Lavaggi LMP1 Car Breaks Cover
Giovanni Lavaggi’s missing, presumed abandoned, prototype programme has resurfaced, seemingly in a well-advanced state.

dailysportscar.comThe new Lavaggi LS1 LMP1 car, designed by the team owner himself (right), has apparently already passed the FIA’s safety tests and is now being readied for a 2006 season which the team intend will take in the full LMES together with selected outings in the ALMS and the new Japanese AJSCS series. The Monte Carlo based team will also be applying for an entry into the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Lavaggi himself will head up the driving line-up in the Ford V8 powered car, as it carries the white and red colors of the Principality of Monaco around the circuits of the globe.

A qualified mechanical engineer, ex-F1 driver Lavaggi has of course had previous success in the sportscar racing arena with a win at the 24 Hours of Daytona, the 1000 Kilometers of Monza, and the 1993 European INTERSERIE Championship already etched in the career record.

Evidently the appeal of being a driver / constructor is the pull now though:
"The idea to participate in races with a car designed and built by myself was always in me. Since I was a little boy, the high admiration which I always felt for the real big names in the automobile world, was making me dream that I could be able to emulate them one day. And who knows? Maybe the fact of being born on the 18th of February, exactly the same day as Enzo Ferrari’s, has influenced my destiny by an unknown astrological effect, and keeps my passion burning."

We’ll have more from man of destiny Giovanni Lavaggi in the coming days but for now here’s a sneak preview of the car during wind tunnel tests.


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