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Country of origin:Great Britain
Introduced in:2008
Successor:Ginetta G55
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:July 28, 2008
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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, while a Zytek V8 engined version is under development. Very similar to the successful competition engine, the street spec V8 is expected to deliver a staggering 520 bhp. Combined with a kerb weight of around 800 kg, it promises to be one of the fastest production cars.

Featured is the prototype of the G50 road car, which was driven up the Goodwood hill in the Supercar Run during the 2008 Festival of Speed.

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