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    After an indifferent season this year, the new Ligier-Gitanes Formula One racing car was unveiled to newsmen at the Paul Ricard circuit near Nice on Tuesday (7 December).

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    After an indifferent season this year, the new Ligier-Gitanes Formula One racing car was unveiled to newsmen at the Paul Ricard circuit near Nice on Tuesday (7 December).

    SYNOPSIS: The car has been built by Guy Ligier, the former french racing driver, who campaigned a prototype in last season's grand prix circuit. The car will head a two-pronged French attack on next year's grand prix season which looks set to be one of the most hotly contested for year. Renault are soon to release their first ever formula one racer, a one and a half litre turbo-charged machine. Ferrari, McLaren, March, Lotus, Alfa-Brabham and BRM will also have completely new cars.

    The Ligier-Gitanes will be driven, as last season, by Frenchman Jacques Laffite, who gained pole position last season in the Italian grand prix at Monza, eventually finishing third. He gained a meritorious second place in the Austrian grand prix. Laffite finished seventh overall in the drivers' championship with 20 points. The V-12 Matra engine has been completely modified for next season.

    The prototype last season established itself as being competitive with the top formula one cars and the makes are very optimistic for next year. M. Ligier said the team had learned a lot from the rigorous grand prix circuit last season. The main problems had been in organisation he said. The team had not been prepared for the demands of the year's racing. The new car has the total confidence of its creators.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABGHT2NZ552UOTLA3UYFVGUPAL
    Media URN:
    VLVABGHT2NZ552UOTLA3UYFVGUPAL
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/12/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
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    N/A

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