Not a lot of people remember that Ginetta was founded by the four Walkett brothers - Bob, Ivor, Trevor, and Douglas - from Sufford, England in the late 50’s. The brand has since changed hands a couple of times, most recently in 2005 when it was bought by LNT Automotive.
We bring this up because the original owners of Ginetta are making a return in the industry, only this time, they’re starting up a new brand that has been creatively christened as Dare.
Fancy name notwithstanding, the Dare is a sports car that’s being prepared to take on the likes of the Lotus Elise and, in a somewhat ironic twist, the Ginetta G60. Full details have yet to be revealed but the early word is that the Dare will carry a rear-mounted 2.0-liter Ford Ecoboost turbo engine that will pack an impressive 250 horsepower. It’s not quite to the level of the 310-horsepower output of the G60, but it’s fairly close enough to be given serious consideration, especially when you consider that the Dare is expected to weigh only 750 kg/1,653 lbs, around 330 kg/728 lbs lighter than the G60.
The best part is that the Dare, which is expected to make its debut next year, has an estimated price tag of just £30,000 ($47,000 at the current rates), an amount that’s a little more expensive than the Ginetta’s entry-level G40 sports car.
Well, that was fast. Just a couple of days after releasing a teaser image for their new flagship sports car, Ginetta has gone balls to the wall with a full list of details on their G60. The new Ginetta G60 will be limited to only 50 units and will be priced at £68,000 or about $105,000 at the current exchange rates.
Being the first model produced since Ginetta took over Farbio Sports, the G60 benefits from this union with a heavily reworked version of the carbon fiber-tubbed Farbio GTS. According to the official press release, Ginetta states that the G60’s tub is now stiffer and easier to manufacture. Other additions to the Ginetta process are arelaigned driver position, stripped out weight, and new body panels.
The Ginetta G60 is powered by a Ford Mustang 3.7-liter V6 engine that delivers a total of 310 HP. This power will sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 4 seconds and up to a top speed of 165 mph.
Hit the jump to read more about the new Ginetta G60.
We’ve come to know Ginetta as a company that has made a name for itself in the industry for producing track-focused race cars and kit cars like the Ginetta F400 and the Ginetta G40. Apparently, the British automaker has set its sights on building a new sports car, one that the company is expecting to sell to a more mainstream market.
No word yet on what the name of the future sports car is going to be, but Ginetta has nonetheless released a teaser photo, as well as performance details of the car, giving us an indication of what to expect when it officially breaks cover.
According to Ginetta, the future sports car will make extensive use of carbon fiber to keep its overall weight at just under 2,425 lbs. In addition, Ginetta is putting in a more-than-respectable 3.7-liter engine that delivers 310 horsepower while hitting a 0-60 mph time of just under four seconds and an overall top speed of 165 mph.
Seems a little weird that we already have an expected price tag for the car - £70,000 ($110,000) - yet we still don’t know what it’s going to be called. In any case, expect an announcement from Ginetta in the coming weeks about their new road-ready sports car.
If you’ve ever heard of Ginetta Cars and they’re flagship supercar, the F400, then you need to pat yourself on the back for actually knowing the story behind this British supercar.
The name ’F400’ actually wasn’t the car’s first name. Matter of fact, Ginetta actually didn’t build the car, either. That distinction belongs to Farboud, which conceived, designed, and developed the car back in 2002 as the GTS. But for one reason or another, the Farboud GTS project never got off the ground and in March of 2010, the rights to the brand and the car were officially sold to Ginetta.
With a new supercar in tow, all Ginetta had to do was re-badge the GTS to the F400 and thus, their newest supercar was born.
For all of its backstory, the F400 still remains a largely unnoticed supercar. But in the year that has passed since Ginetta acquired Farboud and the GTS, the only way for the F400 to go is up.
The small English sports car builder Ginetta unveiled their new G40 sports car at the 2010 Autosport International Show. According to Ginetta’s Chairman Lawrence Tomlinson, he was "delighted that Autosport visitors had the first glimpse of Ginetta’s stunning new car. The G40 is the most versatile road and race car on the market today - with safety features that exceed all FIA regulations. We have been completely overwhelmed by demand for the G40 and I just can’t wait to see it out on the grid in its first Ginetta Junior race in April" and promises to be the car to watch in 2010.
Ginetta has a history of creating compact cost effective racing cars for privateers wishing to go racing. The G40 offers all of those things in the form of a four wheeled 1,900 pound package powered by an 1800cc sealed Zetec engine to ensure that the competition stays fair between the 26 competitors who will buy in at around $40,750 as well as a plane ticket to to the U.K.