the 2019 season. The program would not continue due to the retirement of team owner Jon Bennett.[6]


Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results

Results in bold indicate pole position. Results in italics indicate fastest lap.

Year Entrant Class Drivers No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Points Pos
United Kingdom
SIL
Belgium
SPA
France
24H
Germany
NUR
Mexico
MEX
United States
COTA
Japan
FUJ
China
SHA
Bahrain
BHR
2017 United Kingdom Tockwith Motorsports LMP2 United Kingdom Nigel Moore 34 Ret 9 Ret
United Kingdom Philip Hanson Ret 9 Ret
India Karun Chandhok Ret 9
No. Belgium
SPA
France
24H
United Kingdom
SIL
Japan
FUJ
China
SHA
United States
SEB
Belgium
SPA
France
24H
Points Pos
2018 - 2019 France Larbre Compétition LMP2 France Erwin Creed 50 6 6 6 5 6 4 6 4 85 5th
France Romano Ricci 6 6 6 5 6 4 6 4
France Julien Canal 6
France Thomas Dagoneau 6
Japan Yoshiharu Mori 6
Japan Keiko Ihara 5
France Enzo Guibbert 6
United States Gunnar Jeannette 4
United States Nicholas Boulle 7 4
No. United Kingdom
SIL
Japan
FUJ
China
SHA
Bahrain
BHR
United States
COTA
Belgium
SPA
France
24H
Bahrain
BHR
Points Pos
2019 - 2020 Philippines Eurasia Motorsport LMP2 Australia Nick Foster 35 8 14
Spain Roberto Merhi 8 14
Japan Nobuya Yamanaka 8 14
Poland Inter Europol Competition Austria René Binder 34 17
Russia Matevos Isaakyan 17
Poland Jakub Śmiechowski 17
Italy EuroInternational Belgium Christophe d'Ansembourg 11 Ret
France Erik Maris Ret
France Adrien Tambay Ret
No. Belgium
SPA
Portugal

POR

Italy

MON

France
24H
Bahrain
BHR
Bahrain
BHR
Points Pos
2021 Slovakia ARC Bratislava LMP2 Slovakia Miro Konôpka 44 Ret 11 11 2 11th
United Kingdom Tom Jackson Ret 11
United Kingdom Darren Burke Ret
United Kingdom Oliver Webb 11 11

Complete European Le Mans Series results

Results in bold indicate pole position. Results in italics indicate fastest lap.

Year Entrant Class Drivers No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Points Pos
United Kingdom
SIL
Italy
MON
Austria
RBR
France
LEC
Belgium
SPA
Portugal
POR
2017 France Panis Barthez Competition LMP2 France Fabien Barthez 23 9 7 5 4 9 6 41 7th
France Timothé Buret 9 7 5 4 9 6
France Nathanaël Berthon 9 5 4 9 6
Portugal Algarve Pro Racing United States Matt McMurry 25 Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret 11 4.5 13th
France Andrea Pizzitola Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret 11
Italy Andrea Roda Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret
France IDEC Sport Racing France Patrice Lafargue 28 8 9 Ret 11 10 10 8.5 12th
France Paul Lafargue 8 9 Ret 11 10 10
France David Zollinger 8
France Olivier Pla 9 Ret 11
France Paul-Loup Chatin 10 10
United States United Autosports Portugal Filipe Albuquerque 32 1 6 1 5 4 2 98 2nd
United States William Owen 1 6 1 5 4 2
Switzerland Hugo de Sadeleer 1 6 1 5 4 2
United Kingdom Tockwith Motorsports United Kingdom Philip Hanson 34 5 11 9 12.5 10th
United Kingdom Nigel Moore 5 11 9
France
LEC
Italy
MON
Austria
RBR
United Kingdom
SIL
Belgium
SPA
Portugal
POR
Points Pos
2018 United States United Autosports LMP2 United Kingdom Philip Hanson 22 12 10 3 Ret 1 1 54 4th
Brazil Bruno Senna 12
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque 10 3 Ret 1 1
United Kingdom Wayne Boyd 32 9 11 15 10 6 3 23 10th
United States William Owen 9 11 15 10 6 3
Switzerland Hugo de Sadeleer 9 11 15 10 6 3
France Panis Barthez Competition France Timothé Buret 23 8 7 10 6 3 2 45.5 6th
France Julien Canal 8 7 10 6 3 2
United Kingdom Will Stevens 8 7 10 6 3 2
Portugal Algarve Pro Racing South Korea Tacksung Kim 25 16 13 17 11 13 10 3.25 18th
United States Mark Patterson 16 13 17 11 13 10
Netherlands Ate De Jong 16 13 17 11 10
United States Matt McMurry 13
France IDEC Sport Racing France Patrice Lafargue 27 Ret 12 16 1.25 19th
France Erik Maris Ret 12 16 14
France William Cavailhes Ret 12
France Nicolas Minassian 16 14
France Aurélien Panis 14
France
LEC
Italy
MON
Spain
CAT
United Kingdom
SIL
Belgium
SPA
Portugal
POR
Points Pos
2019 United States United Autosports LMP2 United Kingdom Philip Hanson 22 6 4 7 Ret 71 4th
United Kingdom Paul di Resta 6
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque 4 7 Ret
United Kingdom Alex Brundle 32 12 3 8 8 37.5 8th
Republic of Ireland Ryan Cullen 12 3 8 8
United States William Owen 3 8 8
France Panis Barthez Competition Austria René Binder 23 10 9 15 7 19.5 11th
France Julien Canal 10 9 15 7
United Kingdom Will Stevens 10 9 15 7
France Timothé Buret 24 Ret 7 Ret 5 Ret 8 20 10th
Russia Konstantin Tereshchenko Ret 7 Ret 5 Ret 8
Netherlands Léonard Hoogenboom Ret 7 Ret
France IDEC Sport Racing France Stéphane Adler 27 Ret 16 14 13 Ret 13 2 18th
France Erik Maris Ret 16 Ret
France Patrice Lafargue Ret 16 13 13
France William Cavailhes 14 13 Ret 13
Poland Inter Europol Competition Spain Dani Clos 34 15 13 Ret 2 17th
France Léo Roussel 15
Poland Jakub Śmiechowski 15 13 Ret 12 12 Ret
France Adrien Tambay Ret 12
Austria Lukas Dunner 12
Belgium Sam Dejonghe 12 Ret
Switzerland Mathias Beche 12 Ret
France
LEC
Belgium
SPA
France
LEC
Italy
MON
Portugal
POR
Points Pos
2020 Poland Inter Europol Competition LMP2 Austria René Binder 34 7 11 6 12 Ret 15.5 12th
Russia Matevos Isaakyan 7 11 6 12 Ret
Poland Jakub Śmiechowski 7 11 6 12 Ret

