Race-prepped tech plus a spot for a license plate

The 2019 Geneva Motor Show certainly has no shortage of ultra-fast, ultra-expensive machinery on display, but British-based boutique automaker Ginetta hopes to rise to the top with the public debut of the 2020 Akula supercar. Mating Le Mans-derived go-fast equipment, low-weight carbon-intensive construction, and a legit street-worthy cabin, the Akula looks tempting. But can it steal the spotlight at an event popping at the seams with excessive horsepower?

Make It Fast Without Breaking Your Back

The 2020 Ginetta Akula Is Your New 200-MPH British Supercar Dream
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In case you were unaware, Ginetta has made sports cars and race cars since 1958, but the company’s limited production capacity has kept the name mostly under the radar compared to some of the more mainstream brands.

However, Ginetta sees that as an advantage.

“The concept behind the Akula was to build something truly individual, something that other brands cannot do due to corporate constraints,” said Ginetta Chairman, Lawrence Tomlinson. “Designed to cut through the air like a shark through water, the car unquestionably means business, and I’m proud to be manufacturing a car of such significance in the U.K.”

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The aquatic references continue with the name itself - “Akula” is the Russian word for shark, and it’s also a range of Soviet-era nuclear submarines.

We think it fits the exterior styling quite well, with the ultra-long hood line, sharp corners, and intake cuts giving the coupe some very menacing vibes. This particular model you see above is finished in Typhoon Black, adding to the theme.

However, the design was intended to do far more than just turn heads, as Ginetta looked to its racing program to inform the Akula’s overarching aerodynamics. For example, the rear wing uses the same shape as the company’s LMP1 race car, while the underbody diffuser and side exhaust allow for smoother airflow at speed.

All told, the Akula creates upwards of 376 kg (829 pounds) of downforce at 100 mph. That’s just three percent less than what you get with the company’s LMP3 race car.

Further endurance-racer inspiration can be found under the hood, where Ginetta once again pulled from its modern LMP1 racer.

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Making the go is a mid-mounted naturally aspirated, in-house engineered, 6.0-liter V-8 producing over 600 horsepower and 700 Nm (516 pound-feet) of torque.

This powerplant was specifically created for the Akula application, and incorporates dry-sump lubrication, a block hewn from billet aluminum, forged internal components, and in-house designed throttle bodies.

The 6.0-liter V-8 connects to a bespoke six-speed sequential paddle shift transmission, which feeds the rear wheels through a carbon-fiber prop shaft.

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In fact, carbon fiber can be found throughout the Akula, including the body panels and the monocoque construction.

The end result is a rather feathery curb weight, with a final figure of 1,150 kg (2,535 pounds). That means the Akula has an impressive power-to-weight ratio of 545 horsepower per metric ton.

That’s not too shabby for a modern supercar, but the Akusa’s handling chops are even more impressive. For starters, those 2,535 pounds are spread evenly over the two axles thanks to a cab-back design that places the engine very close to the car’s “true center.” Weight distribution is rated at 48 percent front, 51 percent in the rear.

Handling the heft is a race-derived suspension setup with pushrod-activated double-wishbones at both ends, the same thing you get on the Ginetta LMP racer. Hydraulic power-assist steering makes it turn, while just a few basic electronic aides (ABS, traction control) are there to assist if you muck it up.

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The wheels are made from carbon fiber and use a race-inspired center-lock mechanism. Measurements come to 19 inches in diameter up front and 20 inches in diameter at the rear. Michelin rubber makes the traction, while carbon ceramic brakes from Alcon drop the anchor.

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Step inside the cabin and you’ll find an LMP-inspired steering wheel made from carbon fiber, plus aluminum shift paddles.

There’s also a fully adjustable floor-mounted pedal box.

Interestingly, Ginetta maintains that the Akula isn’t just for track duties - you really can drive this thing on the street without breaking your back. To that end, the cabin comes with some Alcantara upholstery here and there. There’s also a suite of electronic comfort features like a reverse camera, automatic headlights, parking sensors, a wireless phone charger, air conditioning, and heated front and rear windscreens. What’s more, the trunk can hold up to 675 liters (23.8 cubic-feet) of stuff.

