You may not know about Ginetta, but don’t write it off just yet.
If you live outside Great Britain, you may have never heard of Ginetta. But in fact, the specialist manufacturer has built sports cars since 1958. Like TVR and Lotus, the company has a long history of cars that may not be out-and-out popular, but are beloved in enthusiast circles. Now, the company aims to take on the supercar elite with a new model.
The car doesn’t even have a name yet, but the company did disclose some information. The car will have a carbon fiber chassis and body. Beyond that, it will have a naturally-aspirated V8 engine with more than 600 horsepower. The photo above is the teaser Ginetta provided. To our eye, it looks sort of like a Corvette C7, so putting a V8 under that long hood would make some sense.
British sports car builders have also had a knack for building light cars. Of course, the carbon fiber is a good indication of Ginetta’s intent. By and large, Ginetta has largely built lightweight sports cars powered by Ford V6 and four-cylinder engines. Think about it though: A 600+ horsepower V8 as part of a straightforward, lightweight setup? It could be a winning combination for those who buy Ginetta sports cars as track machines.
There isn’t much more information available, but it’s likely we’ll know more soon. The Geneva Motor Show is coming up in March, and that’s where we usually see some out-of-this-world supercar debuts.
Yes, it’s still unlikely you’ll ever see one, since Ginetta is a small-volume manufacturer. That said, it’s still going to be interesting how this car shakes out, and whether it can really give the supercar big boys a run for their money. Plus Ginetta has a sixty-year track record for actually producing cars, so this isn’t just vaporware. Sooner or later, we will see what this looks like in the sheet metal.