Ginetta has confirmed that it will be the French engine builder Mecachrome, who will build the engines for their upcoming LMP1 car.
Earlier in the year when the project was announced, they hadn’t signed the contract, but now they have.
Ewan Baldry, Ginetta Technical Director: “We are delighted to be working with Bruno and Mecachrome on the Ginetta LMP1 engine. Both parties see the currently landscape in LMP1 as the perfect opportunity to become involved in the project and we look forward to a very exciting 2017.
Bruno Engelric, Mecachrome Motorsport Manager: “Mecachrome are very much looking forward to working with Ginetta as they make the journey towards LMP1. Having spent time with the team in the UK and France, it’s clear we both have some fantastic personnel working on the project and we look forward to the future.”
The engine will be a V6 turbo, in a non-hybrid version. Hybrid is not part of the plans since it’s still too advanced for privateer teams to run, and Ginetta’s plans are to sell it to private teams, and not run the car themselves, other than of course supplying spares and other support for the teams.
The basic design of the car is already fixed, but actual CFD testing will start in the near future, and Ginetta aims at getting the car testing this summer.