The Ginetta G60 was the second new Ginetta road car we’ve driven recently, the first being the small, track-focused Ginetta G40 R coupé.
The G60 is a bigger car but with fewer sales ambitions to go with its higher price. Only around 50 will roll from Ginetta’s Yorkshire factory each year.
The G60 is in fact based on the Farbio GTS, the design for which Ginetta became the owners of when it bought the Bath-based firm. Like the GTS, the G60 is still carbonfibre tubbed and bodied, but everything from the front number plate backwards has been reworked.
The G60 now weighs just 1080kg, about 400kg less than the Farbio. Power is from a 3.7-litre Ford V6, making 310bhp at 6500rpm and revving out to 7000rp,. There’s no ABS, traction control, power steering or servo-assisted brakes; so although it is usable on a daily basis, you can infer that a G60 is likely to be a pretty hardcore machine compared to the traditional opposition.
Our test car was a pre-production prototype, but the basics of it were very promising. Fundamentally the G60 has a lot of things going for it, and significant among them are the way it looks and feels. It’s a well proportioned car and two static examples, unveiled just before our drive, look very well finished. Buyers can opt for a variety of carbonfibre trim upgrades, paint finishes and interior trims as well.
The cabin layout is tidy and there’s a particularly nice central touch-screen to handle the entertainment and air-con systems. There’s not too much wrong with the driving position that slightly more space around the throttle wouldn’t fix, either.
It’s the fundamentals that are right about most other things, too. It’s impossible to properly gauge the way a car rides when you’ve only got a recently surfaced race track for company, but ride over the odd kerb and the G60 seems to have a well-damped, firm yet supple set-up, while maintaining very tight control of its body. That’s the hallmark of a properly sorted sports car.
It certainly sounds and goes like one. The V6 makes a proper yelp on full throttle, and the G60 took off down Silverstone’s straights at Aston V8-matching pace. The claim is a 0-60mph time of 4.9sec, which is feasible, as is the 165mph top end. Yet the engine note is suitably restrained should you back off, throttle response is linear and the gearshift positive. Ginetta wants the G60 to be a car you can use every day and, on this evidence, it is.