A Historical Celebration of Road Sports Cars That Took To The Tracks...

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Other French Marques

MVS Venturi LM500

MVS Venturi LM600

Venturi600

 BUGATTI EB 110   SS / SC

( Raced at Le Mans 1994 , IMSA events inc Daytona 1996 )

ENGINE : Bugatti V12 3499 cc Quad Turbo

POWER :  640 BHP

WEIGHT :  1370 KGS            ( 467 per tonne )

TOP SPEED :  191 MPH

( Le Mans 1994 data )

Along with the McLaren F1 the Bugatti was the most

exciting and dramatic road car of the 90`s. It didnt have

the same level of race programe as the F1 appearing in just

6 events. Michel Hommell ran a blue , Esso-sponsored car

at Le Mans 1994 for Cudini , Helary and Boullion in GT1. It

qualified 17th but retired after an accident.

A second car , the silver Monaco Racing car then ran two

IMSA rounds in 1995 at Watkins Glen and Sears Point with

Gildo Pastor and ex-F1 driver Patrick Tambay. The car , up

against prototypes as well as GTS-1 rivals finished 19th and

16th respecitvly. The Bugattis only BPR race was at Suzuka

where Helary joined the crew , qualifying 12th but put out

with gearbox problems. Given the lack of development it

wasnt far off the opposition having qualified in 2`09 just

behind the pole Ferrari F40 ( 2`05 ), best F1 ( 2`06 ) and

factory Skyline ( 2`07 ) and ahead of Porsche ( 2`11 ).

The Monaco car qualified 21st at Daytona 24 1996 but  the

gearbox forced its retirement for Grouillard , Pastor and

Derek Hill. The last race was the non-championship Dijon 2

hours and after failing to qualify for that years Le Mans the

project was retired but the Bugatti brand had been revived

to a new generation of car enthusiasts.

 MVS VENTURI LM 500

( Raced at Le Mans )

ENGINE : PVR V6 Cylinders 2975cc

            2 x Garrett Turbos

POWER : 500 BHP @6000 rpm

TOP SPEED : 175 MPH

WEIGHT : 1075-1130 KGS

( data from 1993 Le Mans 24 hours )

 

Bugatti EB 110

 PEUGEOT RCZ Turbo

 ( raced in Nurburgring 24 hours 2011,12 )

ENGINE : 1598cc Turbo

POWER : 197 BHP ( road car )

WEIGHT :  approx 1400 KGS ( road )

PRODUCTION :  over 50,000 ( 2010- )

PRICE :  approx 26,000 pounds ( 2013 )

 Peugeot`s stylish sports car won its class in the 2012

Nurburgring 24 hour race , coming home in 38th and

64th place against Mini Coopers in `SP2 T`.with the

1600cc Turbo engine. An improvement over the year  before in the diesel class`D1 T`with the 2-litre HDi a  54th + NC performance.    

The road cars are built in Graz , Austria and were

launched in 2010 , the 50,000 cars came off the

production line in February 2013.

 LIGIER JS1 / JS2

 ( raced in World Championship 1970 / 1972-75 )

ENGINE : Ford 1798cc / Maserati 2991cc

POWER : 180 BHP ( JS2 road car )

WEIGHT :  approx 970 KGS ( road )

PRODUCTION : 150 JS2 ( 1971-77 )

TOP SPEED :

The early 70s saw several interesting GT cars

being built for the road and inevitiably also for

the track. The rules though were set that 400

units a year had to be built to qualify a car into

the GT class ( group 4 ). This procluded many

small , specialist firms from competing in the

GT class , rather these small unit cars were

lumpe in with the pure racing Prototypes ( the

old Group 5 ). Ex-F1 racer Guy Ligier debuted

his new sleek GT car the JS1 at Albi and won

first time out. The car was of tubularbody

structure with fibreglass bodywork and used a

ford 1.8 fvc engine. Ligier with Jean-Claude

Andruet ran the little car at Le Mans 1970 in

prototype class but didnt finish. A few JS1s

were built for the road and the project would

develop into the JS2 with a 3-litre Maserati

V6. Only 150 were built so the car was never

homogated as a GT car , as wasnt the Lancia

Stratos in its first few years. The yellow race

versions were still sleek in 1972 , three cars

retiring at LeMans. 1973 and wings began to

srout and power increased as the development

wore on. 1974 and now in blue livery with more

aerodynamics aids led to an 8th place finish at

Le Mans for Jacques Laffite + Alain Serpaggi.

The final development was 1975 and now with

sponosrship from Gitanes cigarettes the cars

were flying , qualifying 3rd and 5th at Le Mans

with top drivers , such as Pescarolo, Beltoise

and Jarier though it was Lafosse + Chasseuil

who finished runner-up in the race. The cars

were retired at the end of 1975 as the Ligier

team stepped into Formula 1 in 1976. The JS2

had proved popular with the french crowd and

showed their all round road worthyness and

versitility by running well on the Tour De

France , Larrouse winning in 1974.

 

 

Peugeot RCZ Turbo

Ligier JS1 / JS2

VBM GTC 4000

 VBM GTC 4000 ( VOITUERE BORNHAUSER METZ )

 ( raced in French GT 1997-01 )

ENGINE : PRV V6 Cylinders 2975cc

            with 2 x Garrett turbos

POWER : 530 BHP quoted for a 2002 road car

WEIGHT : approx 1200 KGS

PRODUCTION : maybe as low as 1 road car

PRICE :

Built in the outskirts of Paris the VBM brought their

interpretation of the iconic Ford GT40 back to Le

Mans in an unsuccesful qualifying attempt in 1995. The

4 min 46 time might have been quick enough a year

earlier but the quality of GT2 entry kept the new car

off the grid in both `95 and `96. The car entered and

driven by Jean-Francois Metz did finish 17th at their

local race , the Montlhery 1000 and 4th at the non

 championship Le Mans 4 hours on the Bugatti circuit.

Returning in 1997 the works entered car enjoyed 4

seasons in French GT taking on the Porsche GT2s with

a best finish of 5th for Patrick Bornhauser and Pierre

 Yver. 1998 the team found its pace with a season best

of 2nd in the final round after 4 previous 3rd places ,

 Olivier Thevenin having replaced Yver. This pairing

enjoyed  18 further top 6 finishes through to the end

of the 2001 season and had a precious single outright

win at Nogaro race 2 in 2000.

In some respects the VBM project was ahead of its

time in reviving the nostalga surrounding the GT40 .  

Ford themselves went on the launch the `GT` in 2004

and a race version finally did make the Le Mans 24

hours grid in 2011.