Ginetta’s new-for-2018 LMP1 car has begun wind tunnel testing, with the non-hybrid prototype having completed the first week-long test at Williams Advanced Engineering in England.
A scale model of the car was used for the tests, which the British constructor said resulted in “significant gains” in terms of downforce and drag during the initial five-day test at the cutting-edge facility.
“It’s been an immensely positive first test for Ginetta,” said Ginetta Head of Aerodynamics Andy Lewis.
“We had simulated hundreds of runs in CFD before heading to Williams Advanced Engineering, we conducted aero mapping and correlation exercises to verify the initial tunnel results, from there the aero development has made a strong start with big improvements in efficiency.”
Ginetta Technical Director Ewan Baldry added: “The amount of data gathered, along with the gains we made whilst in the tunnel gives the team back in Leeds a fantastic platform on which to further build on the aero development of our LMP1 project.
“The model itself was a work of art. The many pressure tappings, pneumatic scale tires, ultra-low friction suspension, intricacy of the uprights and the brake detailing were a sight to behold.
“Furthermore, the Mecachrome engine had been reproduced using rapid prototyping technology – all of which means we have been provided with a fantastic tool with which to do our aero development.”
Ginetta has targeted to have up to six cars on the grid in the FIA World Endurance Championship next year, although it has yet to confirm a first customer for the project.
The rolling chassis has been priced at $1.67 million, with a full engine and technical support package at $744,000 per year.