The interior of the G40R we tested is not yet finished. And, to be fair to Ginetta, it knows as much and is keen for you to know that the completed article will be an improvement over the one pictured here.
It won’t take much to turn what is a tatty but ergonomically sound cabin into something perfectly acceptable. We can live with the bare plastic seats because, even though they’re a pain to get into and the seatbelt latch is hard to reach, they offer excellent support and a fine driving position. We’d also keep the drilled aluminium pedals and their generous spacing, plus the high-mounted position of the gearlever and the reach- and rake-adjustable wheel. What needs work, however, is the finish on the transmission tunnel and centre console, and some material improvements at various points around the cabin.
What will remain the same, thankfully, is the relatively airy nature of this interior – and we emphasise the word relatively. If you expect Nissan 370Z levels of commodiousness or ease of egress from the G40R, you’ll come away disappointed. But there is adequate shoulder room for two, decent headroom once you’re ensconced in those hugging bucket seats and plenty of foot room near that pedal box.
The boot is large, too. Lotus founder Colin Chapman was an uncompromising man who gave short shrift to those who thought his cars could use more cabin room. Current Ginetta boss Lawrence Tomlinson is much taller than Chapman, but similarly uncompromising – except that he insists that his cars’ boots can hold two sets of golf clubs.