I don’t think speed cameras will be able to read the new Ginetta supercar’s front plate, a possible plus in case you find this nearly $530,000, LMP1-inspired, front mid-engined British supercar to be a great idea. Ginetta says production will be limited to 20 units in the first year, with 60 percent of the 2020 allocation sold already. That means there are eight more 2020 cars to go before Geneva, where Ginetta will tell us the name of its their 600-horsepower carbon fiber rule-bender.
Ginetta claims this 104-wheelbase two-seater has a “mid- mid-engined layout,” not front mid-engined, as you might expect. The naturally-aspirated, dry-sump V8 is pushed so far back in the carbon monocoque/aluminum honeycomb sandwich chassis that you could put another V8 in front of it. But you won’t need to, since the stock one packs 600 horsepower and 516 foot-pounds of torque. It’s Ginetta’s GT3/LMP1 racing-delivered motor with a billet block and forged inners.
The result is a weight distribution of 49 front/51 rear, with a minimum dry weight of 2535 lbs. ‘Dry weight’ of course refers to a car that has no fluids in it, which means you can’t drive it, but the figure remains promising.
Ginetta’s supercar also has a bespoke transaxle with a carbon fiber propshaft, and a six-speed sequential gearbox featuring full synchromesh and precision ground helical gears, connected to a Torsen-style limited-slip differential. This much torque also demanded a four-plate carbon/hydraulic clutch, with anti-stall functionality.
The steering is hydraulic, while the billet-milled pedal box’s left side is connected to 14.1-inch carbon ceramic brake discs, hidden behind Ginetta’s in-house designed 19/20-inch wheels. The standard tires are Michelin Pilot Sport 4s, with 305-wide rubber at the rear.
The LMP1-looks are not misleading. The suspension has adjustable pushrod activated twin wishbones front and rear, which are TIG welded from “seamless steel aero tubes.” The uprights are made from billet aluminum, with thick torsion bars completing the package.
With pretty much every component of this car being FIA-standard racing stuff, you’ll be happy to learn about such creature comforts as a camera with parking sensors, air-conditioning, heated screens, Bluetooth, wireless charging, and sat-nav. Just like in a Golf, really.
Now, all you need to decide is what sounds best: Ginetta’s 1965 G10, its current LMP1-contender, or the new road car?
By: Mate Petrany, February 27, 2019