Ginetta announces orders for first three LMP1 cars
Ginetta Cars has announced that it has taken formal orders and deposits for the first three sales of its new LMP1 car.
The racers were purchased by an as yet un-named single customer team, which is preparing for a two car assault on the 2018/2019 FIA World Endurance Championship, with the third car intended as a spare.
“This is a big step forward for the programme, and will be great news too for the FIA WEC and the ACO who have placed a lot of faith in their new LMP1 regulations,” said Ginetta Cars chairman Lawrence Tomlinson.
“For now you’ll have to wait for our customer to make their own announcement on this programme. The signs are that they will soon be joined by more Ginetta customers in the top LMP1 class, and that a car conceived in our Yorkshire factory will soon be contesting overall wins in the World Endurance Championship, including at the world’s biggest race, the Le Mans 24 Hours,” he added.
A world class team, coordinated from Ginetta’s Garforth base has designed the LMP1 car. The in-house team, run by technical director Ewan Baldry, has been bolstered by a range of world-class contractors and consultants, including Adrian Reynard, Paolo Catone and aerodynamicist Andy Lewis, with technical partners Williams Advanced Engineering, XTrac, Ohlins, ARS, AP Racing, Megaline, Bosch and AVL Racing all playing vital roles in the design, development and construction of the new car.
The order of three cars, plus the designation of a fourth car as Ginetta’s development car means that four of the planned 10 car production is accounted for. The first chassis is already in production, with testing expected to start in November.