When Ginetta unveiled her brand new supercar in 2019, at the Palexpo in Geneva, the most popular motor show in the world, people were amazed by the unique concepts of the vehicle, which perfectly mimicked some of the best attributes of real racing cars. The British motorsport company prides itself on producing innovative and capable sports cars, and the Akula was no exception. The vehicle, coined after the Russian word for shark, features aggressive aerodynamics and a naturally aspirated V8 engine that produces over 600 horsepower and around 520 pound-feet of torque. This shark-like supercar has some pretty impressive capabilities. Its balanced and ultra-light body allows for top-level performance, such as reaching 60 mph in just 3 seconds and having a top speed of 200 mph.
The Akula perfectly illustrates the technical prowess of Ginetta. The company generally focuses on making high-performance endurance racing cars for the track; however, Lawrence Tomilson, the president of Ginetta, wanted to create something quite special: a racing car designed for the road. This supercar’s everyday handling is just one thing to love about it. He also has many quirky qualities that make his unique nature quite obvious. The Akula might not be the best known, but there are plenty of reasons to admire Ginetta’s flagship road car. It’s hard to say it’s not the first of its kind. Here are 10 reasons why the Ginetta Akula is awesome:
ten carbon fiber supercar
Carbon fiber is a common material used in high-end racing cars for its desirable characteristics. It’s a strong yet lightweight material, and it’s no wonder Ginetta used carbon fiber in the construction of the Akula.
The vehicle features a monocoque frame and full carbon fiber body panels. The driver and passenger seats actually rest on the exposed carbon fiber monocoque! Due to its carbon fiber construction, the Akula weighs only 2535 pounds, which is much lighter than your average supercar.
9 Maximized aerodynamic gains
The design of the car beautifully maximizes its aerodynamics. Ginetta’s engineering team built the Akula the same way they build their race cars. Design engineers perform computer wind tunnel simulations to ensure that no high pressure regions exist on the vehicle.
On top of that, Ginetta performs actual wind tunnel testing to comprehensively analyze their vehicle’s functionality. The vehicle has market-leading downforce thanks to its race-inspired front and rear diffusers.
8 Adaptive suspension system
The Akula features an adjustable pushrod activated double wishbone suspension system. The same suspension system is used on Ginetta’s LMP1 car. This type of active suspension system allows for better adaptation and control when driving on different roads.
With this type of suspension system, drivers enjoy a smooth ride that easily exceeds their expectations. Ginetta uses this type of suspension system on the Akula because it helps optimize aerodynamics.
7 Hydraulic power steering and six-speed paddle shifters
Drivers of this car will appreciate hydraulic power steering and six-speed sequential paddles. Hydraulic power steering allows for easier control and maneuverability, while six-speed paddle shifters make it easy to change gears while keeping your hands on the wheel.
Every detail has been carefully considered when designing this shark-like supercar. Components such as hydraulic power steering and six-speed sequential gearbox complete the lightweight aero machine to deliver an exceptional driving experience.
6 Unique race-inspired cabin
The Akula’s cabin will excite any race car driver. Its race-focused dashboard sits just above its LMP1-inspired steering wheel, and fixed ergonomic seats rest on the car’s spacious carbon-fiber tray.
The cabin still fits the driver like a glove; Even though the seats don’t move, the electronic pedals and steering wheel move to accommodate drivers of different sizes and preferences. The race-inspired vehicle even has an integrated roll bar hidden behind its modern interior.
5 Practical technology
The Akula is packed with handy technology. It includes an anti-lock braking system, traction control, automatic headlights, rear view camera, heated front and rear screens, wireless phone charging, traction control, and more.
While it doesn’t have all the luxury features of other supercars, the technology pack offers drivers practical real-world functionality without compromising a truly unique driving experience.
4 Ginetta GT performance engine
With a naturally aspirated, 90-degree dry-sump 6.0-litre V8 engine built in-house by Ginetta, it’s no wonder the Akula delivers peak GT performance. This unit is constructed from a single block of billet aluminum with forged internals and features Ginetta’s unique throttle body designs.
The bespoke transmission, designed in-house specifically for the Akula, sits on the ground between driver and passenger. Ginetta describes it as a true mid-engine setup. It offers near-perfect weight distribution of 49% front and 51% rear.
3 Bold exterior
This supercar has no active aerodynamics, but the crazy aerodynamics are evident on the Akula’s exterior. Looking at the side skirts, or maybe the grille, aerodynamics were obviously a priority when designing the body.
Many supercars opt for smooth surfaces and clean lines, but the Akula is unique with its intense, abrasive shell. It’s a wicked looking supercar that looks absolutely intimidating.
2 Exclusive and individual machine
Ginetta wanted to build something truly individual. The company seeks to provide its customers with an exceptional driving experience; This is why they will guide customers through a bespoke seat fit to ensure the car fits the individual. With most of its components designed in-house, customers can expect to get a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted machine.
Ginetta seeks to maintain the exclusivity of the Akula by only manufacturing around 30-50 units per year. In 2020, only 20 units were produced. The highly desirable supercar costs just under $450,000.
1 Racing is at the heart of Ginetta
Ginetta has specialized in the production of hand-built racing cars since 1958. Lawrence Tomilson acquired the British company in 2005. As chairman of Ginetta, Tomilson, winner of the 2006 Le Mans GT2 class, has racing in his heart. The Akula is no different; It was Tomilson’s vision to create a beautiful and powerful race-derived supercar, he succeeded, and he didn’t stop there.
The Akula is truly one of a kind, with its quality aerodynamics and adaptability, the supercar lives up to its name. This British motorsport company has been making waves with The Akula, we can certainly expect Ginetta to come up with more creative and innovative road cars in the future.
British sports cars can be considered both fast and stylish, but when it comes to supercars, Britain has nothing on Italy… or does it?
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