Ginetta is Working on a V8-Powered Supercar for 2019 Debut

Automotive News 57 January 30, 2019 by

British sports and race car manufacturer Ginetta has revealed that it’s working on its own supercar.

Outside of the UK, Ginetta is probably better known for its racing cars. In recent years it’s been manufacturing one of the few non-hybrid LMP1 racers, the G60-LT-P1, which debuted at Le Mans in 2018. It’s also one of a handful of manufacturers participating in LMP3.

The brand’s road car offerings focus on lightweight two-seaters, which also have race car derivatives. Ginetta manufacturers a GT3 version of its G55 road car, and to date has supplied more GT4 racers than any other manufacturer.

It should come as little surprise then that Ginetta is using its experience in LMP1, P2 and P3 racing to produce a race-derived supercar. Despite the size of the company, Ginetta — based near Leeds in West Yorkshire, UK — does the majority of its engineering in-house.

Today’s initial reveal includes some details, but for now it’s keeping most of the information under its hat. What we do know is that the car will use a carbon-fiber tub chassis and a fully carbon-fiber body. It will also sport what Ginetta terms “a race-derived aerodynamic package”.

Power will come from a 600hp+, naturally aspirated alloy V8 that Ginetta says it has also developed in-house. This is likely related to the 6.2-liter V8, also a Ginetta engine, found in the G58 racer, which replaced a Chevrolet LS3. From the teaser images this could be front- or front-mid-mounted.

Lawrence Tomlinson, the chairman of Ginetta, commented:

“We’ve come a long way in 60 years but we still believe Ginetta has great untapped potential. In the 1960s our G10 was a giant killer on and off the track, regularly beating Jaguar E-Types. Sixty years on, we’re again applying knowledge and technology from our racing programmes to build an uncompromised yet utterly capable road-going supercar.”

Given the its racing origins, and Ginetta’s participation in racing from GT4 up to LMP1, we’d expect the new car to also be race-ready. That could mean another potential entry for the FIA’s new hypercar category, which is due to replace LMP1 from 2020.

We’ll likely discover more about the car, including its name, at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

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