ART Grand Prix might be European Le Mans Series debutants this year but they already boast one of the finest pedigrees in French motorsport, having won multiple titles across various international championships.

The journey started in 1996 when French engineer Frédéric Vasseur, a graduate of the prestigious ESTACA aviation and automotive engineering school, founded ASM in order to compete in French F3. The squad immediately proved successful and sealed the 1998 crown with Belgian driver David Saelens.

2003 saw the French and German Formula 3 championships merge to become the F3 Euro Series. This began a dominant era for ASM – with Vasseur’s outfit winning every title up to and including 2009 – while nurturing future Formula 1 stars Sebastian Vettel, Romain Grosjean and Jules Bianchi.

Having overseen the highly successful F3 Euro Series programme, Vasseur joined forces with Nicolas Todt over the winter of 2004/2005 to create ART Grand Prix. The plan was to enter the newly established GP2 Series, the official feeder category to Formula 1. ASM and ART Grand Prix would eventually merge in 2007.

ART excelled in the opening season of GP2, securing the Teams’ and Drivers’ championship double with Nico Rosberg. The French squad would repeat this feat in ‘06 and ‘09 courtesy of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Hulkenberg respectively.

ART Grand Prix would continue to build on their premise of bringing young talent to the fore by overseeing successive GP3 title successes for future F1 drivers Esteban Guttierez and Valtteri Bottas in 2010 and ’11, while they remain undefeated in the Teams’ championship since the series’ inauguration in 2010.

Having conquered the junior single-seater ranks, the outfit launched a GT programme in early 2012 by entering a McLaren 12C GT3 in the Blancpain Endurance Series. It didn’t take long to establish themselves as Pro-Am Cup front-runners, winning the Spanish finale at Navarra in their debut season.

Running an additional Pro Cup entry in 2013, ART continued to amass GT experience with Andy Soucek, Mike Parisy and Antoine Leclerc scoring a podium at the Nurburgring 1000km in September.

This year they’ll continue to run two McLaren 12C GT3s in both the Blancpain Endurance Series and European Le Mans Series alongside their commitments in GP2, GP3 and Eurocup FR2.0 single-seater programmes.