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