British sports carmaker Ginetta would like you remind you that they exist and that they plan on making a new supercar very soon.
If you’ve never even heard of Ginetta, that’s fine--it’s one of the many boutique specialist car companies that exist in Britain along with Ariel and TVR. The company specializes in making sports cars and racers for various racing championships.
Their current lineup mostly consists of the G40 and G55. The G40 comes in both road-legal and track-only versions and serves as a sort of entry-level sports car. In road form, the G40 comes with the engine and gearbox from an older Mazda MX-5, those being a 2.0-L inline 4 cylinder with 175 hp and a 6-speed manual transmission. In race form, the G40 comes with a Ford-sourced 1.8-L inline 4-banger with 165 hp and a 6-speed sequential gearbox.
Both cars are extremely light and handle brilliantly, although the G40R (R for road-going) is about as barebones a sport compact coupe as you can possibly imagine. It has air conditioning, but that’s about it. It even still has its roll cage from its racing days.
The G55, on the other hand, is a purebred racer for the GT3 series and is even raced in its own one-make racing series. Under the hood is a 4.35-L V8 produced in-house for the GT3 series or a 3.7-L Ford V6 for the Ginetta GT Supercup series.
So Ginetta makes real cars with real pedigree. And now they’re going to make a supercar.
We know very little about their upcoming supercar mostly because it seems that Ginetta also doesn’t know much about it. They have no name, no specs, and no pricing available. They know it will have a carbon fiber body with a carbon fiber monocoque chassis, and that the engine will be built in-house and have over 600 hp.
According to Autoblog, that 600 hp V8 is likely to be the same one from their prototype series G58 racer. We can also expect the car to be very light and will probably come very basic: don’t expect autonomous driving or any sort of driver assistance software or fancy sensors. If we get air conditioning and a CD player, we can count ourselves lucky.
The single teaser image seems to be a cross between a Miata and a Corvette. This likely means we’ll see a front-engine supercar, but other than that we’ll have to wait and see what Ginetta comes up with.