Motor Sport News - - Ginetta G57 Track Test - TECH SPEC

Chas­sis: Car­bon­fi­bre Ginetta LMP3 with steel roll hoop struc­ture, 105-litre fuel cell En­gine: 6.2-litre Chevro­let LS3 V8, nat­u­rally as­pi­rated with dry sum oil sys­tem Power: 575bhp Torque: 640Nm Trans­mis­sion: Xtrac six-speed se­quen­tial transaxle gear­box with Me­ga­line pneu­matic pad­dle shift Sus­pen­sion: Dou­ble wish­bone with Oh­lins TTX three-way ad­justable dampers Brakes: Six-pot calipers with 355mm ven­ti­lated steel discs [car­bon­fi­bre op­tional] Wheels/tyres: 13x18 braid-forged wheels with Miche­lin 30/65/18 front, 31/71/18 rear Di­men­sions: Length: 4650mm. Width: 1900mm. Height: 1200mm. Wheel­base: 2900mm. Price: £191,000

“You can buy the Chevy pretty much as ready to go ‘crate en­gines’ from Chevro­let, and spares are avail­able ev­ery­where. The units then go through our in-house tun­ing depart­ment and we fit our own sump and oil pump kit and a host of other up­grades and ar­rive

a spec that pushes out 575bhp in un­lim­ited mode. We then war­ranty the en­gines to 15,000km.”

On its first test at Sil­ver­stone, the G57P2 was ca­pa­ble of match­ing LMP2 pace, which was ex­actly Ginetta’s goal.

“We wanted to give this Lmp2-style ex­pe­ri­ence for a frac­tion of the cost,” says Baldry. “We had that LMP3 ex­pe­ri­ence, and as a com­pany Ginetta had run LMP1 en­tries too. We were able step back and look at the lim­i­ta­tions LMP3 and en­gi­neer a way around them. This car was es­sen­tially a blank can­vas.”

Nat­u­rally, tak­ing a heav­ily spec­i­fied racer and mod­i­fy­ing it does re­duce its mar­ket span. While LMP3 is tak­ing over the world, the G57-P2 is un­likely to have the same broad ap­peal. But Ginetta knows its mar­ket here.

“Peo­ple say ‘well, what can it race in?’ and we al­ways say, ‘what can’t it race in?” adds Baldry. “Aside from the World En­durance Cham­pi­onship, Euro­pean Le Mans Series and Le Mans, it fits into es­sen­tially any sportscar class.

“We’ve built 14 cars so far in the first year, with chas­sis headed to Europe, Amer­ica, the Mid­dle East and Aus­tralia. We also have a mix­ture of cus­tomers, from pro­fes­sional rac­ers to well-funded gents who just want to do track days. So the G57-P2’S ap­peal is still very broad.

“The G57 is all about per­for­mance and value, and Ginetta has al­ways set the stan­dard for that. It’s the ethos that built the G50, G55 and all of our race car range. Mod­ern mo­tor­sport does seem to be cost for cost’s sake some­times, and Ginetta is very good at step­ping back and say­ing ‘come on, let’s be sen­si­ble’. We just want peo­ple to go fast for sen­si­ble money.” ■

Freke heads out in the am­friendly G57 test chas­sis

Up­graded kit...­clud­ing huge 6.2-litre Chevvy en­gine

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