Thursday, 6 October 2011

Ginetta G60

Fans of the BTCC will be well aware of the buzz and excitement that surrounds a grid full of Ginetta race cars, nimbly scything past one another in a Lotus-esque plastic fury. What you may not be aware of, however, is the fact that they've also been building road cars for some time. Since the fifties, in fact. The company's motorsport focus sees today's fans viewing them as a provider of machinery for feeder race series, but the aforementioned Lotus comparison extends to the showroom; GRP bodies, Ford engines, it's all very familiar.

Speaking of 'very familiar', do you get the feeling that you've seen this, the new Ginetta G60, before? Well, that's because you have. It's a car that's been wanting to meaningfully exist for some time, and has only recently managed to belligerently force itself into the public consciousness under the Ginetta banner. It's basically the lesser-spotted 2002 Farbio GTS, which became the 2004 Farboud GTS, then the 2008 Ginetta F400, and has finally found production success in the guise of the G60. So it's not a brand-new design, but it's still a damn good one: carbon-fibre body over tubular steel chassis, advanced aero, a 3.7-litre Ford V6 (like you'd find in a Morgan Roadster, incidentally) tuned to give 310bhp, with 0-60mph in 4.9sec and a 165mph top speed.
The price is £68,000, which could get you a very well-specced Evora S or Cayman R. But c'mon, it's a Ginetta - this is basically a race car with number plates (with a little comfy trim added to keep the missus on side). In terms of smiles-per-pound, you'd be hard pushed to beat it.

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