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  Ginetta F400
 

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced from:2010 - 2011
Successor:Ginetta G60
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:July 19, 2010
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Click here to download printer friendly versionEarly in 2010, English entrepreneur Lawrence Tomlinson added Farbio Sportscars to his automotive portfolio, which already included Ginetta and a part of Zytek Engineering. When announcing the take-over, Tomlinson made his intention clear by revealing the Ginetta F400 supercar, which was simply a rebadged Farbio GTS.

Developed by former racing driver and son of one of the Marcos founders, Chris Marsh, the Farbio GTS was first shown to the world in 2005 and entered series production in 2007. The compact sports car features a steel spaceframe chassis and a carbon fibre body, which is fabricated in-house. The exotic materials used help keep the weight of the complete car down to a very respectable 1046 kg.

Mounted amidships is a Ford sourced but heavily developed V6 engine. One of the biggest changes is the addition of a supercharger, which helps the engine produce a hefty 410 bhp. This power is transferred to the rear wheels through a six speed manual gearbox. The suspension is by double wishbones on all four corners. The cockpit is big enough to comfortably accommodate drivers of up to 2 metre (6' 6").

One of the first public appearances of the Ginetta G400 was in June 2010 when an example was used in a celebrity charity race from London to Monaco by musicion Rick Parffitt Jnr. Later in the month an example was spotted during 'La Grand Parade des Pilotes' in downtown Le Mans on the eve of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was driven there on the road by Lawrence Tomlinson.

For the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July, Ginetta brought out the two examples pictured above.

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