Fresh from successful tests at Motorland Aragon and Spa, Ginetta’s G60-LT-P1 LMP1 car, which is now powered by AER’s high-performance turbocharged V6 engine, has continued to meet Ginetta’s high standards. The Ginetta LMP1 car has always featured very efficient aerodynamics as demonstrated by its cornering speed when it last ran at Le Mans but its overall performance was compromised by its powertrain. With the new British AER engine the package is complete and right on the pace without the benefit of set-up tuning. This further optimisation, means the car now has the potential to challenge for victories.
With the new winter scheduling format, the FIA World Endurance Championship season will begin at Silverstone Circuit in September 2019 and end with the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June 2020.
Ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Ginetta unveiled its all-new G61-LT-P3 LMP3 model at the Circuit de la Sarthe today. The new second generation LMP3 car from Ginetta for the 2020 season, features an uprated power package, LMP1-inspired aerodynamics and enhanced safety credentials as well as a series of detail changes to improve its overall performance.
The LMP3 car is eligible for a number of high-profile international race series next year including the European Le Mans Series, the Michelin Le Mans Cup and the Ultimate Cup Series as a number of global categories adopt the new breed of LMP3 cars.
A reimagined version of previously successful LMP3 models from Ginetta, the 2020 car has benefited from a shared design team directly transferring knowledge and intelligence from the LMP1 programme.
Ginetta is already receiving interest from customers for both prototype programmes.
The step up in focus on sportscar racing at the top level in the prototype classes for Ginetta comes at a hugely significant time for the Yorkshire based British manufacturer, just a few months after the debut of the Akula supercar at the Geneva Auto Show.
The Akula was launched to much critical acclaim by the global media and to strong customer interest around the world and is now close to sold out. The linkage and technology transfer with the Ginetta race car programmes is intrinsic, with the Akula sharing the same design team and drawing inspiration, technology and engineering concepts from the Ginetta LMP1 car. As an example, the Akula features a class leading aerodynamics package, which is on a par with the Ginetta LMP3 car. In fact the new look and aero regulations of the new LMP3 car now more closely resemble that of the Akula.
Given the close-knit nature of Ginetta and its company ethos, customers quickly become part of the family. Barriers often associated with supercar ownership are firmly removed.
Akula owners will be given the opportunity to take part in a Ginetta track day where they will get the chance to experience the range of Ginetta sports racers including the awesome G58 prototype. The ultimate track day car and the closest thing to strapping in to an endurance racer non-professionals are likely to achieve, the G58 is powered by a 575bhp V8 power plant, weighs just 940 kilograms and is capable of speeds in excess of LMP3 cars.
In addition to the new LMP1 and LMP3 programmes and new Akula Supercar, Ginetta’s well established, unique and very successful motorsport programmes continue to thrive. Ginetta offers various steps on the motorsport ladder for young, novice, expert and gentleman racers in front of a massive trackside audience and millions of fans at home in its Ginetta Racing Drivers Club, Junior Championship, G40 Cup, GT4 Supercup and GT5 Supercup.
Ginetta Chairman Lawrence Tomlinson, commented: “We are genuinely excited by the performance and potential of our LMP1 car now we have a competitive powertrain. The aero has always been right up there with the very best and, as testing has shown, with the British AER engine, we now have the package to challenge for best privateer and even an outright win.
“We are proud to have pioneered the LMP3 class and we have comprehensively updated every area for our Gen 2 car to make what we believe is a race winning package. It should be a great car to drive, perfect for pros and gentlemen drivers alike, with a really balanced and predictable handling characteristics.
“These announcements come off the back of some tremendous momentum within the Ginetta brand, when combined with the launch of our road-going Akula supercar and the ongoing success of our entry-level motorsports programme and ladder.”
Tomlinson concluded: “There is a fierce passion that runs through the Ginetta team as the last British-owned sportscar company of any scale. It inspires us to drive for success on and off-track.”