CAR

Le Mans Prototype

In the fall of 2014, Ginetta Cars acquired Juno Racing Cars with an eye on building and marketing a sports prototype racer for the all-new LMP3 class. A specialist manufacturer of small sport cars, Juno had all the know-how and capabilities that Ginetta lacked, while the latter could bank on a much larger network and better name-recognition.

Limited by a cost-cap, the new Ginetta LMP3 car was very much a conventional design built around a strong yet light carbon-fibre monocoque. Suspension was by double wishbones and push-rod actuated springs and dampers on all four corners. To further reduce costs, the regulations also dictated the use of a spec drivetrain; a Nissan V8 engine and XTrac gearbox, supplied by Oreca.

For the 2015 season a total of ten cars were build, two of which were to be raced by the Nissan-backed Team LNT works team. Among its drivers were Nissan protégé and legendary Olympic cyclist Sir Chris Hoy and our factory driver Charlie Robertson. In the European Le Mans Series, the LMP3 cars replaced the Courage-Oreca
LMPC machines.

For most of the 2015 season, the LMP3 class was a Ginetta affair with the rivalling Ligier JS-P3 not arriving until the fifth and final race of the year. Ginetta won all five rounds wit Team LNT taking four victories, three of which were clinched by Sir Chris Hoy and his young partner Charlie Robertson. They were also crowned inaugural LMP3 champions.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Configuration

Nissan VK50 Nismo 90º V8

Location

Mid, longitudinally mounted

Construction

aluminium block and head

Displacement

5,000 cc / 305.1 cu in

Valvetrain

4 valves / cylinder, DOHC

Fuel feed

Fuel Injection

Lubrication

Dry sump

Aspiration

Naturally Aspirated

Power

420 bhp / 313 KW

BHP/Liter

84 bhp / liter

Body

composite panels

Chassis

carbon-fibre and aluminium honeycomb monocoque

Suspension (fr/r)

double wishbones, push-rod actuated springs and dampers, anti-roll bar

Steering

rack-and-pinion

Brakes (fr/r)

Alcon ventilated discs, 6-pot caliper

Gearbox

XTrac 6 speed Semi-Automatic

Drive

Rear wheel drive

Weight

900 kilo / 1,984 lbs

Length / Width / Height

4,650 mm (183.1 in) / 1,950 mm (76.8 in) / 1,085 mm (42.7 in)

Fuel tank

100 Litre (26.4 Gallon US / 22 Gallon Imperial)

Power to weight

0.47 bhp / kg