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Whilst Ginetta’s history stretches right back to 1958, the G40 is a fairly new offering. Launched in 2010 it represented a significant development of the G20 open-top racer that came before it. With around 150bhp and weighing 820kg, performance is at the next level, but it stayed true to the G20’s simple, lightweight philosophy to ensure it remained relatively affordable to buy and run. The motive power unit is a Ford Zetec 1.8-litre four-cylinder with drive sent rearwards through a Mazda MX-5 sourced H-pattern five-speed manual gearbox and a Quaife ATB diff. Grip is provided by a set of sticky Avon ZZR tyres.
According to the Ginetta Racing Drivers Club website the G40 GRDC is “Built with the track day enthusiast in mind, the G40 Club offers a pure driving experience. Fully road legal yet able to withstand the rigours of track driving, the G40 is light, agile and offers exceptional handling”.
The car was created to offer an entry-level opportunity to anyone who was considering getting involved in motorsport but didn't feel able to commit to a full championship. To quote the GRDC website again "The perfect way for amateurs to test their mettle at racing, our all-inclusive Ginetta Racing Drivers' Club package is designed specifically for the first-time racing driver. Alongside fellow Club members, we equip our GRDC drivers with all they need to get racing each other in our four-round, UK series in their very own, road-legal, G40 Club Car".
The well known and respected TV personality, Ant Anstead, needs no introduction and amongst his many activities, he is probably best known as the likeable presenter of the popular Wheeler Dealers show on the Discovery channel. Ant bought this Ginetta a few years ago after it had won the GRDC championship but the time has come for someone else to enjoy this road-legal pocket rocket.
It's had very little use since 2017, when a brand new engine and clutch were fitted by Ginetta, purely as a precaution we understand. The odometer shows just over 8,000 miles but the engine mileage is significantly lower. Priced attractively, this special little car offers very good value and the ability to drive to the circuit, race hard and then drive home again.