UK firm is poised to unveil a bold 200mph-plus supercar brimming with racing tech at the Geneva show
Steve Cropley Autocar
30 January 2019

Ginetta, the Leeds-based sports and race car constructor, will shock the supercar world this spring with the launch of a highly sophisticated, 200mph-plus supercar designed to catapult it into the high-performance road car arena currently occupied by Ferrari, Aston Martin and McLaren

The company, owned by Le Mans GT2 class winner Lawrence Tomlinson and well known for launching and backing a successful ‘own brand’ UK sports car racing series, is likely to have its new supercar ready to make a ‘wild card’ entry at the Geneva motor show in March. 

Tomlinson plans use the new Ginetta project to support his promising LMP1 Le Mans racing project, begun last year, and to showcase Ginetta’s substantial in-house technical capabilities. In recent years, the company has installed autoclaves and CNC machining capability and has greatly expanded its design facilities. It now does more original engineering than any other UK car company of its size. 

The new supercar is likely to be ready for its first customers late this year. It will have an ultra-light carbonfibre tub chassis, plus carbon outer panels and a radical aerodynamic package designed entirely inside the company’s Garforth premises. Ginetta is still deciding the pricing, but the model is likely to be on a similar level to McLaren’s and Aston’s best-performing series models. 

The new Ginetta’s showpiece is a bespoke, super-compact 6.0-litre normally aspirated V8 engine with its block machined entirely from aluminium billet. Drive is through a sequential paddle-shift gearbox designed in-house by Ginetta in partnership with a UK gearbox company. 

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The engine is designed and assembled entirely by Ginetta’s own technicians, right down to a unique set of own-design throttle bodies. Although very light and compact, the V8 is believed to produce more than 600bhp, enough to propel the car well beyond 200mph and to produce acceleration described as “blistering”. 

The new Ginetta will have a front/mid-engined layout, with its dry-sumped, north-south engine sited low and so far back that it is almost centrally mounted, for ideal weight distribution. The race-bred, double-wishbone, pushrod-activated suspension has also been created in-house. 

Engineers, led by Tomlinson himself, are understood be using the full gamut of race car design capabilities to keep kerb weight as much as 200kg below the 1400kg threshold established by the best of its rivals. Ginetta is understood to have chosen and registered a name for the car, but won’t reveal it until later in the year.

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30 January 2019

This will not end well.

30 January 2019

there's more to an aston than a spec sheet of performance potential

30 January 2019

I'm pretty sure the only shock will come if this turns out to NOT just be some car made in a shed, and / or vapourware.

 

 

30 January 2019

Or Lawrence's house? Neither are sheds! And since he lives in a village, where every other car is an Aston/Ferrari/Bentley/Rolls etc, he probably wants something different to park in the golf-club car-park, assuming that he doesn't just walk.

30 January 2019

I wish them well. This certainly sounds more promising than some of the fanciful £2million plus Hypercars from companies you've never heard of, Ginetta do at least have some pedigree and a successful race series behind them. If they don't overreach themselves this should be a good thing.

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30 January 2019
Leslie Brook wrote:

I wish them well. This certainly sounds more promising than some of the fanciful £2million plus Hypercars from companies you've never heard of, Ginetta do at least have some pedigree and a successful race series behind them. If they don't overreach themselves this should be a good thing.

My thoughts exactly, Ginetta are a successful racing team/company, good luck to them, hope it works out and is a success.

30 January 2019

 can’t remember a Road Car let alone one road tested by the Mag or any Mag for that matter, so there Cars and this 200mph+ Car are unknown quantity other than the Race series that’s been going for a while.

Peter Cavellini.

30 January 2019
Peter Cavellini wrote:

 can’t remember a Road Car let alone one road tested by the Mag or any Mag for that matter, so there Cars and this 200mph+ Car are unknown quantity other than the Race series that’s been going for a while.

 

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/ginetta/g40

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/ginetta/g40/first-drives/ginetta-g40-r

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/ginetta/g60-2012-2015

 

30 January 2019
Peter Cavellini wrote:

 can’t remember a Road Car let alone one road tested by the Mag or any Mag for that matter, so there Cars and this 200mph+ Car are unknown quantity other than the Race series that’s been going for a while.

They've been building Road Cars since 1958

Birds Eye Potato Waffles, they're Waffly Versatile

30 January 2019

Well I suppose that everything is relative!  But on a more serious note, Ginetta seems to be doing everything that TVR isn't and with very little fanfare - and presumably making some money out of it. 

Good luck to the company. 

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