The JS19 was designed by Michel Beaujon under the technical direction of Jean-Pierre Jabouille. The car was powered by V12 Matra MS81 engine badged as Talbot. The chassis had side pods which enclosed the rear suspension linkage, which minimised disruption to the air flow, and had skirts running their full length for maximum ground-effect. The JS19 was introduced for its first race in the 1982 Monaco Grand Prix. Eddie Cheever and Jacques Laffite, qualified 16th and 18th on the grid, respectively, but both retired. After the race the skirts were found to be inappropriate, and the team was to remove the portion of the skirts behind the rear-wheel centreline which resulted in a loss of downforce. The car returned to track in the Dutch Grand Prix. The best result of JS19 was 3rd place finish achieved by Laffite in Austria and by Cheever in Caesars Palace Grand Prix in Las Vegas.
|Jacques Laffite||26||Equipe Talbot Gitanes|