Usually when a supercar is unveiled in a motorshow or online, the reactions typically include a few oohs and aahs. Simply put, supercars are supposed to elicit emotion and drop jaws when they're unveiled.
In the case of this Ginetta, we were taken aback. Our reaction was more along the lines of: huh?
This is the LMP1, a supercar from Ginetta, a British sports car manufacter that has a history that flips back the calendar to 1958. Ginetta says that the LMP1, so named after the premier Le Mans Prototype class in endurance racing, builds on the unique character of the Ginetta brand over the decades, as well as taking in the lessons from their 2019 Le Mans contender.
Ahead of an official unveiling at the Geneva International Motorshow, Ginetta has today revealed details, imagery and video of its new creation.
“Racing at the highest level has taught us that to win you have to have your overall car concept and every detail exactly right, and we’ve brought that same philosophy to our first supercar,” said Lawrence Tomlinson, the Chairman of Ginetta. “Starting with a blank sheet of paper allowed us to create a true mid-mid engine design with an all carbon monocoque, LMP-derived aerodynamics and an in-house designed powertrain resulting in a driver-orientated package for the road.”
The LMP1 clearly has a functional racecar look about it, and is primarily built out of carbon fiber. Ginetta says the vehicle has a “distinctive aesthetic”, though it appears to have been dictated by the aerodynamicists, judging by the sheer dominance of the many aerodynamic devices like wings, spoilers, splitters and the like. True enough, Ginetta says the LMP1 has “truly exceptional aerodynamic performance above traditional supercars.” The company goes so far as to say that at 160 km/h, the LMP1 generates a total downforce equivalent to 376 kilograms.
For performance, the Ginetta certainly has the credentials to back up the claims thanks to a dry-sump, 6.0-liter aluminum, naturally-aspirated V8 engine that makes over 600 horsepower and 700 Nm of torque; Ginetta says it has a whopping power-to-weight ratio of 545 bhp per tonne. Moreover, the engine is ultra compact and mounted in the middle for a 49% front and 51% rear weight distribution, perfect for the race-tuned suspension.
The LMP1 also has a long list of safety and convenience features such as ABS, traction control, automatic headlights, airconditioning, and even wireless charging for your phone. The LMP1 can also be customized to a customer's liking. But the primary thing about the LMP1 is that it comes with a lot of race car bits and pieces such as a carbon fiber steering wheel, aluminum shift paddles, adjustable floor-mounted pedals, a six-speed sequential transmission, carbon ceramic brakes, carbon propeller shaft, 19-inch wheels in front and 20-inch wheels in the back.
Surprisingly Ginetta didn't mention 0-100 km/h times (or 0-60 mph) nor did they quote top speed, though they did mention that the LMP1 will be limited to only 20 units, and 60% of that production run is already spoken for.