“Given the low volume of production, Ginetta weren’t compromised by having to utilize an existing chassis or drivetrain, allowing the engineers to optimize every aspect of the car,” Ginetta says.

Production is quite limited, capped at 20 units slated to roll out over the next year. Pricing starts at 340,000 pounds ($448,086 at current exchange rates, 03/05/2019). Sixty percent of available production was already sold prior to the car’s debut.

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What’s more, each purchase includes access to a Ginetta factory driver, a full pit crew, and opportunities to drive a variety of Ginetta race cars.

“This exclusive ownership experience will be an induction into the Ginetta family for Akula owners and the start of a supercar ownership experience like no other,” Ginetta says.

The 2020 Ginetta Akula competes with mainstream rivals like the Lamborghini Lamborghini Huracán Performante, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, and the Ferrari 488 GTB.

Overall, we think this latest British supercar has a lot to offer. It looks unique, and definitely stands apart from the usual Lambo/Porsche/Ferrari you’d expect from the segment.

We like how important customer customization is to the purchasing process: “Aside from building a personal relationship with the engineers that built their car, Akula owners will also be given a full introduction to the Ginetta brand with a customer experience day culminating in track time in the G58 racer,” Ginetta says. For reference, the G58’s spec is very close to that of the Akula, but the G58 sheds a bit more weight and loses a few ponies as well.

It’s also great to see a brand actively training customers to handle a race-inspired performance car.

As average horsepower numbers continue to rise higher and higher, having the skills to put it all to good use becomes even more important.

What do you think? Is the 2020 Ginetta Akula worth the price of admission? Let us know in the comments section below.

Further Reading

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2016 Ginetta G57 Prototype Racer
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Read our full review on the 2016 Ginetta G57 Prototype Racer.

2015 Ginetta-Juno LMP Track Car Exterior
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Ginetta-Juno gives us a look at the first-ever LMP3 race car.

Read our full review on the 2015 Ginetta-Juno LMP Track Car.

2012 Ginetta G60 Exterior
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Read our full review on the Ginetta G60.

Today the Ginetta supercar made its world debut at the Geneva International Motorshow where company Chairman Lawrence Tomlinson confirmed the name, pricing and further ownership details of its all-new supercar.

The combination of aerodynamically optimised design and potent performance found in the new supercar required a fitting name, and given the car’s formidable presence Akula was chosen. Being the Russian word for ‘shark’ as well as a term for nuclear-powered attack submarines, the predatory character of both subjects lent themselves well to Ginetta’s creation. Finished in ‘Typhoon Black’, the Akula captivated the crowd in Geneva with its menacing appearance.

Chairman Lawrence Tomlinson commented: “The concept behind the Akula was to build something truly individual, something that other brands cannot do due to corporate constraints. Designed to cut through the air like a shark through water, the car unquestionably means business, and I’m proud to be manufacturing a car of such significance in the UK.”

A true limited-edition vehicle, the Akula is priced at GBP 340,000 on the road. Production will be limited to just 20 units in 2020, with 60% of this allocation already sold before the car was publicly unveiled.

Paramount to Ginetta’s supercar programme was customer inclusion, with the barriers often associated with supercar ownership firmly removed. Aside from building a personal relationship with the engineers that built their car, Akula owners will also be given a full introduction to the Ginetta brand with a customer experience day culminating in track time in the G58 racer.

The G58 is the closest thing to strapping in to an endurance racer as non-professionals are likely to achieve. The G58 is powered by a 575bhp V8 power plant, weighs just 940 kilograms and showcases some of the race-derived technology utilised in the Akula to whole new levels.

With a Ginetta factory driver, full pit crew and a range of Ginetta vehicles from G40 up to G58 at their disposal, this exclusive ownership experience will be an induction into the Ginetta family for Akula owners and the start of a supercar ownership experience like no other.

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 built 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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