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.
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.
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.