GINETTA UN­VEILS ‘LMP2 BEATER’

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Ginetta’s new G57 sportscar is ca­pa­ble of be­ing up to three sec­onds per lap faster than an LMP2 ma­chine, ac­cord­ing to com­pany head Lawrence Tom­lin­son.

The Leeds firm lifted the cov­ers off its new sport­spro­to­type dur­ing last week’s Au­tosport Show. The new car is based on Ginetta’s LMP3 de­sign, but with up­graded aero, chas­sis tweaks and a new 580bhp 6.2-litre Chevro­let LS7 en­gine.

The first cars are likely to race in the Euro­pean Vdev sportscar class, with Ginetta in talks to field a works team in the cham­pi­onship.

Tom­lin­son said he saw a big fu­ture for the G57: “The G57 is a ground­break­ing car for us be­cause we al­ways wanted to do a car­bon-tubbed car and this one breaks the mould.

“We’ve put thou­sands of kilo­me­tres of test­ing onto the com­po­nents al­ready and the car feels great to drive. We’ve done the chas­sis, the aero, the en­gine – ev­ery­thing in-house so it shows our full range of abil­i­ties.

“We want it to be three sec­onds faster than an LMP2 car around the Sil­ver­stone GP cir­cuit, and we can def­i­nitely achieve that.”

Tom­lin­son added that he ex­pected the G57 not to be a lim­ited pro­duc­tion run. He said: “When we in­tro­duced the G50 and G55 they weren’t ho­molo­gated GT3 and GT4 cars and peo­ple said what will we do with them. Now look where they are. I see the G57 grow­ing in the same way.”

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