The Ligier saga has been going since 1969, the year of the presentation of the Ligier JS1, the first model of the brand. After three chassis dedicated for endurance racing, Ligier began a new chapter of its history and launched in 1976 into the coveted world of Formula 1: an adventure that lasted 21 seasons and was marked by 326 Grand Prix and 50 podiums, including 9 victories. After a break of a few years, Ligier made its return to the circuits in 2005 with a CN sport-prototype, the Ligier JS 49. It's the start of a new era dedicated to endurance racing and has been marked since 2014 by a return to the highest level of racing, namely with the Ligier JS P2.
Since its beginnings in 1969, the Ligier adventure was built by men who all brought a brick to the structure. Linked by honest and strong relationships, often imprinted with a sincere friendship, these men marked, at different levels and degrees, the history of the brand.
From the founder Guy Ligier, to Jacques Nicolet, who put it all into motion to make the brand shine on the circuits once more, they are many to have helped forge the aura of the Ligier brand, and Jacques Laffite, Michel Tétu, and also Michel Beaujon are part of them.
After the JS1, JS2 and JS3, the first three models aimed at road and track between 1969 and 1975, the Ligier adventure continued for 21 seasons on the Formula 1 circuits. Twenty-seven models were designed by Guy Ligier's men, from the JS5 in 1976 to the JS43, victorious at the Monaco Grand Prix in 1996. A new page was written from 2005 with the Ligier JS49: a CN sport-prototype that marked the return of the brand to the circuits. Since 2014 and the joining with Jacques Nicolet and Onroak Automotive, the JS P2, JS P3 and JS P217 models allowed Ligier to return to the front of the endurance scene. At the end of 2017 the public is discovering the Ligier JS F3 and the Ligier JS F4 which symbolise the return of the make to the world of single-seater racing after a 20-year break.
Ligier racing cars distinguish themselves by the elegance and sportiness of their silhouette, an allure created by the Design Offices. The fluidity of the lines of the Ligier JS P2, JS P3 and most recently JS P217 give the range an aesthetic personality which asserts itself over time. The Ligier JS P4 is the make's latest sports prototype and has a more futuristic and aggressive appearance. The F3 and F4 single-seaters' smooth flowing lines recall the halcyon days of the Ligier make's saga in Formula 1.