Ginetta G57-P2 ORANGE SKY THINKING
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.” ■