With all but one major manufacturer having pulled out of the class, LMP1 racing this year will come down mostly to the independents. Like this one, for example.
Revealed at the Autosport International racing car show in Birmingham, England, is the new Ginetta G60-LT-P1 – made by one of the UK’s best-established racing car constructors and deriving its name from the 60th anniversary the company celebrates this year.
The debut car wears the livery of the TRS Manor team that is set to field two of them in the full the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship “super season” that encompasses the Spa and the 24 Hours of Le Mans at both ends, where other teams are set to follow as well.
There it’ll have to compete with the Toyota TS050, which will remain the only major manufacturer entry in the class. But the Ginetta does without the complicated hybrid powertrain. Instead it packs a 3.4-liter V6 sourced from French supplier Mecachrome, producing some 650 horsepower to drive it to a top speed of 225 mph.
“I’m delighted to finally be able to unveil our latest machine to the motorsport industry, and what better time than at the start of our 60th year of manufacturing,” said Ginetta chairman Lawrence Tomlinson. “The LMP1 will be a strong contender in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and at Le Mans. We have a great team of Design Engineers in Leeds, have worked with some excellent partners on the project, and can’t wait to show you what the LMP1 is made of out on track.”