Ginetta G50 (2008-)
|Assembly||Leeds, West Yorkshire, England|
|Engine||Front-mid mounted Ford Duratec 3.5 litre V6, 300 brake horsepower (220 kW)|
|Transmission||Quaife six-speed sequential|
|Curb weight||945 kilograms (2,080 lb)|
Ginetta G50 is a specialist GT4 class-developed racing car, designed by Ginetta Cars.
In late 2007, in what he later described as his Victor Kiam moment, Leeds-based businessman Lawrence Tomlinson bought Ginetta Cars from the group of enthusiasts, who themselves had bought it out of administration.
The G50 was developed to celebrate 50 year of production of Ginetta Cars. With base specifications penned by trained engineer Tomlinson, the car was developed in under six months.
Launched in 2008, the G50 was awarded Autosport National Car of the Year in its first year. With its own Ginetta GT Supercup one-make series, the G50 has also been undefeated GT4 class championship winner in every season of British GT Championship, and won the GT4 European Cup in 2009, beating Aston Martin, BMW and Porsche.
As a result, Ginetta Cars won "Small Business of the Year" from the Motorsport Industry Association in 2008, and in 2009 Tomlinson was nominated by the MIA for the "Outstanding Contribution to Motorsport" award.
The first Ginetta G50 road-registered car was shown in Aril 2008, and then took part in the Silverstone Supercar Tour. It features the same base set-up as the race car, with a proposed development of a V8 model with 520 brake horsepower (390 kW). Retail prices were estimated at starting from £45,000 ($72,549) for the V6, and £100,000 ($161,220) for the V8, although they are not currently in production.