Ginetta To Launch New 600bhp Supercar But We Only Have Teaser Images So Far
Ginetta has confirmed that it’s going to launch a new roadgoing supercar later this year, and has released teaser images, which of course show very little (don’t you just hate teaser images…). We can make a few guesses as to the specifications, though, from the company’s current track and race cars. All Ginetta is saying so far is that it will have a carbon fiber tub chassis, full carbon fiber body, race derived 600+ bhp naturally aspirated V8 alloy engine designed and manufactured in-house, sequential gearbox and race-derived aerodynamic package.
Its current £239,000 ($313,000) G58 track day and race car (above left) is capable of 190mph, and is powered by Ginetta’s own 575bhp, 6.2-litre alloy V8. It uses an Xtrac six-speed paddle-shift sequential transaxle, Öhlins dampers and Alcon Monoblock six-pot brake calipers, all in a carbon monocoque shell, and it weighs just 940kg. The styling that can be made out in the teaser looks very different from the G58 though, more like a bigger version of Ginetta’s current Ford V6-engined G55 race cars or the 2012-2015 roadgoing G60 (above right).
The new supercar is clearly going to be more sophisticated than the G55 or the G60, which also used a Ford V6 and a carbon fiber tub within a steel tubular chassis rather than a full carbon fiber monocoque. The new car promises to use much more race technology, built in-house at Ginetta’s factory just outside Leeds in West Yorkshire, UK. The factory is equipped with autoclaves, CNC machining capability and design facilities, and Ginetta claims it carries out more original engineering than any other UK car company of its size. It’s also produced more GT4 cars than any other global manufacturer (over 400 to date), and competes at Le Mans.
The company was founded in 1958 by the four Walklett brothers, building hand-built road and race cars. It was bought by Le Mans winner and entrepreneur Lawrence Tomlinson (above) in 2005. “We’ve come a long way in 60 years but we still believe Ginetta has great untapped potential,” says Tomlinson. “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.”