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Listen to this Cosworth DFV V-8-powered Ligier JS2

When was the last time you thought of the Ligier JS2? Staring blankly into the ether? That's hardly surprising. Ligier may have been a force in Formula 1 from 1976 until 1996, but lately the French company has focused on microcars with tiny diesel engines rather than mid-engine fire-breathers.


However, back in the mid-'70s, the JS2 emerged as a proper Le Mans contender available both in road and in race car tune—only to be first sabotaged by Ford, then ruined by the financial troubles of Citroën. Redemption came in 1975, when the factory-backed pair of Jean-Louis Lafosse and Guy Chasseuil pushed their Cosworth DFV V-8-powered JS2 into second place behind the Gulf-Mirage GR8 of Jacky Ickx and Derek Bell (which was, coincidentally, also DFV-equipped). Despite the podium finish, the 1975 24 Hours of Le Mans was the JS2's last big event in period, as Ligier moved into Formula 1 for 1976.


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