Ligier JS2

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The Ligier JS2 is a mid-engined sports coupé that was built by Ligier in the French commune of Abrest near Vichy in the department of Allier between 1971 and 1975. Road-going and competition versions were built.

1972 - At the Le Mans 24 hour race all the cars retired with engine trouble. There was one win at Rally of Bayonne, with a car driven by Jean-François Piot.

1973 - There were improvements to the car's aerodynamics, including a new nose and rear spoiler. Maserati added a dry-sump to the engine and raised the power to 330 CV. Engine problems again led to the retirement of the two works cars at Le Mans, with the only JS2 finisher being a private entry driven by Martial Delalande, Jacques Marché and Claude Laurent. At the Tour de France the JS2 team of Gérard Larousse and Guy Chasseuil won 14 of the 17 stages, only to be knocked out of the running by a distributor failure.

1974 - The team was sponsored by Total S.A. Chasseuil started the season with an outright win at the Le Mans 4 hour race. JS2s ran in most of the World Championship races but with only limited success. Jacques Lafitte and Alain Serpaggi managed an eight place finish at the Le Mans 24 hour race. The Tour de France race at the season's end was the year's high point - JS2s finished first and second.

1975 - The team was sponsored by Gitanes. Two of the works JS2 entered this year had Cosworth DFV V8 engines installed in the place of the Maserati units. At the Le Mans 24 hour race the two Cosworth powered cars and one Maserati powered car started. The Cosworth-powered car of Lafosse and Chasseuil fought a race-long battle with the Mirage of Derek Bell and Jacky Ickx but ultimately finished in second place. This would be their best showing at the Le Mans 24 hour race and also the last outing for the JS2 in competition; Ligier's attention had turned to Formula One.

Other French racing drivers who piloted Ligier JS2s include Guy Ligier himself, as well as Michel Leclère, Henri Pescarolo, François Migault, Jean-Pierre Beltoise, and Jean-Pierre Jarier.

1973   1974    
Solido 818; Ligier JS2; 1973 24h Le Mans DSQ; Ligier & Laffite; RN62   IXO LMC137; Ligier JS2; 1974 24h Le Mans 8th;  Laffite & Serpaggi; RN15 (Maserati)    
Solido 818; Ligier JS2; 1973 24h Le Mans DSQ; Ligier & Laffite; RN62   IXO LMC137; Ligier JS2; 1974 24h Le Mans 8th; Laffite & Serpaggi; RN15 (Maserati)    
1975        
IXO LMC134; Ligier JS2; 1975 24h Le Mans 2nd, Lafosse & Chasseuiln; RN5 (Cosworth) IXO LMC133; Ligier JS2; 1975 24h Le Mans DNF; Pescarolo & Migault; RN6 (Cosworth) IXO LMC135; Ligier JS2; 1975 24h Le Mans DNF; Beltoise & Jarier; RN97    
IXO LMC134; Ligier JS2; 1975 24h Le Mans 2nd, Lafosse & Chasseuiln; RN5 (Cosworth) IXO LMC133; Ligier JS2; 1975 24h Le Mans DNF; Pescarolo & Migault; RN6 (Cosworth) IXO LMC135; Ligier JS2; 1975 24h Le Mans DNF; Beltoise & Jarier; RN97    

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