Following an earlier preview several months ago, British racing car manufacturer Ginetta finally took the wraps off its completed G40 sportscar at the ongoing Autosport International show in Birmingham, England.
Designed from the get-go as a racer, the G40 will make its first track appearance in the Ginetta Junior race series in support of the upcoming British Touring Car Championship season. Its 850-kg chassis is said to be 50 times stronger than minimum FIA crash-test requirements, and is motivated by a 1.8-liter Ford Zetec four-cylinder engine sourced from the European Focus and tuned for competition duty.
An initial batch of 26 units is currently underway, with prices starting at £24,950 (about $40k). Details in the press release after the jump and photos live from the show floor in the gallery below.
LONG AWAITED GINETTA G40 UNVEILED AT AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL
Top British race car manufacturer Ginetta today unveiled its latest launch, the Ginetta G40, before a rapt audience at the prestigious Autosport International exhibition at Birmingham's NEC.
The car, which was revealed for the first time to the general public by Ginetta Chairman Lawrence Tomlinson and Autosport's Henry Hope-Frost, will be the UK's first multi-platform road and race car and is set to make its debut on the BTCC-supporting 2010 Ginetta Junior Championship.
Joining Mr Tomlinson on stage was current Ginetta Junior Champion Sarah Moore, who will defend her title this season and karting supremo Seb Morris who recently purchased the first ever production G40 – chassis G40-LT-005.
Ginetta Chairman Lawrence Tomlinson said: ""I am absolutely thrilled to see the Ginetta G40 launched at Autosport International here today. We debuted both the G50 and the G50Z at the exhibition and I'm delighted that Autosport visitors have had the first ever glimpse of Ginetta's stunning new car. The G40 is the most versatile road and race car on the market today – with safety features that exceed all FIA regulations. We have been completely overwhelmed by demand for the G40 and I just can't wait to see it out on the grid in its first Ginetta Junior race in April. It will kick off the season in style and will be THE car to watch in 2010!"
Featuring an 1800CC sealed Zetec engine and a proposed weight of 850kg, the G40 will not only serve to elevate the current Junior series with a fresh, modern look but will also be eligible for entry into a variety of competitive racing categories – whilst addressing a vast array of safety issues. Key features of the G40 include:
- Safety cage 50 times stronger than minimum 2009 FIA homologation regulations
- Front and rear crash zones
- Updated side impact bars
- Increased occupant safety and visibility
- Adjustable interfaces to maximise comfort
- Comfortable dual occupancy