Ginetta G40 Revealed - Teenagers' Racing Car for the Road
The car has a fiberglass body and tips the scale at an athletic 840 kg. It is powered by a tweaked version of Ford’s 1.8 liter 4-pot Zetec engine which usually lies under the Focus' and the Cmax’s bonnet. Originally developing 125 HP, the unit now offers 150 of them to the back wheels. According to Autocar, this should give the car hot hatch rivaling performance in a straight line: 0-100 km/h in 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 225 km/h (140 mph).
We expect it to leave hot hatches behind on the bends as the car is actually designed to be an entry ticket to the motor racing world available for ages 14 and up. This reminds us of LEGO, however, but in a good way.
But to show that it means business, the G40 has a factory installed roll-cage and costs 27,000 euro.
Ginetta has been manufacturing race and road cars since 1958, so this is no over-night, photoshop-based producer. However, the automaker was off the market for a while. The company offers several championships, some of which are related to the British Touring Car Championship. The G40 will be initially built to be used in its own championship, supporting the BTCC, and then it will be offered as a road car.
The manufacturer already has a bigger coupe available for the road, the G50, also competition-sourced. It is powered by a 3.5 liter Ford engine matted to a 6-speed sequential gearbox.