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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:2015
Numbers built:10
Successor:Ginetta G57 Chevrolet
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:November 04, 2015
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Click here to download printer friendly versionIn the fall of 2014, Ginetta Cars acquired Juno Racing Cars with an eye on building and marketing a sports prototype racer for the all-new, entry-level LMP3 class. A specialist manufacturer of small sport cars, Juno had all the know-how and capabilities that Ginetta lacked, while the latter could bank on a much larger network and better name-recognition.

Limited by a cost-cap, the new-for-2015 Ginetta Juno LMP3 car was very much a conventional design built around a strong yet light carbon-fibre monocoque. Suspension was by double wishbones and push-rod actuated springs and dampers on all four corners. To further reduce costs, the regulations also dictated the use of a spec drivetrain; a Nissan V8 engine and XTrac gearbox, supplied by Oreca.

Thanks to Juno's vast experience the Ginetta LMP3 project hit the ground running and it was the first LMP3 available. For the 2015 season a total of ten cars were laid down, two of which were to be raced by the Nissan-backed Team LNT works team. Among its drivers were Nissan protégé and legendary Olympic cyclist Sir Chris Hoy. In the European Le Mans Series, the LMP3 cars replaced the Courage-Oreca LMPC machines.

For most of the 2015 season, the LMP3 class was a Ginetta affair with the rivalling Ligier JS-P3 not arriving until the fifth and final race of the year. Ginettas won all five rounds wit Team LNT taking four victories, three of which were clinched by Sir Chris Hoy and his young partner Charlie Robertson. They were also crowned inaugural LMP3 champions.

A few weeks after the season finale, Ginetta/Team LNT announced the withdrawal as a works team as it focused its efforts instead on the free formula Ginetta G57 sports racer. Support will continued to be offered to the existing LMP3 customers.

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  Article Image gallery (13) P3-15-01 Specifications