Ginetta has taken delivery of its first Mecachrome turbocharged V6 LMP1 engine, which will be used in the development chassis for first planned run later this month.
The Mecachrome engine that will be used in the unnamed LMP1 car is a direct injection development of the motor built for GP2 (now F2), reworked specifically for endurance competition. The Ginetta LMP1, though, is now capable of accommodating other turbocharged and normally aspirated engine offerings.
This news comes shortly after TRS Racing/Manor confirmed its purchase of an LMP1 Ginetta chassis, although the team hasn’t yet revealed which engine it will use for its debut season in the WEC’s LMP1 division. The same goes for Ginetta’s unnamed customer team, which announced it intends to purchase three chassis for 2018/19, two for racing, one as a spare.
Notably, RACER also understands that should the early development work and testing go well for TRS Racing and Manor’s Ginetta project, the purchase of a second chassis is highly likely for the team.
The car will be unveiled formally in the UK next January at a motorsport exhibition in Birmingham ahead of its public on-track debut at the WEC’s 36-hour pre-season Prologue test at Paul Ricard in April.