The Ginetta name might not ring a bell when it comes to road-going cars, but in the world of motorsports, the name is fairly well known. Earlier this year, Ginetta stepped into prototype racing with a new car known as the 2015 Ginetta-Juno LMP Track Car. That specific car was eligible for a number of different race categories, including the European Le Mans series. It was also aimed at the Asian Le Mans Series as well. And now, with 2015 coming to an end, Ginetta has announced another all-new prototype called the Ginetta G57.
Ginetta put a lot of work into the G57, and as fate would have it, the G57 has already been accepted for racing in the French VdeV series, as well as other open sports car championships. We don’t know a whole lot about the new G57, as it has yet to make its official public debut. That won’t take place until mid-January at Autosport International – Europe’s premier pre-season motorsport show.
We may not be able to cover the G57 in extreme detail as we would like to do, at least not until January 14th when it makes its official debut. In the meantime, however, we’ve covered it as well as we can below, so keep on reading to see all the details we’ve obtained thus far.
Continue reading to learn more about the Ginetta G57 Prototype Racer.
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.
Click past the jump to read more about the Ginetta-Juno LMP Track Car.
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.
Being the first model produced since Ginetta took over Farbio Sports, the G60 benefited from the union with a heavily reworked version of the carbon fiber-tubbed Farbio GTS. According to the official press release, Ginetta stated that the G60’s tub is now stiffer and easier to manufacture. Other additions to the Ginetta were a realigned driver position, stripped out weight, and new body panels. The Ginetta G60 was powered by a Ford Mustang 3.7-liter, V6 engine that delivered a total of 310 HP. The car could travel from 0 to 60 mph in just 4 seconds and had a top speed of 165 mph. The G60 was limited to only 50 units and was priced at £68,000 or about $105,000.
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.
Details on the Ginetta F400 after the jump.
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.
Press release after the jump.
Ginetta Cars unveiled the G50, an all-new British sports car for 2008. The car has been designed in-house at LNT Automotive’s new purpose-built factory in Leeds. The G50 was a celebration of 50 years of British sports car manufacturing by the company, and has been designed as the base for a new generation of Ginetta sports cars. The G50 was designed to bridge the gap between single-make, sports car racing such as the Ginetta G20 championship – and GT cars such as the new GT4 Championship, GT3 and GT2 racing. The G50 was a rear-wheel drive model, powered by a front-mid mounted, Ford-made 3.5- litre, V6 engine with an output of 300 bhp, with a five-speed sequential gearbox.