Complete Asian Le Mans Series results

Results in bold indicate pole position. Results in italics indicate fastest lap.

Year Entrant Class Drivers No. 1 2 3 4 Points Pos
China
SHA
Australia
BEN
Malaysia
SEP
Thailand
CHA
2019 - 2020 Philippines Eurasia Motorsport LMP2 New Zealand Daniel Gaunt 1 Ret Ret Ret 4 13 7th
Japan Nobuya Yamanaka Ret 4
Japan Masataka Yanagida Ret Ret
New Zealand Nick Cassidy Ret Ret 4
New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Ret
Australia Nick Foster 36 2 2 2 5 65 3rd
Spain Roberto Merhi 2 2 2 5
Australia Aidan Read 2 2 2 5
Poland Inter Europol Competition Australia John Corbett 33 5 4 6 6 38 4th
Australia Nathan Kumar 5 4 6 6
Australia Mitchell Neilson 5 4
Singapore Danial Frost 6 6
Switzerland Mathias Beche 34 4 Ret 5 7 28 5th
Poland Jakub Śmiechowski 4 Ret 5 7
United Kingdom James Winslow 4 Ret 5 7
United Arab Emirates
DUB 1
United Arab Emirates
DUB 2
United Arab Emirates
YMC 1
United Arab Emirates
YMC 2
Points Pos
2021 Italy EuroInternational - Ojets LMP2 - Am Australia John Corbett 11 2 Ret 18 2nd
Australia Neale Muston 2 Ret

Complete IMSA SportsCar Championship results

Results in bold indicate pole position. Results in italics indicate fastest lap.

Year Entrant Class Drivers No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Points Pos
United States
DAY
United States
SEB
United States
LBH
United States
AUS
United States
BEL
United States
WGL
Canada
MOS
United States
ELK
United States
LGA
United States
ATL
2017 United States PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports United Kingdom Tom Kimber-Smith 52 9 7 5 237 7th
Mexico José Gutiérrez 9 7 9 4 7 7 10
United States Mike Guasch 9 7
United States R. C. Enerson 9
United States Will Owen 5
Italy Marco Bonanomi 9
United States Kenton Koch 10
United Kingdom Ryan Lewis 10
France Olivier Pla 4 7 7 10
United States Nicholas Boulle 8
Canada David Ostella 8
France Julien Canal 10
United States VisitFlorida Racing Belgium Marc Goossens 90 5 1 7 233 8th
Netherlands Renger van der Zande 5 1 7
Germany René Rast
United States Jonathan Bomarito 7
United States
DAY
United States
SEB
United States
LBH
United States
MOH
United States
BEL
United States
WGL
Canada
MOS
United States
ELK
United States
LGA
United States
ATL
Points Pos
2018 United States United Autosports Spain Fernando Alonso 23 13 18 19th
United Kingdom Philip Hanson 13
United Kingdom Lando Norris 13
United Kingdom Paul di Resta 32 4 5 4 82 15th
Brazil Bruno Senna 4
United States Will Owen 4
Switzerland Hugo de Sadeleer 4
United Kingdom Philip Hanson 5 4
United Kingdom Alex Brundle 5
United States AFS/PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports Colombia Sebastián Saavedra 52 12 11 11 6 8 9 9 13 211 12th
Colombia Gustavo Yacamán 12 11 11 6 8 9 9 13
Mexico Roberto González 12 11
United States Nicholas Boulle 12
Mexico José Gutiérrez
United States Will Owen 9
United States
DAY 1
United States
DAY 2
United States
SEB
United States
MOH
United States
BEL
United States
WGL 1
United States
WGL 2
United States
ELK
United States
LGA
United States
LBH
United States
ATL
Points Pos
2021 Philippines RWR Eurasia LMP2 United States Austin Dillon 51 4 0 NC
Germany Sven Müller 4
United States Cody Ware 8 4
Turkey Salih Yoluç 8 4

References

  1. ^ a b c "Ligier JS P217". Onroak Automotive. Archived from the original on 25 May 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Onroak Nissan DPi". Onroak Automotive. Archived from the original on 25 May 2018. 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.
  5. ^ Dagys, John (December 1, 2018). "ESM Shutters Operations". Sportscar365. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  6. ^ Lloyd, Daniel (August 22, 2019). "Bennett Announces Retirement; CORE DPi Program to End". Sportscar365. Retrieved 28 September 2020.

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