Depending on how invested you are into the world of European sports-car racing, you may already be familiar with Ginetta. It made its debut in the late Fifties as a bespoke British carmaker, churning out a small number of competitive machines that cemented the brand a local legend. Now a full-fledged manufacturer, Ginetta offers race cars for all different levels for customers throughout the U.K. It even plans to build a road-legal hypercar in the near future. The company is finally making a push into North America with the G55, and we’ve driven it. It could be a great choice for breaking into American sports-car racing.
Before we get into how the G55 drives, it’s important to understand how Ginetta got here. After struggling financially for a number of years, the company was purchased in 2005 by Le Mans class winner and businessman Lawrence Tomlinson. His goal? Make a successful British car company. The first Ginetta under Tomlinson’s direction was the G50, an affordable, approachable GT4-class racer. The car’s popularity helped launch a spec series in the U.K., revitalizing the brand and giving way to the smaller entry-level G40, the mid-engine G58, an LMP3 prototype, and soon, an LMP1 car. There are now six Ginetta-only championships that take place in the U.K. every year, some of which run in support of the British Touring Car and British GT championships.
The G55, first launched in 2011, is a heavy refresh of the original G50. There are three trims to choose from: the entry-level GTA, the SuperCup spec-series car, and the full-on GT4 variant. Ginetta decided the GTA would be the car best suited to break into the American market. It uses the same FIA-certified roll cage and chassis as the GT4 car, but has its own suspension tuning, brakes, and drivetrain.
Ginetta’s newly established North American arm picked New Jersey Motorsports Park’s Thunderbolt course to show off the G55 GTA’s capabilities. Specifically, it picked a TrackXperienZ…
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