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Ginetta’s 600bhp, 1150kg Supercar Blends LMP1 Tech And A Big Boot

Ginetta has launched a brand new, limited-run V8 supercar with a mighty power-to-weight ratio and all of the carbonfibre

Remind me later

Brace your senses for an assault: this new Ginetta supercar wants a brawl with all of them.

Although Ginetta hasn’t revealed its formal name, yet, we know almost everything else. For starters, look how mean it is. You wouldn’t call it pretty from any angle but dear Lord it means business.

Ginetta’s 600bhp, 1150kg Supercar Blends LMP1 Tech And A Big Boot - News

A fully carbonfibre monocoque chassis is wrapped in carbonfibre body panels that unashamedly place function before form in the same way as the McLaren Senna. The result is an ugliness you can respect 100 per cent.

Power comes from Ginetta’s own new 6.0-litre naturally aspirated V8, which is mounted in a true mid-mid layout for 49:51 front-rear weight distribution and none of the snappy antics of most cars that place their engine amidships in the more usual rear-mid position.

Ginetta’s 600bhp, 1150kg Supercar Blends LMP1 Tech And A Big Boot - News

There are no turbos here, thanks, and no clever gizmos to help balance the car mid-corner, either: just the crispest of throttle responses via throttle bodies developed in-house.

The result is a tack-sharp 600bhp minimum along with 516lb ft in a package that weighs just 1150kg dry, despite meeting FIA roll-over strength standards. Just 20 of the cars will be built next year, with 12 already sold before this reveal.

Ginetta’s 600bhp, 1150kg Supercar Blends LMP1 Tech And A Big Boot - News

LMP1-derived fixed aerodynamics come via the rear wing, front air channelling and slash-cut side-exit exhausts. Ginetta claims that the car’s downforce of 376kg at 100mph is within five per cent of a Ginetta LMP3 car. The carbonfibre steering wheel is LMP1-inspired, too. Gear shifts come from an aggressively-tuned race-spec six-speed sequential with paddle-shift. It all adds to the character of a race car, says Ginetta, despite the new supercar being road legal.

Ginetta’s 600bhp, 1150kg Supercar Blends LMP1 Tech And A Big Boot - News

What little bounce there is is handled by adjustable pushrod-actuated double-wishbone suspension in a design similar to the one used on Ginetta’s LMP1 car. It’s set up to prioritise feel, just like the increasingly old-school hydraulic steering.

Lightweight seats for a driver and single passenger are moulded into the carbon tub itself, so the accelerator and brake pedals are contained within a pedal box that can be moved to suit different leg lengths.

Amazingly, despite all this, the car packs a vast 675-litre boot, roughly equivalent to a Skoda Superb estate. You really could daily this thing…

Ginetta’s 600bhp, 1150kg Supercar Blends LMP1 Tech And A Big Boot - News

Ceramic, track-focused brakes peek out from behind 19- and 20-inch wheels front and rear. They use Ginetta’s own centre locks for easy wheel removal and replacement in a pit garage environment. Michelin supply the sticky Pilot Sport 4S tyres in 235/35 and 305/30 sizes.

Prices will be in the region of £400,000. The car’s name will be revealed soon, before production commences alongside Ginetta’s racing cars at the company’s factory near Leeds. Further high-power, low-weight road cars are to follow.