Most readers will not know Ginetta's name, but this is about to change.
The British motorsport company is one of the world's largest racing car manufacturers, but has also been in the field of road cars over the years and a new one has been unveiled.
Ginetta presented Wednesday the first details of a new supercar to be officially presented at the Geneva International Motor Show, to be held next week. The name has not been announced yet, but we know that the car is constructed of carbon fiber, for the body and chassis, as well as a naturally aspirated V-8 engine producing more than 600 horsepower and 520 pounds of torque.
The engine, which, according to Ginetta, was developed in-house and has a forward midship position, is coupled to a 6-speed sequential gearbox and drives the rear wheels. The empty weight of the car is impressive and the weight distribution is an ideal almost split 49/51 between the front and the back.
The style will not suit everyone, but Ginetta said the inspiration came from the LMP1 racing cars that she built. Much of the design is also functional: Ginetta displays a weight of 829 pounds at 100 mph, 5% less than the Ginetta LMP3 race car. Ginetta points out that her supercar is not based on active aerodynamics.
The design of the suspension also comes from motorsport. A double-wishbone suspension system activated by an adjustable push rod, used in the Ginetta LMP1 car, is used at each corner. A pair of 19-inch wheels lie at the front and 20-inch wheels at the rear. These are covered with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires and carbon ceramic house brakes.
"We have come a long way in 60 years, but we still believe that Ginetta has great untapped potential," said President Lawrence Tomlinson, Le Mans winner, in a statement. "In the 1960s, our G10 was a giant killer on and off the track, regularly beating the Jaguar E-Types; Sixty years later, we are again applying the knowledge and technology from our racing programs to build an uncompromising but highly capable supercar. "
Production will take place at the Ginetta plant, just outside Leeds, UK. Only 20 will be built per year from 2020 and there is no word, if any, in the United States. Tomlinson suggested a figure of around $ 530,000.
The Geneva Auto Show starts on March 5th. To find out more about some of the other vehicles for the Swiss show, visit our dedicated hub.