LIGIER: THE SPIRIT OF SPORT
LIGIER capitalises on over 20 years of sporting experience to develop and manufacture niche technology vehicles which meet a specific, changing and innovative demand.
20 years of racing at the highest level, 326 grands prix disputed, 50 podiums, 9 victories, a second place at the 1980 world championships and over 20 Formula 1 cars built. An elite sportsman, a French rowing champion, rugby player, motorcycle rider and racing car pilot, Guy LIGIER created his building contract works business, before launching in the 1960s the production of his own sports car, intended both for the track and the road, the Ligier JS 2, powered by a Maserati V6 engine.
An illustrious career :
- Guy Ligier began his career as a motorcycle rider and won the French Championship in 1959 and 1960.
- In 1966, Guy Ligier became the only French Formula 1 driver and competed in that season's grand prix races alongside the greatest drivers of the time.
- In 1968, he and his friend of many years Jo Schlesser created a Formula 2 team, whose cars they would drive themselves.
- 1970 saw the first entry of the Ligier JS 1 in the Le Mans 24 hour race, driven by Guy Ligier and Jean-Claude Andruet.
- In 1974, the Ligier JS2 won the Tour de France automobile.
Its first appearance in Formula 1 in 1976 in Brazil marked the start of a wonderful history which lasted 20 years, with 326 grands prix disputed , 9 victories, one second place in the World constructors' championship in 1980, ending with Olivier PANIS who won the Monaco Grand Prix on 19th May 1996. This human and technological adventure would lead the team to build over 20 Formula 1 cars.
In the 1980s, with vehicles ranging from prestige models to competition cars, Guy LIGIER diversified his activity into producing tractor cabs, before converting their production into AM licence vehicles with the first LIGIER JS 4.