• May 25, 2007
You might not be familiar with British car builder Ginetta, but it's been around since 1958. The latest offering is the G50, a wide, low-slung, lightweight coupe the company plans to build a cup race around. With only 800kg (1,750 pounds) to push around, the mid-mounted, 300hp, 3.5 liter Ford V6 should make this one sexy-fast ride.

In 2005, Ginetta was bought by LNT Automotive, run by veteran racer Lawrence Tomlinson. He says the first 30 real versions of the virtual renderings you see here are already in production and should be ready for sale in early 2008.

Tomlinson said the first 30 G50s are a good mix of "cup, road and GT4 cars." The company's press release (read it in full after the jump) promises the cup series will be set up to keep costs down with 10 race weekends, a "substantial prize fund" and guaranteed TV coverage. "We've designed the G50 as a stepping stone for GT drivers," Tomlinson said.

Projected cost for the G50 is around £35,000. But don't get too excited. Although we have no official word, there's no reason to think you'll be able to buy one in the States.

[Source: Ginetta via Carscoop]
Ginetta is to launch an all-new British sports car for 2008, designated the Ginetta G50, the car has been designed in-house at LNT Automotive's new purpose-built factory in Leeds.

The G50 is a celebration of 50 years of British sports car manufacturing by the company, and has been designed as the base for a new generation of Ginetta sports cars.

2008 and will see the Ginetta 'G50 Cup Car' launched, this car is designed to bridge the gap between single-make sports car racing such as the current Ginetta G20 championship – and GT cars such as the new GT4 Championship, GT3 and GT2 racing.

Weighing in at a little over 800kg, the Ginetta G50 is a rear-wheel drive car, powered by a front-mid mounted Ford 3.5- litre, V6 engine producing 300 bhp, with a five-speed sequential gearbox.

A G50 Cup Car series will be created, with the focus on keeping running costs to a minimum by using control tyres, control fuel and low maintenance costs through clever design. Ginetta will offer a spares and support service at all race and test events.

The series will consist of 10 race weekends, with eight events confirmed to be supporting the SRO F3/GT package alongside the current 'G20' Texaco Havoline Ginetta Championship. Two stand alone, long distance events are also planned with a substantial prize fund and TV coverage guaranteed by Ginetta.

Lawrence Tomlinson, Chairman of LNT Automotive said: "We've designed the G50 as a stepping stone for GT drivers. Production of the first 30 cars is well under way with a mixture of cup, road and GT4 cars available from early 2008."

The price is likely to be around the £35,000 mark.

Further news and details will be announced over the coming months as the race car design is completed and goes into full time production.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      seems like an odd choice of engines to me... wouldn't something like a turbo hayabusa engine be a better fit... more power, probably less weight
      • 7 Years Ago
      frondeur: Though I respect the Elise/Exige's athletic prowess, it too is not very photogenic. Every photo I see of that car takes me back to those shitty little creatures in the movie Gremlins.

      Elise reminds me of the furry little brown and white one.

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099700/trailers-screenplay-E10647-10-2

      • 7 Years Ago
      Story Continues...

      In early 2007, Tomlinson announced that they would be hiring someone who has no idea how to design or model a car to design and model their car. Initial CG models of the car would then be rendered in a flat grey using the highly popular "Pinewood Derby" environment.

      "We decided pretty early on that we wanted a distinctive look for the car." Tomlinson told stunned onlookers at an impromptu news conference outside the 7-11 bathroom on the corner of Pico and Hawthorne. "We admired the Jaguar grill but felt it could be more fish-like and the rear tail lights just had to be double rounds. That's an idea that we didn't think too many people have had in the past. The total effect should be something like a Lotus Elise but stretched out and hideous."

      Tomlinson then jumped into his Subaru Brat and drove off, trying to avoid the hail of rotten fruits and vegetables from the angered crowd.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think it looks sweet, it looks like a spooky ghost car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If you're not familiar with Ginetta, you have not been playing enough GT4.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like fun, except that's not a real car, just a 3D model, right?

      ...Everything's better with a turbo Hayabusa engine.