Ginetta Cars Limited: Ginetta Cars is a British specialist manufacturer of racing and sports cars. It was based in Garforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire. Ginetta was founded in 1958 by five Walklett brothers (Bob Walklett, Ivor Walklett, Trevers Walklett, Douglas Walklett and Hilary Walklett). The key people of the company is Lawrence Tomlinson (Chairman).
Leeds, West Yorkshire, U.K.
Bob Walklett, Ivor Walklett, Trevers Walklett, Douglas Walklett
Ginetta was founded in 1958 by five Walklett brothers (Bob, Ivor, Trevers, Douglas and Hilary) in Woodbridge, Suffolk. Under the Walkletts, Trevers was mainly responsible for styling, Ivor for engineering, Douglas for management, and Bob for sales. Their first product sold as the Fairlight was a glass fibre body shell for fitting to Ford 8 or 10hp chassis. The first car, not designed for production, which consequently became known as the Ginetta G1. It was based on a pre war Wolseley Hornet six.
Following the retirement of the Walkletts in 1989 the company was sold but failed, and was then purchased by an international group of enthusiasts, based in Sheffield, and run by managing director Martin Phaff manufacturing the G20 and G33.
In late 2005 Ginetta was obtained by LNT Automotive. This was the company run by experienced racing driver and successful businessman Lawrence Tomlinson. His goals remained in line with the original founders of Ginetta; to continue producing innovative, capable and above all, great value sports cars.
Ginetta obtained the Somerset-based sports car manufacturer Farbio in March 2010, and re-badged their car the Ginetta F400. Ginetta introduced the G55 in March 2011, running in the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup and produced to the GT3 class regulations. Also, Ginetta introduced the G60 in October 2011, a two-door mid-engined sports car developed from the F400 and powered by a Ford-sourced 3.7-litre V6 engine.
The first car, the G2, was manufactured as a kit for devotee and consisted of a tubular frame chassis to take Ford components and aluminium body.
G3 & G4
In 1959, the G3 was launched with a glass fiber body to be followed by the G4 in 1961. The G4 used the new Ford 105E engine and had a glass fibre GT style body and the suspension was updated to coil springing at the front with Ford live axle at the rear. On test the car reached 120 mph (190 km/h) with a 1500 cc engine. The series III version of 1966 added pop-up headlights. Production ended in 1968. But was restarted in 1981 with the Series IV. It was two inches wider and three inches (76 mm) longer than the III.
G10, G11 & G12
The G10 and G11 from 1964 were higher-powered versions with 4.7-litre Ford V8 and MGB engines respectively. The G12 was a mid-engined competition car.
The G15 was introduced utilizing a rear-mounted 875 cc Sunbeam Imp engine in 1967. This two-seater coupé had a glass fibre body bolted to a tube chassis and used Imp rear and Triumph front suspension. Around 800 were manufactured from 1967 to 1974 and the car was fully type approved allowing for the first time complete Ginetta cars to be sold. Further, eight G15s were engineered for Volkswagen engines and called the “Super S”.
The G15 was joined by the larger G21 in 1970, which was initially available with either a 1599 cc Ford Kent engine, or a 3-litre Ford V6 engine. The 1725 cc Sunbeam Rapier engine consequently became the standard four-cylinder engine for the car.
G26, G27, G28, G30 & G31
Following reorganisation the company shifted to Scunthorpe and began making cars in kit form again in the 1980s starting with the G27 and followed by the G26, G28, G30 and G31, with all cars using Ford parts.
G32 & G33
It was decided to re-enter the complete car business with the mid-engined G32 with a choice of 1.6- and 1.9-litre 4-cylinder engines available as a coupé or convertible and the G33 convertible with 3.9-litre Rover V8 capable of 145 mph (233 km/h) and a 0-60 mph time of 5 seconds.
In 2005, after Ginetta was obtained by Lawrence Tomlinson, the company started work on the design of the Ginetta G50 – a 3.5-litre V6 engine, producing 300 BHP – to celebrate the company’s 50th birthday. Also, in 2007, the car competed in its first race in the European GT4 Cup in Nogaro France, finishing second.
Lawrence obtained the Somerset-based sports car manufacturer Farbio in March 2010, and in doing so inherited the F400, which was consequently redesigned, redeveloped and rebranded from the Farbio Marque, into a Ginetta G60; a two-door mid-engined powerhouse which shares the same 3.7-litre V6 engine as its G55 GT3 stablemate and is capable of 0 – 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, with a top speed of 165 mph.
In 2011, the G55 Cup car to the Ginetta GT Supercup was introduced, which, until that point, had only featured the G50 Cup car. Offering a 3.7-litre V6 engine with 380 BHP, the car provided Ginetta with the basis for their Ginetta G55 GT3 Car; a larger spec machine which gives GT teams a 4.35L V8 powerplant.
Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup
Ginetta Cars Limited: The Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup is a single-class race series which features both the Ginetta G50 and G55 sports cars; running in support of the British Touring Car Championship. However, the championship started as the Ginetta G50 Cup in 2008, supporting the British Formula Three Championship and British GT Championship. It moved to support the BTCC in 2009. In 2011, with the introduction of the Ginetta G55, the championship became the Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup.
Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge
Ginetta Cars Limited: So, the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge presents a unique, low-cost opportunity to race in a single-make racing championship, over seven race weekends supporting the British GT package. For 2014, the series will once again return to Spa for an international round alongside the Swedish Ginetta Challenge series.