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Tomlinson: Ginetta G60-LT-P1 to “Challenge for Overall Win”

Lawrence Tomlinson expecting G60-LT-P1 to challenge for overall 24H Le Mans victory…

Photo: Ginetta

Ginetta chairman Lawrence Tomlinson believes his new G60-LT-P1, which was unveiled on Thursday, will challenge for the overall win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and FIA World Endurance Championship titles.

Tomlinson says the car will likely match the lap times of the hybrid LMP1 cars at Le Mans last year, allowing it to race directly with the Toyota TS050 Hybrid, something non-hybrid LMP1 cars have been unable to achieve in recent seasons.

“The LMP2 cars qualified with 3:25 and ran 3:27s [at Le Mans last year], so they were about nine seconds off the hybrids,” Tomlinson told Sportscar365.

“If you look at the weight difference on our car, the power upgrade, better aero than a P2 and better tires, it’s hard to see how you’re not going to be running very similar lap times to the hybrids. 

“LMP1 is just LMP1, and there really is no privateer class. We’re set to race Toyota. They happen to run a hybrid; we don’t, and that’s the difference.

“We will be allowed, as everyone else in P1 is, to challenge Toyota for the overall win.”

Tomlinson sees his car as an affordable option for teams interested in the category, comparing it to the equivalent cost of running LMP2 machinery.

“It’s difficult to get someone to spend £1.34 million ($1.81 million) on a chassis that doesn’t exist,” he said. “Many people have tried it. You just have to have the balls to make it.

“If you put the car out there now and look at it, it looks like an extremely good way for people to come into LMP1.

“If you advertise the cost of the car over three seasons, it’s only two or three-hundred thousand more for the car, per season. The running budget is not dramatically different to P2.

“You can either qualify on pole in LMP2 and be tenth, or go for the outright win. Even if you’re last in P1, which we won’t be, you’ll still be way ahead of P2.

“For teams that want to be out front and challenge for outright wins, this is a really cost-effective way of doing it.”

TRS Manor Racing is so far the only confirmed customer but it was announced last year that another team has purchased three cars with a view to racing two.

Tomlinson said the identity of that team will be revealed “when they put the money down” but also said that there are three other teams “seriously looking at the car.”

“They are teams that we know have the budget and experience to do it,” he explained. “It’s really exciting. It’s at that point when people get their check books out, when they see the quality of the car.

“I’d find it very difficult to write a check to a business that’s never made a P1 car for £1.34 million without seeing the goods, and I think that’s absolutely fair.”

Testing Program to Get Underway Next Week

The G60-LT-P1 will begin testing soon with an initial shakedown planned for next week, Tomlinson also revealed, before it undergoes a more thorough test later in the month.

“The car has run at the factory,” he said. “We’ll take it back to do another systems check at the factory and straight down to a local airfield that my friend owns.

“We’ll run it up and down there and do some systems checks, and so by the end of January, it will be out at a southern European circuit doing a lot of pounding around.

“By then, the second chassis should have followed on.”

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist focusing on European series for Sportscar365. Kilshaw was the founder of WorldSportsCar.co.uk and is a member of the Autosport Academy. Contact Jake

17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. Tyler Sanders

    January 11, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Its going to be interesting how the privateer LMp1 stack up against the Toyota TS050. But i think right out of the gate the BR1 Dallara is going to be the fastest of the privateer cars.

    • Kirk

      January 11, 2018 at 1:18 pm

      Of course considering Toyota’a reliability problems at LeMans, one doesn’t need to race them, all they need to do is stay on the track. Build a car that’s faster than a P2 and more reliable than the Toyota and you have a realistic chance of winning LeMans.

      • Davy

        January 13, 2018 at 12:12 am

        privateers with next to no mileage or racing experience are not likely to build a car that is more reliable than Toyota.

    • Max

      January 11, 2018 at 1:38 pm

      Agreed. Given what GM and Dallara were able to do for their DPI, I can imagine that some of those learnings plus the strength of the engine they have in there will be an impressive combo.

      • The Fisherman

        January 12, 2018 at 4:33 pm

        The strength of the AER P60 is overheating, the Mecachrome V6 is a properly serious package. Besides, if the Russians aren’t paying their bills, they won’t be on the grid.

  2. Colquhoun_4

    January 11, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    This is not a real P1. It does not have the mandatory black, white, and red color scheme.

    • GrimBrother One

      January 11, 2018 at 6:53 pm

      This post is underrated lol.

    • StueyB83

      January 11, 2018 at 9:37 pm

      Best of the day by far!!

    • Davide

      January 12, 2018 at 4:04 am

      Lol

  3. Matt

    January 11, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    Nobody will be challenging Toyota with 650hp lol

  4. Michael Sørensen

    January 11, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    Looks quite conservative in the aero…. an look what that did for Riley?

    • David Chaste

      January 11, 2018 at 10:25 pm

      Indeed. It loos rather plain. Especially the black area from the bottom of the cockpit door all the way to the bottom of the shark fin looks awfully plain. There is no obvious rear brake cooling vents.

      Ginetta too has been out of the game for a while. As far as developing high downforce vehicles. The LMP3 car is a simpler exercise. Those ae more lie the old Daytona prototype with having tube frame rollcages compared to a full on LMP1 chassis.

      • thomas

        January 13, 2018 at 6:18 am

        have you seen who is involved in the project? Adrian Reynard and Paolo Catone both add plenty of experience.

  5. David Chaste

    January 11, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    Who says these cars will only have 650. But its really not the horsepower. The lola astons and lola rebellions had higher top speed than the diesels and just as much horsepower.

    However it’s the acceleration. How fast does it get to the the desired pace, how fast it stops, how fast it corners. How Those are the things factory cars continually develop.

    Once this car is sold will ginetta work to develop it some more? Will customers have the budget to request developments?

    Even on the Rebellion R1 Oreca said they could have done more developement work but they were essentially stock after they were sold because Rebellion didnt ask for developments

  6. Malthusunderestimated

    January 11, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    Laurence Tomlinson telling us that this car will match the Toyotas on pace is at this point 1) speculation and 2) salesmanship.

    Despite Toyota’s reliability issues, a new, non-race tested car sold to privateer teams does not bespeak reliability.

    Take this for what it is. A physical launch to stir interest and a sales pitch.

    • History Repeats

      January 12, 2018 at 8:37 am

      Remember when the Crawford SSC2K was described as an Audi beater? Sounds pretty similar to today.

  7. Slicks in the wet

    January 11, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    You know many of these press photo versions dont have a lot of final aero/ducts/openings installed, right? It looks ‘more cool’ to be streamlined in photos, rather than ugly holes all over.

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