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Ginetta Confirms First Order of Three LMP1 Cars

Ginetta confirms first order of three LMP1 cars for 2018…

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Ginetta has revealed that it has received the first order for its LMP1 car, confirming the first three sales to a customer team for a proposed two-car FIA World Endurance Championship program next year.

The identity of the team, which has purchased a third car for spares, is not yet known, although it’s understood a handful of existing WEC LMP2 operations, including Manor and Rebellion Racing, have been evaluating LMP1 efforts for the 2018/19 season.

“This is a big step forward for the program, and will be great news too for the FIA WEC and the ACO, who have placed a lot of faith in their new LMP1 regulations,” said Ginetta Cars Chairman Lawrence Tomlinson.

“For now you’ll have to wait for our customer to make their own announcement on this program.

“The signs are that they will soon be joined by more Ginetta customers in the top LMP1 class, and that a car conceived in our Yorkshire factory will soon be contesting overall wins in the World Endurance Championship, including at the world’s biggest race, the Le Mans 24 Hours.”

The UK-based constructor has pledged to produce a run of ten of the yet-to-be-named LMP1 chassis, fitted with Mecachrome engines, with the first chassis, earmarked as a development car, currently in production.

It is targeting sales to two other two-car teams, with a total of six cars still available for sale.

Manor Linked to Development Role

The Manor WEC team, meanwhile, has been linked for a development role with the car, which is expected to begin testing in November.

While not yet confirming its step up to the LMP1 class for 2018/19, the ex-Formula One squad, led by Graeme Lowdon and John Booth, is understood by Sportscar365 to be in contention to handle the car’s initial testing program later this year.

The British squad currently fields a pair of Oreca 07 Gibson LMP2 cars in the WEC and has been heavily rumored to be expanding its program into the top class for next year.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John



  1. TF110

    October 3, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Awesome news. And it looks like ByKolles will return as well. There’s at least 3 lmp1’s for Toyota to race against. Now we wait for the Dallara/BR engineering.

    • AF

      October 3, 2017 at 12:02 pm

      I have a suspicion that we’ll be hearing a bit more about the Boris Rotenburg/Dallara project in the near future.

    • jason

      October 3, 2017 at 1:44 pm

      Are you certain Toyota is going to be around? Maybe somebody is in the know and got the Ginettas because maybe they think Toyota is bye bye.

      • GM Guy

        October 3, 2017 at 2:15 pm

        Toyota is scared of the Cadillac DPi.

      • TF110

        October 3, 2017 at 2:44 pm

        Go to or search around for the story… Toyota wants to stay but they made it clear that they want the private teams to be able to challenge them on pace.

  2. Anonymous

    October 3, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Good News for LMP1!
    That’s 2 cars now 2 more before the end of the year would be nice!
    I suspect it is Manor who’ve bought the cars, don’t ask me why. I think Rebellion seems unlikely and might wait to see if Oreca’s new 09 LMP1 car materialises, given the two have history.

    I would like to add an err of caution, remember that Perrinn said the same thing back in May about 2 cars being ordered only for the deal to have collapsed by August.

    BR/Dallara for SMP Racing seems to still be “on track” and the news that ByKolles are still alive is encouraging.

    • Tyler Sanders

      October 3, 2017 at 4:21 pm

      For the Perrinn I do not think a deposit was made. Nor did they have a wind tunnel tested model unlike Ginetta

      • Max

        October 3, 2017 at 11:45 pm

        Ginetta managed to turn their LMP2 program into a relative win after being shut out of the constructor mandate. Since they’re claiming a reasonable number I think they have a safe claim. They have a good history of making good on their promises.

        Anyone who though for a moment there would be a 10+ car LMP1 field (let alone the 10 Ginetta claimed they could produce all being sold) were latching onto pipe dreams.

        I do hope the R-Ones get dusted off and get a chance to race against some real competition.

  3. vanillachinchilla

    October 3, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Come on Rebellion!!! Does anyone know if the R One is still eligible? Pulling for Strakka to come back too

    • Tyler Sanders

      October 3, 2017 at 12:23 pm

      Under the current rules it should still be eligible. It would need a major boost in power though. I think the Rebellion R One is the best looking prototype the past 4 years.

  4. Jenner

    October 3, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    HA! Real prototypes still racing in the French countryside next year. Sweet.

    Too bad they’re still banned from racing in the US.

    • Justin Porter

      October 3, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      Banned from racing in Europe and Asia, too. Last I checked, the ELMS was staying LMP2 only and the Asian Le Mans Series was going with a blend of grandfathered old-rules LMP2’s and restricted new-rules LMP2’s.

      • Jenner

        October 4, 2017 at 12:11 am

        Not banned from LeMans, the Greatest Sportscar Race on the Planet.

  5. GridS2Plaza

    October 3, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Nothing like getting excited that the P1 class might get to 5 or 6 cars on the grid.

    Getting on the grid is one thing. Being competitive or even reliable is something else.

    At this point except for the Lemans event, WEC as a series has fallen below, ELMS & IMSA in terms of competitive interest.

    How do you define “real” prototypes anyway.

  6. Steven

    October 3, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    If and when Toyota pulls the plug and there is no factory efforts. You will see the major privateer teams flood LMP1.

    Oreca is in the cards to build an LMP1 in 2019.

    If the ACO can somehow lower the costs and try to intrigue some manufacturers. that would be a plus, but the privateers have always been the ones that are there through thick and thin. I surely hope the DPi formula is the ultimate last resort as its a lazy form of a “factory effort.”

  7. Mamozrenesis

    October 4, 2017 at 1:50 am

    Good move by Ginetta.
    In other words they are saying “Come on people interested in running in LMP1. You will have some competitors and we have the cars ready for you!”
    Let’s hope this move will be a sort of domino and other people will soon join the LMP1 field!

  8. Pandy

    October 4, 2017 at 4:18 am

    Get recked americans and your stupid commemts you made all summer about the downfall of the greatest series ever aka WEC. Bmw next year baby 🙂

    • The Brad

      October 4, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      DPi is growing so IMSA is on the verge of its second prototype golden age of the century while LMP1 is falling apart u eurotrash.

    • Matt

      October 12, 2017 at 9:22 pm

      Jealous af. I’d be pissed if I lived in anywhere but the US and had to put up with the boring tracks the WEC races at, besides Spa.

  9. Blue Oval fan

    October 8, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    I love all the Euroboys getting butthurt over IMSA thriving, and the WEC collapsing. Just returned from the Petit, first time I’d been since 2011, when Audi, and Peugeot battled it out, must say I was very impressed with the DPi’s, they were bloody quick!, and put on a great race. The GT race was just as exciting, one of the best Petit’s I’ve seen!

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