Ginetta has thrown its hat into the LMP2 mix, confirming plans to submit an expression of interest in a bid to become an approved chassis constructor in the new-for-2017 regulations.
The British manufacturer, which recently rolled out with its all-new Ginetta-Nissan LMP3 car, has already begun design work on a LMP2 concept, with plans to build a car based off its LMP3 chassis to explore its feasibility.
“I am happy to confirm Ginetta will be expressing our interest to become one of the four licensed chassis manufacturers for LMP2,” Ginetta Chairman Lawrence Tomlinson said.
“Ginetta are committed to offering a genuine motorsport ladder for our customers and LMP2 would further extend our current career options.”
Ginetta recently absorbed small-prototype constructor Juno, which has expanded its manufacturing abilities, particularly with the mass production of its LMP3 car.
“We have been producing race-winning GT cars for a number of years now and have a reputation for delivering in large numbers and against tight deadlines,” Tomlinson added.
“We’ve learnt an incredible amount from our LMP3 car, and it forms a great basis upon which to build an LMP2 car, which we believe we could do very well given the resources we already have.”
As Tomlinson points out, the initial proposal of a limit to four chassis constructors is expected to remain in place, with full details of the ACO, FIA and IMSA’s 2017 plan to be announced next week in Le Mans.
Ginetta joins ORECA, Onroak Automotive, Gibson, BR Engineering, Riley Technologies, Multimatic, Honda Performance Development and Wolf as manufacturers all likely to be placing LMP2 chassis bids.
All prospective manufacturers have until June 10 to submit an expression of interest.