British sports car maker expands; G40 to be sold later this year
15 March 2010

British sports car maker Ginetta has announced it has bought niche manufacturer Farbio.

Farbio is best known for the GTS, a Porsche Cayman rival.

Read Autocar's test drive of the Farbio GTS

The move allows the Leeds-based marque to sell the GTS under the Ginetta brand, though the car will continue to be produced at Farbio's Bath headquarters and Farbio's founder, Chris Marsh, will continue as managing director.

Commenting on the deal, Marsh said, "It was a welcome move for us as it brings more stability as well as more resources. The accomplishments that have been made by Ginetta have been fantastic, and both companies will benefit."

Farbio was established in 2005 and has made a name for itself by producing the carbonfibre-bodied GTS. Currently the takeover has brought nothing but a new identity for the GTS range, which remains on sale and unchanged.

Another Ginetta road car will join the new GTS later this year, in the form of the 1.8-litre Zetec engined Ginetta G40.

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15 March 2010

At least Ginetta is brand that enthusiasts recognise and there must be a few dealers out there already. The Farbio has always looked good but lacked any image or pedigree, and Ginetta has history on both track and road so its a convenient and worthwile mix.

Maybe they can carry on where TVR, Marcos and Noble left off. (I know Noble are still going but we are talking about the original company that was still realistically priced, not the new one for multi millionaires). Could be a real rival for the Lotus Evora and Porsche Cayman.

15 March 2010

Very glad to read this, we need cars like the Farbio and Ginetta should be a safe pair of hands. But it must be harsh times for specialist car builders at the moment.

16 March 2010

Does anyone know if the Farbio ever went into production? It also got me thinking about the Artega GT - I definitely thought the Artega would have a captive audience.

4 April 2014
I have to agree with others, I much prefer the esthetics of the model to the right of the car.

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