Ligier, the longstanding French race car manufacturer founded by pro rugby player and Formula 1 driver Guy Ligier, will debut a new V6 sports car at the Paris Motor Show next week.
Ligier teased the new sports car today, posting a photo to Twitter of its front end peeking out from behind a garage door. The manufacturer says the vehicle will be powered by a 3.7-liter V6 engine making 330 hp, which will be paired with a six-speed sequential paddle shift transmission. The 3.7-liter engine will be sourced from Ford.
It looks as though the unnamed car will be styled after the Ligier JS2, a small mid-engine race and road car developed by Ligier in the early 1970s to compete in the FIA World Sportscar Championship. The new race car has a similar front end to the JS2, and photos of the 1975 JS2 in action flank it in the new teaser image. The brand also teased the new model’s rear end earlier this year, revealing its four-segment taillights and vented engine cover. Ligier says the car will be built to adhere to the FIA’s Group E II SH regulations. This set of rules is for vehicles that are “silhouette‐type cars,” which the FIA describes as “cars with the appearance of a large production road car with at least 2 seats.” If we’re interpreting that correctly, that means Ligier will have to have a production version of its V6 race car in order for it to be legal.
Ligier’s current lineup of race cars consists of LMP2 and LMP3 prototypes, along with a new JSP4 entry-level racer. The JSP4 uses the same 3.7-liter Ford V6 that will be found in the yet-to-be-named sports car.
Stay tuned for more information on this interesting little race-inspired project after Ligier debuts the car next Thursday.