The new LMP3 class is beginning to take shape, with several chassis manufacturers getting in on the action. The latest is Ligier along with simulation software company Exa Corporation, which introduced its new JS P3 LMP3-class racer this week at Le Mans. Ligier adds its name to the roster of Ginetta and LAS Motorsport, who are among the manufacturers already committed to LMP3.
The new car uses lessons learned from the Ligier JS P2 car (currently used by Extreme Speed Motorsports, Oak Racing and Krohn Racing), and applies them to a low-cost package. Exa’s simulation software has been used to shape the car’s aerodynamics and optimize cooling for the brakes, engine and closed cockpit. It’s visually similar to the Ligier LMP2 car, but smaller, in accordance with the rules. The ACO hasn’t finalized a weight for the class, but it should come in somewhere between 1,900 and 2,000 pounds.
Like all other LMP3 cars, power comes courtesy of a spec Nissan V-8 putting out around 420 horsepower, coupled with a six-speed sequential gearbox and Magneti Marelli engine management system. Oreca will sell the drivetrains and other running gear as a package to all LMP3 teams and provide race support.
Continue reading to learn more about the Exa Ligier JS P3 Le Mans Prototype 3.
Exa Corporation Unveils Ligier JS P3 Le Mans Prototype 3 originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 12 June 2015 19:00 EST.