The 2020 Ginetta Akula Is Your New 200-MPH British Supercar Dream
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?
The Ginetta name might not ring a bell when it comes to road-going cars, but in the world of motorsports, the name is fairly well known. Earlier this year, Ginetta stepped into prototype racing with a new car known as the 2015 Ginetta-Juno LMP Track Car. That specific car was eligible for a number of different race categories, including the European Le Mans series. It was also aimed at the Asian Le Mans Series as well. And now, with 2015 coming to an end, Ginetta has announced another all-new prototype called the Ginetta G57.
Ginetta put a lot of work into the G57, and as fate would have it, the G57 has already been accepted for racing in the French VdeV series, as well as other open sports car championships. We don’t know a whole lot about the new G57, as it has yet to make its official public debut. That won’t take place until mid-January at Autosport International – Europe’s premier pre-season motorsport show.
We may not be able to cover the G57 in extreme detail as we would like to do, at least not until January 14th when it makes its official debut. In the meantime, however, we’ve covered it as well as we can below, so keep on reading to see all the details we’ve obtained thus far.
Continue reading to learn more about the Ginetta G57 Prototype Racer.
Ginetta may be one of Britain’s lesser-known manufacturers when it comes to road cars, but the Leeds-based company is quite active in the world of motorsports. It runs three different championships in the UK, two of which can be seen alongside famous series such as the British Touring Car Championship and the British GT. For 2015, Ginetta is venturing into prototype racing with an LMP track car that’s eligible for a wide range of categories, including the European Le Mans Series and the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans race. The project comes to life with support from Juno Racing Cars, a sports car constructor Ginetta has purchased in 2014.
The Brits are the first to unveil a race car for the LMP3 class, a brand-new category introduced for both the European and Asian Le Mans Series. The new class slots right below the LMP2 category and above the LM GTE Pro, with the cars featuring a closed cockpit configuration and a similar exterior design. Just like LMP1 and LMP2 cars, the LMP3 racers must include a carbon-fiber chassis, a metal roll bar, a shark’s fin mounted behind the cockpit and openings on top of the wheel arches.
The European and Asian Le Mans Series are the only competitions Ginetta is aiming with the LMP3 track car. The Brits claim the vehicle is eligible for the Malaysian Super Series, Open Sports Car Series, Dutch SuperCar Challenge and the Britcar Endurance Championship as well. Read on for the full details.
Click past the jump to read more about the Ginetta-Juno LMP Track Car.