This is the new Ginetta G55 GT racer, which the Leeds-based sports car maker and race constructor will reveal in the metal at the Autosport International show at the NEC in January.
The Ginetta G55 is essentially an evolution of the successful G50 coupe, which has for several years supported the BTCC with a one-make series, as well as competing in GT4 endurance racing around the world.
The plan is to introduce the new G55 into racing alongside the G50, to create the Ginetta GT Supercup, a move that emulates the class structure in other worldwide GT championships such as the Le Mans Series, ALMS and British GT.
The car itself gets a bored-out 3.7-litre Ford V6 (the G50's unit is 3.5 litres), with 370bhp (up from 300bhpin the G50), a Hewland gearbox, cool-air induction kit, uprated front and rear brakes, new exhaust system and new bodywork with the focus placed on improved aerodynamics.
If you want a G55 built from scratch, it will set you back £75,000, while existing G50 owners and racers can upgrade to the new car for £25k.
"The G50 has dominated GT4 since its launch two years ago and proved itself as a real stepping stone into the GT4 arena," says Ginetta boss Lawrence Tomlinson. "By introducing the G55 into the new Ginetta GT Supercup, I want to broaden Ginetta's offering to all drivers expanding our career ladder even further and highlight a real route into GT3 - whilst still providing an affordable way to enjoy top level racing."
Talking of affordable, if you fancy a season racing Ginettas, the entry fee for G50s is £9750 plus VAT, while the G55 is £11,750 plus VAT.
Looks lovely I always thought the G50 was a real progression for Ginetta's (in my opinion) never-quite-got-it-right design history but still wasn't quite there. This is bloody nice though - excellent job. Are they planning on making any road cars? Is the G50 available for the road - I don't remember hearing anything about it?
What would be the point of a road car of this ilk? You can't use a car like this on the road, and doing so would make it heavy and compromised anyway. Keep it as a race version and get more people racing!
£25k to swap your car for a new model? Wonder what basis that is on; age, condition etc? Or have I got the wrong end of the stick?
Old car was £50k and you get £50k off the new car if you trade it in. Doesn't that mean it's cost you nothing for a year? Don't see BMW doing that and offering you £40k off a new 5 series when you trade in your 3 after a year. Bargain!
Where will the G55 fit into the rough global GT class structure? Will they be proper GT3-class cars? Could never quite figure out where the G50 sat
The G50 Cup is essentially a national only one make series - it doesn't particularly fit into the "global GT structure" except as a one make feeder series. The G50 GT4 version was homologated for NAtional & European GT4 class racing.
The G55 will be eligible for national GT3 series run by the SRO (eg. British, Belgian) but not the main FIA GT3 due to lack of road cars (as per Mosler).
That's the way I read it.
Also... does anyone know anymore about the "Ginetta GT Supercup" referenced in the article? Is it just a renaming of the existing G50 series but open to the G55 as well (plus G40?)
I think the G50 Cup becomes the Ginetta GT Supercup with 2 classes - one for the G55 & one for the existing G50. The G40 is eligible for one of 2 classes in the "Gineta Challenge" series (which takes place on the Brit GT Support package) along with a class for the older G20s.