Ginetta has confirmed the submission of its expression of interest in becoming a licenced LMP2 chassis manufacturer, ahead of the proposed regulation changes in 2017.
The Yorkshire based outfit currently supplies an LMP3 chassis (pictured) to customers in the European Le Mans Series, and after achieving success with its cost-cutting Le Mans Prototype programme in the first months of 2015, is now drawing up plans for a full-scale LMP2 effort.
Ginetta’s design team has already begun work on creating a modified LMP3 chassis that will provide the basis for its LMP2 projection.
The announcement comes during a period of uncertainty for the LMP2 class, after the ACO put forward a proposal that would whittle down the number of chassis manufacturers to four in an attempt to control the category’s spiralling costs.
Ginetta’s LMP2 car would be eligible for a number of high level sportscar championships, including the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series, United Sportscar Championship and Asian Le Mans Series.
“I am happy to confirm Ginetta will be expressing our interest to become one of the four licensed chassis manufacturers for LMP2,” said Ginetta Chairman Lawrence Tomlinson. “Ginetta are committed to offering a genuine motorsport ladder for our customers, and LMP2 would further extend our current career options.
“We have been producing race-winning GT cars for a number of years now, and have a reputation for delivering in large numbers and against tight deadlines.”
“We’ve learnt an incredible amount from our LMP3 car, and it forms a great basis upon which to build an LMP2 car, which we believe we could do very well given the resources we already have.”
Ginetta has now been added to a growing list of prototype manufacturers that are interested in making a 2017-spec LMP2 chassis, which includes Onroak Automotive, ORECA, HPD and Wolf.