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Old 08-21-2013, 02:07 PM   #1
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Default Ginetta G40R: The Car Lotus Should Have Built




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Think of lightweight British sports cars and the first name that probably comes to mind is Lotus. To head straight for the Norfolk-based brand would be to dismiss plenty of other small British sports car makers though, among them Ginetta. Little known outside of the U.K., Ginetta has been around since 1958 and has a long history of light, compact and beautifully-styled small sports cars. The latest is the G40R--a barely disguised race car for the road.
Many companies make such claims, but Ginetta can actually back it up. The 'R' is based on the regular Ginetta G40, used in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge and the Ginetta Junior Championship. The latter pits young racing drivers just 14-17 years old against each other on the track, supporting the respected British Touring Car Championship. As such, it's a great springboard into higher-level motor sport, and the G40's rear-wheel drive chassis teaches drivers everything they need to know about car control.
The Junior cars use a 1.8-liter Ford Zetec engine detuned to just 100 horsepower, but with a curb weight of only 1,764 pounds they're still capable of producing excellent racing in the youngsters' hands. Regular G40s produce a throatier 165 horsepower, sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed Quaife sequential transmission.

Ginetta G40R

If anything the road version is the most exciting. Power comes straight from another sports car, a tuned version of the 2.0-liter MZR four-cylinder found in Mazda's MX-5 Miata. In the G40R it develops 200 horsepower and uses the Mazda's six-speed manual transmission for snappy shifts, but with the Ginetta's flyweight 1,753-lb mass the 0-62 sprint takes only 5.8 seconds, and top speed is 140 mph. The G40R is based on an FIA-approved spaceframe chassis with front and rear double wishbone suspension. There's an FIA-approved fuel cell, a set of race-spec alloy wheels and two light-weight racing seats. Despite a car that Ginetta claims you could take to the track, win a race with and drive home again, it still includes options such as air conditioning and upgraded trim--along with racier parts like a five-point harness and an on-board fire extinguisher.
It's actually been around in the UK for almost two years now, and the race car longer than that--but it has us wondering whether a slightly better-equipped version wouldn't make a great Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S rival in the U.S.
The G40R and larger G60--which we covered a few years back--will both appear at this year's Salon Privé at Syon Park in West London.






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Old 08-21-2013, 02:17 PM   #2
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:26 PM   #3
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Oh please bring this stateside.
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:42 PM   #4
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:59 PM   #5
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This is so well done. NIce job.
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Old 08-21-2013, 03:04 PM   #6
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Lotus doesn't make featherweight cars anymore, and they don't seem to have the resources to bring much of anything to the US. Surprised they aren't able to mention the UK selling price for these cars.
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Old 08-21-2013, 03:26 PM   #7
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The US would just ruin it by adding 1000lbs of safety equipment.
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Old 08-21-2013, 03:33 PM   #8
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The front end looks a bit unfinished, but the profile...!
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Old 08-21-2013, 06:52 PM   #9
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TVR is that you?
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Old 08-21-2013, 07:07 PM   #10
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It looks like its pre-squished.

Here, I fixed it:

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Old 08-21-2013, 08:10 PM   #11
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The front end looks a bit unfinished, but the profile...!
Agreed, much like the early Elise.

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Old 08-21-2013, 10:13 PM   #12
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A 70,000 dollar kit car with a Miata engine? Yeah, no.
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Old 08-22-2013, 11:26 AM   #13
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honestly the cost of one of those would probably be 20-30k if you were to build it yourself. However, I'd take one over a BRZ in an instant!
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Old 08-22-2013, 11:39 AM   #14
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It looks like its pre-squished.

Here, I fixed it:

Looks like a viper when you extend it like that.
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Old 08-22-2013, 02:31 PM   #15
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It's like a TVR and a Miata got it on.
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honestly the cost of one of those would probably be 20-30k if you were to build it yourself. However, I'd take one over a BRZ in an instant!
Isn't the trans alone like $10k? (I'm just guessing)
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Isn't the trans alone like $10k? (I'm just guessing)
A Miata 6speed? Do you know how much a Miata costs?
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A Miata 6speed? Do you know how much a Miata costs?
I misread, I was referring to:

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a six-speed Quaife sequential transmission
Which isn't used in the 40R (the roadcar).

Carry on!

Edit: Although I wasn't far off, looks like an $8-9k box.

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Old 08-26-2013, 07:03 PM   #19
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Looks much better stretched. lol

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Old 08-26-2013, 08:44 PM   #20
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My wifes uncle used to autocross a Ginetta locally in the late 60s/early 70s. Used to be sold here.

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