Ginetta made headlines last month when they teased the silhouette of their new road-legal sportscar equipped with 600 hp and a whopping top speed of 200 mph. The wraps are off now as the automaker heads to the Geneva Motor Show, but I have to ask... where did the rest of the car go?
The car is all sharp edges and cutaway bodywork, which I understand is to add to its sporty race car aesthetic and aerodynamic prowess—but I’m just not feeling it. It looks like an angry skeleton. It looks like a Rorschach test. It looks like a horrible four-wheel Slingshot. It looks like the Corvette ZR1 LEGO Technics kit, which doesn’t even look like a car!
I would like to present the argument that this car is Bad. Other folks here at Jalopnik disagree, claiming that, somehow, the Ginetta is Good. I do not trust the eyesight of these people, but I’m turning this question out to the audience: How does this car make you feel?
I can’t deny that it sounds like it’s going to be a hell of a fun ride. The ultra-light chassis (2,535 pounds!) is powered by a naturally aspirated 6.0-liter dry-sumped V8 engine—a combination that results in 600 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. It’s supposed to hit a top speed of a wicked 200 mph, and it has all those nice luxuries like ABS, traction control, a reverse camera, and wireless phone charging packaged nicely inside a FIA-spec roll cage, according to Top Gear.
And it doesn’t have active aero, like some of your other supercars. All of the trypophobia-inducing holes in the bodywork serve that purpose for you. Nothing fancy. It’s all race car (albeit one that you can drive on the road).
Only 20 cars are expected to be made by 2020, so if you want one, you’re going to have to act fast and shill out a whopping £400,000 (that’s around $532,000 USD)—quite a hefty sum. That’s more than the $315,000 McLaren Spider, for example, which is a bold move from a marque with a temperamental presence in the auto industry.
If someone handed me the keys to this as-yet-unnamed Ginetta, I would not turn down the offer. I would also not want anyone to photograph me behind the wheel, because it is a very unfortunate looking machine.