The Ginetta G12 was a car produced between 1966 and 1968.
The G12 was essentially a mid-engined version of the hugely successful G4 GT racer. G12 was a mid-engined racer from Ginetta which achieved huge success on the track.
The G12 was a two-seater coupe with two doors. The cars had a multi-tubular space frame clothed in a lightweight fiberglass body which weighed around 1200 lbs in total. The cars were fitted with Lotus twin-cam 1600cc engine with twin Weber carburettors. The engine was mated to a Hewland 5-speed transaxle sending the power to the rear wheels. The suspension at the front was comprised of double wishbones with coil over shocks. The rear had double radius arms, upper transverse links, coil-over shocks, and lower wishbones. Girling disc brakes could be found on all four corners.
The G12 cost £1,200 (as rolling body/chassis unit) and more than 50 were made.
The G12 utilised a mid-engine layout and was used as a competition car. At the racing debut of the G12 at Silverstone, it set a lap record. The following race at Snetterton, the G12 won its class. It was not uncommon for these small, lightweight machines to outpace the larger competitors, such as the mighty Shelby Cobras and Ford GT40s.
Ginetta G12 Petit
The G12 Petit was a design study carried out by Richard Petit, Ford's Head of Advanced Vehicle Concepts Studio for his Masters degree. A very few were constructed with the cars being based on the chassis/running gear of G12.
The ones that were produced were built in 1967 and were two-seater sports cars.
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