Ginetta, the British sports car maker and specially the maker of the new G55 race car have finally revealed the first renderings and preliminary specs of this car. They have also announced a change of name of the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup which supports the British Touring Car Championship. The cup would be known from how as Ginetta GT Supercup. Starting next year both the G50 and G55 will be eligible to compete.
The engine specification that is fitted on this car is 3.7-liter engine delivering 370 hp that is coupled to a Hewland gearbox. It is a Ford sourced engine. The new car when compared to the older model, the G50, would have more powerful front brakes as well a new exhaust system and fresh bodywork with improved aerodynamics. The Autosport International exhibition to be held on Jan 13th next year is the event where the G55 would be up on display. Price of the car is expected to be £75,000.
Lawrence Tomlinson, who is the boss at Ginetta, stated “The G50 has dominated GT4 since its launch 2 years ago and proved itself as a real stepping stone into the GT4 arena. By introducing the G55 into the new Ginetta GT Supercup, I want to broaden Ginetta’s offering to all drivers expanding our career ladder even further and highlight a real route into GT3 – whilst still providing an affordable way to enjoy top level racing”.
Those who are competing the Ginetta G50 race would be given the option of upgrading their existing car to the G5r5 specification at a cost of £25,000. They would also take the option of enrolling in a new part exchange program. In this program a 300 hp 3.5 liter Ford engine would be installed on the car while the gearbox would be a Hewland make.
As per Mr. Tomlinson, the Ginetta GT Supercup would emulate the class structure of other GT championships, such as the Le Mans Series or ALMS, and competitors will benefit from separate points systems and podiums. £9,750 + VAT for the G50 and £11,750 + VAT for the G55 are the entry fees for the race series.