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  Ginetta G50Z
 

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Introduced in:2008
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:May 20, 2009
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Click here to download printer friendly versionBritish sports car manufacturer Ginetta have celebrated their 50th anniversary in great style with a brand new model. Announced late in 2007, the all new G50 is both thoroughly modern and yet still incorporates many of the style cues of the Ginetta road and racing cars that were so successful in the past 50 years. Today owned by Lawrence Tomlinson's LNT Automotive, Ginetta followed their familiar recipe by developing both a road and racing version of the G50.

Like its predecessors and siblings, the G50 is based around a spaceframe chassis that combines lightweight and rigidity. Power comes from a 3.5 litre Ford V6 engine, which produces a healthy 300 bhp. Mounted just behind the front axle, it is bolted to a Quaife six speed sequential gearbox, which drives the rear wheels. A composite coupe body, clearly inspired by the company's most successful model, the G4 of the early 1960s, completes the G50.

In the purpose built factory in Leeds, England, the first G50s were assembled early in 2008. Three different versions were available; the road car, the 'Cup' racing car and the closely related GT4 spec machine, intended for international racing. Retailing at £35,000 the G50 Cup car sold out before the season started. The slightly more expensive GT4 spec machine also proved to be a hit in the salesroom as well as on the track. All over Europe the car proved to be very competitive against formidable advisaries.

In the spring of 2008, the first road car surfaced. Apart from a proper interior and license plates, there is little to distinguish it from the competition machine. The basic street car uses the same Ford V6 engine. Following the acquisition of a part of Zytek engineering by LNT Automotive, a very exciting version of the G50 was announced. Simply dubbed the G50Z, the latest addition to the line-up sports the Zytek V8 engine that is usually found in the company's LMP2 prototypes. Further changes include a Hewland sequential transaxle gearbox that is operated by paddles behind the steering wheel. In basic trim the engine is good for 400 bhp but there should certainly be room for further upgrades.

First seen out on track late in 2008, the Ginetta G50Z became available to customers in 2009. The supercar like performance does not come cheap as the car is priced at £160,000 ex VAT. The pictured example is a Ginetta Works car entered by Barwell Motorsports in the combined British and Belgian GT championships race at Spa.

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