Sinister-looking Ginetta G57 racer revealed

This sinister-looking device is the new Ginetta G57 prototype racing car, set to debut at Autosport International next month.

The G57 is based on Ginetta’s LMP3 chassis, which dominated the class during the inaugural season in 2015. The carbonfibre monocoque chassis with carbon crash box and FIA-approved rollcage remains largely unchanged, but the body and drivetrain are entirely new.

Where the LMP3 car uses a standard-issue 4.5-litre V8 sourced from Nissan, the G57 has a bombproof, 6.3-litre Chevrolet V8 producing 580bhp. Which is plenty in a car that weighs a lot less than one ton. Power goes to the rear wheels via an Xtrac six-speed sequential transaxle.

Freed from the rules laid down for the LMP3 class, Ginetta’s designers have devised “unrestricted” aero package that, says Ginetta, helps to “achieve the quickest laptimes for this class of car.” Quicker than an LMP3, then, but probably not as fast as an LMP2.

According to Ginetta, the G57 “is configurable and flexible enough to suit a wide range of driver grades or experience.” Rank amateurs will probably be out of their depth, but it shouldn’t take a professional hotshoe to get the best out of it.

The G57 is at the centre of a big export drive by Ginetta. It already sells 50% of its annual production overseas, but wants to see that figure increase. The G57 will be eligible for most ‘unlimited’ sports car classes around the world, including the highly competitive, French-based VdeV series, and the Sports Car Club of America’s Sports Racing division.

There’s no word on price; bear in mind the LMP3 car is price-capped at €206,000 (£149,000).

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By Only Motors

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