Big news. Ginetta has confirmed that it will launch an all-new supercar later this year with a naturally aspirated V8 engine producing more than 600hp. The model, which is intended to infuse motorsport tech and hardware with on-road usability, ought to serve as a rival for lightweight supercars such as the McLaren 600LT and Porsche 911 GT3 RS, although it'll use a more traditional front-mid engine layout.
Ginetta's in-house team is developing and building the car's aluminium block engine, which will come mated to a motorsport-spec sequential gearbox and drive the rear wheels exclusively. The powertrain will be mounted within an all-carbon fibre tub and carbon body, produced by the Leeds firm using the same manufacturing processes it has honed in building its G55 GT4 racing cars. Although details are currently scarce, expect its engineers to also borrow weight saving techniques and suspension technology from the development of Ginetta's LMP1 car.
The same race-to-road transition will be true of aerodynamic package, some of which can be seen in the official - albeit computer generated - preview images. The new model obviously sports a low, prototype-like nose sat between large intakes up front, suggesting that the motor is pushed as far back against the bulkhead as possible. The curving roofline and short, taut back-end is typical of a Ginetta, while the fixed rear wing suggests significant downforce potential.
Although now more famous for its racing efforts, which range from the World Endurance Championship right down to its own one-make G40 Junior championship, Ginetta is no stranger to road car development. It's only been four years since the V6-powered G60 was canned after just 50 were made, and lessons learned from that project ought to be useful in making the new 600hp model a success.
Ginetta chairman and former Le Mans GT2 class winner Lawrence Tomlinson said today's announcement was evidence of how "Ginetta has great untapped potential". He added that the company was "applying knowledge and technology from our racing programmes to build an uncompromised yet utterly capable road-going supercar".