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Meet Ligier JS P3, the LMP3 Le Mans Prototype With Fatigue-Reducing Cockpit

With only one day left until the action finally gets underway at Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, some manufacturers are looking to the future and take the opportunity to launch "innovative" LMP3 race cars. Of course, we're talking about Exa Works and Onroak Automotive.
Ligier JS P3 1 photo
Their names might not say much at first, but here's a few additional info to relieve the confusion. Exa Corporation is the leading innovator of simulation software for product design and engineering (BMW, Ford and Toyota use their products) while Onroak Automotive is a French "sports-prototype constructor".

Besides being created for Le Mans' LMP3 race category, the Ligier JS P3 prototype promises a "unique 'cool cabin' design that reduces race fatigue for drivers."

With a combination of airflow management techniques and a ‘cool suit’ developed by Stand 21, the driver can stay focused on the race for more time.

We don't get too much information on the car's specs, but officials insist on the fact that engineers focused on achieving the ideal front/rear aerodynamic balance with the optimal relationship between downforce and drag. Also, Exa's PowerFLOW simulation software to optimize the Ligier JS P3's aerodynamics, and cool both the engine and brakes "with new levels of efficiency".

Here's what Stephane Letot, Exa Managing Director Western Europe had to say about the Ligier JS P3 at its launch:

"Exa has enjoyed a highly productive relationship with the Onroak Automotive engineering team and thanks to our simulation-driven design, both partners are certain that the newLigier JS P3 will be a significant challenger for top honors in the new LM P3 race category.”

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