Drove the new Ginetta G60 this week, on decent Welsh roads for a decent period of time, against some highly reputable opposition (Nissan GTR, Porsche Cayman, Audi R8 and Lotus Evora), all of which you can read about in the magazine next week.
While I won’t ruin the suspense and tell you which car won and why etc, what I can tell you is that the Ginetta aquitted itself very, very well indeed – because it is truly one heck of a car. It also sounds absolutely outrageous, as you can hear for yourself if you click on this soundbite.
Apologies for the quality of the recording; it was done on an iPhone using a voice recorder app. Even so, you can still get half an idea as to what the G60 sounds like with the taps open wide in second and third gear. For the best results I’d suggest you don a set of headphones and turn the volume up to 11.
And remember, that’s a humble 3.7-litre Ford V6 you’re listening to, being driven on a public road that happened to be soaking wet at the time. Which will also give you a clue as to how much traction the mid-engined G60 can generate. And how fast it accelerates through second and third gears.
Either way, a new era in great British sports cars is emerging from behind the doors of the garage marked ‘Ginetta.’ And the G60, along with the already excellent G40R, is merely the latest chapter in a story that’s going to get better, you suspect, in years to come. You could even call it a landmark moment, especially given the quality of the opposition it squares up to.