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Onroak Automotive

Ligier Automotive
IndustryAuto racing
FounderJacques Nicolet
Key people
Nicolas Clémençon

Ligier Automotive is a French company which designs, manufacturers, and sells racing cars, specifically sports prototypes for various international series. Onroak was founded in 2012 by Jacques Nicolet who split the design, manufacturing, and sales divisions of his OAK Racing team into an independent company.[1] Onroak has since formed an agreement with Philippe Ligier to develop new cars under the Ligier title. On 31 December 2018, it was announced that Onroak Automotive would be rebranded to Ligier Automotive as part of a rebranding and reorganization of Everspeed's automotive assets.[2]


Onroak's roots can be traced to December 2009 when OAK Racing reached an agreement with Pescarolo Sport to take over their manufacturing arm, specifically the continued construction and co-development of the Pescarolo 01 Le Mans Prototype that had been designed in 2007. OAK, while under their previous title of Saulnier Racing, had been a Pescarolo customer since 2008, campaigning two cars in the European Le Mans Series.[3] OAK eventually became the sole developer of the 01 design when Pescarolo went into receivership, and campaigned and sold the cars under the OAK-Pescarolo moniker.

In 2012 new regulations for Le Mans Prototypes required teams to replace existing cars with new designs or alter them to meet the regulations. Onroak was created to develop a new design for the existing Pescarolo chassis as well as to pursue sales of the car to other teams seeking cars meeting the new regulations.[1] Onroak then formed a partnership with Morgan Motor Company to brand the LMP2 class variant of their new design as the Morgan LMP2,[4] while the LMP1 version retained the OAK-Pescarolo title.

During 2013 Onroak formed a partnership with Guy Ligier to assist in the development and sales of an evolutionary version of the Ligier JS 53 Group CN prototype before designing a closed-cockpit variant known as the JS 55 in 2014.[5][6] This agreement extended to naming rights for a new LMP2 car designed and constructed entirely by Onroak in early 2014, the Ligier JS P2.[5] Onroak and Ligier followed the JS P2 with the JS P3 intended for the LMP3 class which will debut in 2015.[7]

In October 2016, Onroak bought the motorsports arm of American manufacturer Crawford Composites.[]

Onroak was selected as one of the four LMP2 manufacturers for the 2017 regulations. The Ligier JS P217 has competed at the European Le Mans Series and IMSA SportsCar Championship, in the latter case branded as Nissan Onroak DPi.

Tork Engineering

In September 2017 Onroak Automotive acquired Tork Engineering. Tork Engineering had many years of experience building racing cars. The French company was responsible for the closed cockpit Bioracing Series sportscar. In 2007 Tork was contracted by Mitjet Series to build the Yamaha powered Mitjet 1300.[8] In 2012 the Renault powered 2.0L version was launched. The car was available with four body types resembling BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Bugatti.[9] In 2015 Tork Engineering also built the tube framed racecar for the relaunched French Supertouring Championship. The car is powered by a 3.5L V6 engine made by Nissan.[10]


Year Car Picture Engine Class
2007 Mitjet 1300 Yamaha 1.3L I4 Mitjet 1300
2008 Tork BRS 4.0 Geoscan Project 4 litres (28366345557).jpg Sodemo-Nissan 4.0L V6 Bioracing Series
2009 Dacia Duster Glace Dacia Duster Andros Trophy (front quarter).jpg Nissan VQ30 3.0L V6 Trophee Andros Silhouette
2010 OAK-Pescarolo 01 OAK Pescarolo Shanghai.jpg Judd DB 3.4L V8 Le Mans Prototype 2
2011 Dacia Lodgy Glace Dacia dokker glace 1.JPG Sodemo 3.0L V6 Trophee Andros Silhouette
2011 Dacia Duster No Limit Sodemo-Nissan VR38DETT 3.6L V6 PPIHC Unlimited
2012 Morgan LMP2 Morgan Nissan LMP2.JPG Judd HK 3.6L V8 Le Mans Prototype 2
Nissan VK45DE 4.5L V8
2012 Mitjet 2.0L Mitjet2L@Pau 2012.JPG Renault 2.0L I4 Mitjet 2.0L
2013 Mini Countryman Sodemo-Nissan VR38DETT 3.6L V6 PPIHC Unlimited
2013 Ligier JS53 Evo Ligier-Martini JS53 - Mondial de l'Automobile de Paris 2012 - 203.jpg Honda K20A 2.0L I4 Group CN
2014 Ligier JS55 Honda K20A 2.0L I4 Group CN
2014 Ligier JS P2 Michael Shank Racing - Ligier JS P2-Honda -49 (27802320135).jpg Nissan VK45DE 4.5L V8 Le Mans Prototype 2
Judd HK 3.6L V8
2015 Morgan LMP2 Evo Au volant de la Morgan LMP2.jpg Honda HR28TT 2.8L V6 Le Mans Prototype 2
Nissan VK45DE 4.5L V8
2015 Ligier JS P3 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans 2-03 (27178650393).jpg NissanVK50VE 5.0L V8 Le Mans Prototype 3
2015 Mitjet Offroad Mitjet off road.jpg Chevrolet LS3 6.2L V8 Group T1
2015 Mitjet V6 ST Mitjet-Supertourisme.jpg Nissan 3.5L V6 FFSA Supertourisme
2016 Crawford F4-16 2017 Formula 4 United States Championship, Virginia International Raceway (36759831536).jpg Honda K20 C2 United States Formula 4 Championship
2017 Ligier JS P217 United-Autosports-Le-Mans-2017-82 (35340856665) (2).jpg Gibson GK428 4.2L V8 Le Mans Prototype 2
Nissan Onroak DPi Petit Le Mans.jpg Nissan VR38DETT 3.8L V6 Daytona Prototype International
2018 Ligier JS F3 19BlakeUpton F3Americas RoadAmerica.jpg Honda K20C1 2.0L I4 FR Americas
Ligier JS F3-S5000 Ford Coyote 5.0L V8 Australian S5000 Championship
Ligier JS P4 Festival automobile international 2018 - Ligier JSP4 - 001.jpg Ford 3.7L V6 Group E
2019 Ligier JS2 R Motorsport Days Live 2018 069 (44779178585).jpg Ford 3.7L V6 Ligier European Series
2020 Ligier JS P320 UA-ELMS-2020-Paul-Ricard-081.jpg Nissan VK56DE 5.6L V8 Le Mans Prototype 3
Green built by Tork Engineering
Blank built by Onroak Automotive


  1. ^ a b "OAK Racing and Onroak Automotive, present the 2012 OAK-Pescarolo LMP2". Endurance-Info. 19 December 2011. Archived from the original on 17 February 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ Dagys, John. "Onroak Rebranded to Ligier Automotive - Sportscar365". sportscar365.com. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ "OAK Racing takes over as Pescarolo Sport constructor". Endurance-Info. 9 December 2009. Archived from the original on 17 February 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ "Morgan Motor Company and OAK Racing join forces in endurance racing". Endurance-Info. 16 January 2012. Archived from the original on 17 February 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ a b "OnRoak, Ligier Announce Partnership". Sportscar365. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ "New Ligier sportscar hits the track". Racecar Engineering. 7 March 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ Dagys, John (2 February 2015). "Onroak Announces Ligier JS P3 for LMP3". Sportscar365. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ "Mitjet 1300" (PDF). FFSA.
  9. ^ "Mitjet 2.0L" (PDF). FFSA.
  10. ^ "Mitjet V6 ST" (PDF). FFSA.

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