Ginetta F400

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Ginetta F400
Farbio GTS.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Ginetta Cars
Also called Farbio GTS
Production 2007–2010 (Farbio)
2010–2011 (Ginetta)
Assembly Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Body and chassis
Class Sports car (S)
Body style 2-door coupe
Layout MR layout
Related Farboud GTS
Powertrain
Engine 3.0 L supercharged Ford Cologne V6
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,675 mm (105 in)
Length 4,220 mm (166 in)
Width 2,130 mm (84 in)
Height 1,170 mm (46 in)
Kerb weight 1,036 kg (2,284 lb)[1]
Chronology
Successor Ginetta G60

The Ginetta F400, previously known as the Farbio GTS, and originally developed by Arash Motor Company as the Farboud GTS,[2] was a sports car produced by the British car manufacturer Ginetta Cars. It was the first car planned for production by Farbio Sports Cars until the rights of the car were sold to Ginetta in 2010.[3]

Farbio GTS/Farboud GT[edit]

The Farbio GTS was originally conceived in 2002 as the Farboud GT with a twin-turbocharged Audi V6 engine from the Audi RS4.[4] Arash sold the rights of the car to the newly established Farbio Sports cars which eventually launched the car as the Farbio GTS in 2007 with sales commencing from the beginning of 2008.[5]

Three engine options were offered, with the GTS 260, 350 and 400. Both the GTS 350 and 400 featured a supercharged 3.0-litre Ford V6 engine derived from the Ford V6 Mustang. The GTS 400 produced 384 bhp (286 kW; 389 PS) providing a 0–60 mph acceleration time of 3.9 seconds, with a top speed of over 175 mph (282 km/h). The base GTS 260 model with 262 bhp (195 kW; 266 PS) could accelerate to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds.

F400[edit]

When Ginetta acquired the rights of the car in 2010, very little was altered from the original Farbio GTS, except the addition of a new supercharger to the Ford V6 engine. The engine then produced 410 hp (306 kW; 416 PS) and was coupled to a 6-speed manual transmission. Standard features for the F400 included adjustable black leather interior, leather trimmed dashboard, power-assisted sports steering, a Kenwood audio system and air conditioning. Other bespoke options included interior carpeting, coloured headliners, carbon fibre racing bucket seats trimmed in leather with four-point racing harness, carbon fibre steering wheel, coloured door inserts and an alcantara interior trim.

The F400 came with special 19-inch forged alloy wheels in gloss black or silver finish. Added exterior options included bespoke specialist paint, bare carbon doors, brake callipers painted in red colour and heated front windshield.

The F400 could accelerate from 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) in 3.7 seconds and could attain a top speed of 185 mph (298 km/h). Although these figures were never tested.[6]

The F400 was sold in limited numbers at a price of £95,000 (US$154,770) when production was halted in 2010 and the car underwent significant redevelopment to be relaunched at the end of 2011 as the Ginetta G60.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fast Car Laps
  2. ^ "Farboud GTS". Evo. 27 July 2005. Retrieved 28 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Dobie, Stephen (15 March 2010). "Ginetta buys Farbio". Evo. Retrieved 28 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Fraser, Brett (July 2004). "Farboud GTS". Evo. Archived from the original on 7 January 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2011. 
  5. ^ Cropley, Steve (6 December 2007). "Farbio GTS 3.0 V6 260". Autocar. Retrieved 28 December 2011. 
  6. ^ Kirby Garlitos (7 April 2011). "2011 Ginetta F400". topspeed. Retrieved 30 May 2018. 
  7. ^ Dobie, Stephen (5 October 2011). "Ginetta's G60 sports car launches". Evo. Retrieved 28 December 2011.