The team, who are exclusive UK agents for Ligier Automotive, have purchased the latest generation of LMP3 car from the French manufacturer. The Ligier JS P320 is one of the four new chassis selected by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), which will be homologated for the 2020-2024 period.
United Autosports have committed to the new cars for their 2020 European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup programmes, marking their fifth year competing in the ELMS.
The Ligier JS P320 will be eligible to race in the European Le Mans Series, the Michelin Le Mans Cup and the Ultimate Cup Series from next year, but won’t be available for the Asian Le Mans Series until the 2020/2021 season. The IMSA Prototype Challenge in the USA will accept the new generation Ligier from 2021, with the Australian LMP3 Cup accepting the car from 2022.
The Ligier JS P3 is one of the most successful LMP3 cars in existence, winning no fewer than five titles in 2018, with 26 victories in 34 races. United Autosports won the 2016 and 2017 European Le Mans Series with the Ligier JS P3.
United Autosports are currently at Le Mans preparing for the Le Mans 24 Hours, where they qualified sixth and ninth in the LMP2 class. The race begins tomorrow (Saturday 15 June) at 15:00.
Zak Brown, Team Owner and Chairman, United Autosports:
“I can’t wait for United Autosports to take delivery of their new Ligier JS P320s. We have had a lot of success with the first generation car so I’m confident the second generation will be just as competitive.”
Richard Dean, Team Owner and Managing Director, United Autosports:
“We are pleased to continue our relationship with Ligier by committing to the new Ligier JS P320 for our ELMS and Le Mans Cup programmes. The new car looks fantastic and from the feedback I’ve had from the designers and engineers at Ligier, it looks to be another competitive LMP3 car.
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