Ginetta may be one of Britain’s lesser-known manufacturers when it comes to road cars, but the Leeds-based company is quite active in the world of motorsports. It runs three different championships in the UK, two of which can be seen alongside famous series such as the British Touring Car Championship and the British GT. For 2015, Ginetta is venturing into prototype racing with an LMP track car that’s eligible for a wide range of categories, including the European Le Mans Series and the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans race. The project comes to life with support from Juno Racing Cars, a sports car constructor Ginetta has purchased in 2014.
The Brits are the first to unveil a race car for the LMP3 class, a brand-new category introduced for both the European and Asian Le Mans Series. The new class slots right below the LMP2 category and above the LM GTE Pro, with the cars featuring a closed cockpit configuration and a similar exterior design. Just like LMP1 and LMP2 cars, the LMP3 racers must include a carbon-fiber chassis, a metal roll bar, a shark’s fin mounted behind the cockpit and openings on top of the wheel arches.
The European and Asian Le Mans Series are the only competitions Ginetta is aiming with the LMP3 track car. The Brits claim the vehicle is eligible for the Malaysian Super Series, Open Sports Car Series, Dutch SuperCar Challenge and the Britcar Endurance Championship as well. Read on for the full details.
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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.
Note: Photo is of the Ginetta G40.
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.