A Supercar Made In Leeds? That’ll Be The New Ginetta Akula
Andy Harris, Motoring and Property Editor
Under the twinkling lights of the Geneva Motor Show, Ginetta unveiled their new supercar to an expectant audience.
Named Akula, the Russian word for shark, the supercar also shares its name with nuclear-powered attack submarines. Finished in Typhoon Black, there is certainly an air of menace in the car’s appearance.
Priced at a heady £340,000, only the seriously wealthy need apply. Be quick though, as only twenty cars will be built with 60% already presold to the Ginetta cognoscenti.
The Ginetta supercar experience encompasses much more than just ownership. The desire was to create a programme of customer inclusion, with the barriers often associated with supercar living firmly removed.
Customers will be invited to form a personal relationship with the engineers building their car and no doubt will be able to watch the car being built.
Akula owners will also enjoy a full introduction to the Ginetta brand with a customer experience day culminating in track time with a G58 race car.
I’m told the G58 is the closest thing to strapping in to an endurance racer as a non-professional is likely to achieve.
The G58 boasts a 575bhp V8 engine at its heart and weighs just 940kg. It showcases some of the race-derived technology utilised in the new Akula.
The supercar ownership experience also includes time with a Ginetta factory driver and full pit crew. The latter will be on hand to help the Akula owner try a selection of the company’s cars from the G40 up to the aforementioned G58.
Ginetta owner Lawrence Tomlinson commented:
“We’re a small company but we pack a punch, and our customers should be the ones who truly benefit from that. We compete with other manufacturers on the race track, but with our supercar we’re offering something different and aimed at those who want a true connection with the brand that build their car.
"Whether it be taking to the track in a G58 or making your bespoke specification choices with us at the factory, Akula owners will be truly involved in all things Ginetta.”
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Acquired by Le Mans winner and entrepreneur Lawrence Tomlinson in 2005, the company is now known globally for its motorsport activities.
Ginetta operates a network of racing series, from nurturing young talent through the Ginetta Junior programme (one graduate of which is McLaren F1 driver Lando Norris) through to prototype racing such as LMP1.
Every car is hand built in a state-of-the-art factory just outside Leeds in West Yorkshire. The company has continuously developed its technology and manufacturing capabilities, with the factory equipped with autoclaves, CNC machining capability and extensive design facilities.
As a result, Ginetta now carries out more original engineering than any other UK car company of its size and has produced more GT4 cars than any other global manufacturer.
Translating this expertise and manufacturing capability into an an all-new supercar, 2019 will see Ginetta return to the company’s roots in ultra-lightweight, high-power road cars.
A Supercar Made In Leeds? That’ll Be The New Ginetta Akula, 27th March 2019, 14:28 PM