There’s been three weeks since the Automobile Club de l ‘Ouest (ACO), officially presented the new class for endurance racing, called the LMP3 and today we see the first team that will join the category.
Of course, as you understand, it is none other than the Ginetta, the British manufacturer of sports and racing cars that recently acquired Juno, a racing car manufacturer company, founded by a former engineer of Williams F1, Ewan Baldry a decade ago. With the two companies under one roof now, the Ginetta-Juno announced plans to compete in the third grade class of Le Mans.
As the regulations, all new vehicles of category, are based on a carbon fiber chassis, with a closed cockpit with FIA certification and the classic “fin” on the back. The width will be the same as that of the upper classes (LMP1 and LMP2), the length is about 15 centimeters shorter and the weight be limited to 870-900 kilos. The race car will use a V8 engine which delivers 420 hp while the ECU is of Magnetti Marelli, finally the tires will be the size of those used in the Porsche Cup. Besides the above, all the aerodynamic solutions will vary for each group.
The price of the vehicle should not exceed €195,000 (€135.000 for the chassis and €60.000 for the engine) and the cost of participation for an entire ELMS season will be about €350,000 to €400,000. Finally, with regard to the speed of the LMP3 cars, according to estimates, they will be two seconds faster than the GTE in most tracks.
The Ginetta-Juno plans to participate in both the European and Asian Le Mans Series the next season, with their hopes being to return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the near future. Ginetta had run four years ago at Le Mans with various prototypes of Zytek, with the drivers Nigel Mansell and his sons Greg and Leo, but did not achieve much.