Ginetta to Join LMP1 in 2018

After trying to become a listed LMP2 chassis constructor, and being denied the possibility, Ginetta has switched focus to the LMP1-L class. It has been confirmed today that they will enter into the LMP1 field in 2018.

The ACO’s five-year rule freeze in LMP1 appears to be working; the reason for the freeze was to entice more manufacturers into the class to extend the grid after the departure of Rebellion Racing and Audi Sport Racing at the end of last year. Ginetta is hopefully the first of many to look into developing a car to enter into the World Endurance Championship LMP1 class.

The project is already underway and Ginetta looks to be aiming high for their debut in 2018. Already having confirmed being at an advanced stage in talks with Mecachrome as an engine supplier and Xtrac for their gearbox supplier, they have recruited Adrian Reynard as the head of aero development, Paolo Catone to be heavily involved in the LMP1-L design, and a yet to be named Head of Aerodynamics who bring LMP1-H experience.

Ginetta is in no rush to get the operation complete. They plan to produce ten chassis and, instead of running a factory-based outfit, supply three teams to run a two-car operation. This should hopefully bring an extra six cars to the LMP1 class, which would bring the grid numbers about what they were in 2016 for the class. Although the 2017 grid in LMP1 will hold only five cars for full season, the future of LMP1 looks a lot less bleak than it did at the end of 2016.