The Ginetta-Juno P3-15, also known as the Ginetta-Juno P3 is a Le Mans Prototype LMP3 built to ACO Le Mans Prototype LMP3 regulations. It was designed by Ewan Baldry, and built by Ginetta Cars. The car was the first car to launch, and run in the class, with it making its debut at the 2015 4 Hours of Silverstone. It subsequently formed the basis of the G57 P2, and the later G58. A direct successor to the P3-15, the G61-LT-P3, was developed to meet the new 2020 LMP3 regulations, while retaining the original tub utilised in the P3-15.[1][2]

Development

In 2013, the ACO announced a new category of Le Mans Prototypes, known as LMP3, which would replace the previous Le Mans Prototype Challenge (LMPC) class in 2015.[3][4] Shortly afterwards, Juno Racing Cars announced that it would be building a car for the class, before it was purchased by Ginetta.[5] The engine is a Nissan VK50VE producing 420 hp, paired to an Xtrac 6-Speed Manual Sequential Gearbox. The car had its first shakedown run at Leeds East Airport, with Ginetta chairman Lawrence Tomlinson at the wheel.[6]

The car was initially overweight, due to a misprediction of the mass of the powertrain, until the minimum weight of the class was raised to 930 kg by the ACO.[7] After the 2015 season, it was announced that Ginetta would be moving on from the project, and focusing on the G57 P2 Track day car.[8] This was due to a dispute between powertrain components supplier ORECA, and Ginetta.[9]

The tub of the car is shared with its successors, the Ginetta G57 P2, the Ginetta G58, and the Ginetta G61-LT-P3, and can be upgraded with new bodywork and engine configurations to be built up into its successors.[10]

Roborace Devbot

Roborace Devbot, based on the Ginetta P3 Chassis

The car also formed the base of the Roborace Devbot, used for the development of the Artificial Intelligence software for the future electrically powered autonomous racing series.[11] The Devbot incorporates the same internal units that are used in the actual RoboCar, and is stripped off all bodywork, to provide better cooling and access.[12] The Devbot would have its initial public test during Pre-Season testing for the 2016–17 FIA Formula E Championship, at the Donington Park Circuit.

Competition History

In October 2014, the first car was announced to be sold to the University of Bolton, under its Centre for Advanced Performance Engineering (CAPE).[13] For the 2015 season, 6 cars would be run in the European Le Mans series, with 2 run by the factory Ginetta team, Team LNT.[14] The factory cars secured the 1st and 2nd in the LMP3 Championship. The Ginettas also won all races in the season,[15] while the sole non-Ginetta car, a Ligier JS P3 run by Graff Racing managed a podium on its debut, at the end of the season.

Following the end of the season, after Ginetta's announcement, that it would shift its focus towards the G57 P2, the car was dropped by most teams, which switched to the Ligier JS P3.[16][17][18] The car has remained more popular in Asia since the 2015 season, although it is noted to be similarly quick to the Ligier.[19]

Complete European Le Mans Series results

Results in bold indicate pole position. Results in italics indicate fastest lap.

Year Entrant Class Drivers No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Points Pos
United Kingdom
SIL
Italy
IMO
Austria
RBR
France
LEC
Portugal
EST
2015 United Kingdom Team LNT LMP3 France Gaëtan Paletou 2 2 Ret 3 Ret 1 58 2nd
United Kingdom Michael Simpson 2 Ret Ret 1
Russia Mark Shulzhitskiy 3
United Kingdom Chris Hoy 3 1 Ret 1 1 3 94 1st
United Kingdom Charlie Robertson 1 Ret 1 1 3
Italy Villorba Corse Italy Roberto Lacorte 5 Ret 2 2 Ret 36 5th
Italy Giorgio Sernagiotto Ret 2 2 Ret
United Kingdom University of Bolton United Kingdom Rob Garofall 7 3 1 40 4th
Germany Jens Petersen 3
Denmark Morten Dons 1
United Kingdom Lanan Racing United Kingdom Alex Craven 11 Ret 3 16 7th
United Kingdom Joey Foster Ret
United Kingdom Charlie Hollings Ret
Russia Mark Shulzhitskiy 3
Spain SVK by Speed Factory Latvia Konstantīns Calko 15 4 2 Ret 3 4 57 3rd
Lithuania Dainius Matijošaitis 4 2 Ret 3 4
Spain Jesús Fuster 4 2 Ret 4
Netherlands Mirco van Oostrum 3
United Kingdom
SIL
Italy
IMO
Austria
RBR
France
LEC
Belgium
SPA
Portugal
EST
Points Pos
2016 Republic of Ireland MurphyP3-3Dimensional.com LMP3 United States Tony Ave 14 Ret 0 N/A
Republic of Ireland Michael Cullen Ret
United States Doug Peterson Ret

Complete Asian Le Mans Series results

Results in bold indicate pole position. Results in italics indicate fastest lap.

Year Entrant Class Drivers No. 1 2 3 4 Points Pos
China
ZHU
Japan
FUJ
Thailand
BUR
Malaysia
SEP
2016 - 2017 Slovakia ARC Bratislava LMP3 United Kingdom Darren Burke 4 4 2 1 6 63 2nd
Slovakia Miroslav Konopka 4 2 1
United Kingdom Mike Simpson 4 2 1
Latvia Konstantīns Calko 6
Australia Neale Muston 7 5 4 2 7 46 5th
Latvia Konstantīns Calko 5 4 2
Slovakia Miroslav Konopka 7
United Kingdom Mike Simpson 7
Philippines PRT Racing Netherlands Ate de Jong 67 Ret 5 4 Ret 22 8th
United Kingdom Charlie Robertson Ret 5 4 Ret
Estonia Martin Rump Ret 5
Malaysia Aylezo Ecotint Racing Malaysia Zen Low 69 Ret 6 8 4 24 7th
Malaysia Weiron Tan Ret 6 8 4
Italy Giacomo Barri Ret
United Kingdom Riki Christodoulou 6 8 4
China
ZHU
Japan
FUJ
Thailand
BUR
Malaysia
SEP
Points Pos
2017 - 2018 Japan TKS LMP3 Japan Yuta Kamimura 99 3 15 6th
Japan Shinyo Sano 3
Japan Takuya Shirasaka 3
China
ZHU
Japan
FUJ
Thailand
BUR
Malaysia
SEP
Points Pos
2018 - 2019 Slovakia ARC Bratislava LMP3 Australia Neale Muston 44 9 2 10th
United Kingdom Mike Simpson 9

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