Ginetta Cars Hit The Roads
Well...sort of. Le Mans road trip is part of final development
We met up with the owner of Ginetta cars just before Le Mans for a poke around the three prototypes he'd driven down from Leeds (not personally - you can't drive three cars at once, obviously) for the Supercar Parade in the French city's centre on the Friday before the race.
The cars that Ginetta brought down were all still very much prototypes but, after a long gestation period for both the baby track-car G40 R and the bigger almost-supercar F400 which has involved all manner of trials from factory relocations to fires, the cars are finally here.
And handle well the Ginetta ought to "We wanted to make a proper track car for the road," says Tomlinson. "That's why we've put a full FIA-spec roll cage in." He doesn't say as much, but the G40 R is clearly going to be occupying a lightweight, hardcore niche in the market recently vacated by a certain Norfolk manufacturer. At a predicted sub-£30k price point there certainly isn't anything else like it.
Your guess is as good as ours on that one, but that does seem to imply an expected cost of less than £100k.
Ginetta still has a long way to go before it can really call itself a manufacturer but, on the evidence of these prototypes at least, it's deadly serious about getting there.
The G40R is really coming together, love to see it on TB's
Not too sure what its larger brother will cost or where it will fit in, a lot of this type of car seem to have problems fitting in to the world and £100k is top end GT3 RS money, top end TVR / old Noble type money would be better, but im sure nothing is cheap to build today. (Sadly)
I am pleasantly surprised at how well the G40 is coming together. I always regarded it as a highly functional but rather ugly racecar, but in its latest iteration it is looking well resolved and purposeful. It looks like a really hard, nugetty little car that means business. I'd consider one for sure.
The f400 is lovely. Get the pricing right and it may just work out for them.
Bravo, chaps !
Love the G40R in white.
I'd like to think I'd buy one if I had the money, but like most people I probably wouldn't.
I really want the G40 to succeed but its in a very difficult place in the market.
Someone's got to buy them and its a fairly brave guy who ignores a new 370Z/Cayman et al to go and spend his own hard-earned cash on a G40 to use as an only car.