LIGIER AMBRA COUNTRY
Built in 2000
The company making Ligier cars was founded by Guy Ligier, and was involved in motor racing from 1971. In 1996 a Ligier driven by Panis drove to victory in the Monaco Grand Prix. The same year, Ligier announced that he was retiring from motor sport to concentrate on the development and production of the tiny moped-engined cars his company had been making since 1980, and the Ligier formula 1 team henceforth came under the control of Alain Prost. From those small and unsophisticated original types the little Ligier evolved through many models. The current range is one of the leading European brands of "quadricycle", eligible for driving on B1 licence.
The car shown is a Ligier Ambra Country, powered by a Lombardini twin cylinder engine of 505cc both petrol and diesel versions can be specified, but diesel is the more usual. A higher specification GLX version is also available, as are other models in the home country of France and elsewhere in mainland Europe. The bodywork, in common with several of its rivals, is of polycarbonate panels over a welded aluminium frame, providing substantial protection for the occupants, with minimum weight.
Ligier cars are imported and distributed in the UK by Reliant, an old established company that has only recently ceased production of its own three-wheeled cars.
The Register now welcomes the less unusual modern microcars. Class B1 licence eligible.