Ligier JS35

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Ligier JS35/JS35B
Category Formula One
Constructor Ligier
Predecessor JS33B
Successor JS37
Technical specifications[1]
Chassis Carbon Fibre Monocoque
Wheelbase 2,900 mm (110 in)
Engine Lamborghini 3512, 3,493 cc (213.2 cu in), V12, NA, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
Weight 505kg
Fuel Elf
Tyres Goodyear
Competition history
Notable entrants Equipe Ligier Gitanes
Notable drivers 25. Belgium Thierry Boutsen
26. France Érik Comas
Debut 1991 United States Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles Fastest laps
16 0 0 0

The Ligier JS35 was a Formula One car used by the Ligier team during the 1991 Formula One season. It was updated to a 'B' spec during the season. Its best finish in a race was seventh (twice).

Development[edit]

For the 1991 season, team owner Guy Ligier had secured the use of V12 engines from Lamborghini, which had been used the previous season by Team Lotus and Larrousse. This was to be a stopgap measure as for 1992, the team were to use Renault V10s.[2]

The JS35 chassis was prepared by Ligier's design department under the direction of Michel Beaujon, Claude Galopin and Richard Divila, the latter two being fired after the disappointing start to the season. The car was overweight and bulky from the start, not helped by the large oil tank required for the new engines. Changes to the suspension for the start of the European leg of the season helped performance a little. The chassis was later updated to a 'B' spec by new Ligier recruit Frank Dernie. The JS35B, which made its debut at the French Grand Prix also had some input from Gérard Ducarouge who was recruited mid-season.[2]

Race History[edit]

The JS35 was driven by new Ligier drivers Thierry Boutsen, formerly of Williams, and Erik Comas, the 1990 F3000 champion.[2]

Although Boutsen did not finish in the points during the season, he at least had the satisfaction of starting every race of the season, with a best qualification of 14th in Mexico. Comas failed to qualify three times, including the season opening United States Grand Prix. His best qualifying performance was at his home race in France where he started 14th. Boutsen's best finish was seventh, achieved twice in the early part of the season with the original car. Comas' best finish was in Canada where he finished eighth, having qualified 26th.[1]


Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Chassis Engine(s) Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points WCC
1991 JS35
JS35B
Lamborghini V12 G USA BRA SMR MON CAN MEX FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR ESP JPN AUS 0 NC
Thierry Boutsen Ret 10 7 7 Ret 8 12 Ret 9 Ret 11 Ret 16 Ret 9 Ret
Erik Comas DNQ Ret 10 10 8 DNQ 11 DNQ Ret 10 Ret 11 11 Ret Ret 18

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stats F1. "Ligier JS35B". Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Saward, 1992, p. 72

References[edit]

  • Saward, Joe (1991). "Team Review: Ligier". In Henry, Alan. Autocourse 1991–92. Richmond, Surrey, England: Hazelton Publishing. p. 72.