Prototype racing within rFactor 2 is about to get a lot more exciting, with the welcome addition of the beautiful Ligier JS P320 set to join the LMP3 roster of cars within the simulation next week – adding another high downforce, high speed endurance racing thoroughbred to rFactor 2.
Ligier Automotive are synonymous with endurance racing in recent years, having originally made their name under the leadership of Guy Ligier in Formula One, proving one of the foremost competitive teams of the 1970s before gradually fading from the sport at the end of the 1990s, but not before Olivier Panis secured a famous final win for the French outfit during a dramatic Monaco Grand Prix in 1996 – in the final year of the marque before ownership transferred to four time World Champion Alain Prost ahead of the 1997 season.
With such a rich heritage in world motorsport behind the name, Ligier returned to top level motorsport amidst great fanfare both at home and abroad, and since the rebirth of the brand as a racing constructor, after being acquired by Jacques Nicolet in 2013, the French manufacturer would immediately become a hit with fans and drivers alike – with success very close to hand, not least of which would be a highlighted when Ligier became the first manufacturer since Ferrari in 1998 to take home victory spoils in the 24 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring and the Petit Le Mans in 2016 with the JS P2.
Built for competition within Road to Le Mans, part of the Michelin Le Mans Cup championship and since 2021, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the JS P320 is a mighty competitor out on the track. .
The JS P320 comes to rFactor 2 off the back of an incredibly successful 2021, having won all the US endurance major events last season: 24 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans.
LMP3 can be considered more of an entry level class of prototype racing, which makes this car a perfect candidate to introduce our drivers to the world of closed top, high downforce machinery, without having to reply too much on experience in order to pilot the car successfully to strong lap times. All the fun of prototype racing, but with the capacity to allow drivers to really get under the skin of the car and produce some great, close racing on track.
- Length: 4605mm
- Width: 1900mm
- Wheelbase: 2860mm
- Engine: Nissan VK56, V8
- Capacity: 5.6 litres
- Output: 460 hp
- Transmission: 6-speed sequential gearbox Xtrac 1152 with aluminium casing
The Ligier JS P320 LMP3 will be made available for rFactor 2 on Monday 7th February 2022, joining the already available Norma M30 in our developing LMP3 class.
We at Studio 397 are really pleased to bring this car into rFactor 2, and we can’t wait to take the opportunity to hand over the virtual keys to our drivers next week!.
Ligier JS P320 LMP3 – coming February 7th to rFactor 2