2020 Ginetta Akula
British race- and sports-car builder Ginetta attended the 2019 Geneva Motor Show with its latest creation, the Akula. Named after the Russian word that translates to “shark,” the Akula looks every bit like an asphalt predator. The Akula combines an attention-grabbing design with a low-weight carbon-intensive construction and Le Mans-derived performance equipment. That’s an excellent formula for a niche model that’s looking to strike down the titans of its segment. Can the Ginetta Akula do it? We’re going to find out.
Not a lot of people remember that Ginetta was founded by the four Walkett brothers - Bob, Ivor, Trevor, and Douglas - from Sufford, England in the late 50’s. The brand has since changed hands a couple of times, most recently in 2005 when it was bought by LNT Automotive.
We bring this up because the original owners of Ginetta are making a return in the industry, only this time, they’re starting up a new brand that has been creatively christened as Dare.
Fancy name notwithstanding, the Dare is a sports car that’s being prepared to take on the likes of the Lotus Elise and, in a somewhat ironic twist, the Ginetta G60. Full details have yet to be revealed but the early word is that the Dare will carry a rear-mounted 2.0-liter Ford Ecoboost turbo engine that will pack an impressive 250 horsepower. It’s not quite to the level of the 310-horsepower output of the G60, but it’s fairly close enough to be given serious consideration, especially when you consider that the Dare is expected to weigh only 750 kg/1,653 lbs, around 330 kg/728 lbs lighter than the G60.
The best part is that the Dare, which is expected to make its debut next year, has an estimated price tag of just £30,000 ($47,000 at the current rates), an amount that’s a little more expensive than the Ginetta’s entry-level G40 sports car.
Note: Photo is of the Ginetta G40.
Being the first model produced since Ginetta took over Farbio Sports, the G60 benefited from the union with a heavily reworked version of the carbon fiber-tubbed Farbio GTS. According to the official press release, Ginetta stated that the G60’s tub is now stiffer and easier to manufacture. Other additions to the Ginetta were a realigned driver position, stripped out weight, and new body panels. The Ginetta G60 was powered by a Ford Mustang 3.7-liter, V6 engine that delivered a total of 310 HP. The car could travel from 0 to 60 mph in just 4 seconds and had a top speed of 165 mph. The G60 was limited to only 50 units and was priced at £68,000 or about $105,000.
Hit the jump to read more about the new Ginetta G60.
We’ve come to know Ginetta as a company that has made a name for itself in the industry for producing track-focused race cars and kit cars like the Ginetta F400 and the Ginetta G40. Apparently, the British automaker has set its sights on building a new sports car, one that the company is expecting to sell to a more mainstream market.
No word yet on what the name of the future sports car is going to be, but Ginetta has nonetheless released a teaser photo, as well as performance details of the car, giving us an indication of what to expect when it officially breaks cover.
According to Ginetta, the future sports car will make extensive use of carbon fiber to keep its overall weight at just under 2,425 lbs. In addition, Ginetta is putting in a more-than-respectable 3.7-liter engine that delivers 310 horsepower while hitting a 0-60 mph time of just under four seconds and an overall top speed of 165 mph.
Seems a little weird that we already have an expected price tag for the car - £70,000 ($110,000) - yet we still don’t know what it’s going to be called. In any case, expect an announcement from Ginetta in the coming weeks about their new road-ready sports car.
The small English sports car builder Ginetta unveiled their new G40 sports car at the 2010 Autosport International Show. According to Ginetta’s Chairman Lawrence Tomlinson, he was "delighted that Autosport visitors had the first glimpse of Ginetta’s stunning new car. The G40 is the most versatile road and race car on the market today - with safety features that exceed all FIA regulations. We have been completely overwhelmed by demand for the G40 and I just can’t wait to see it out on the grid in its first Ginetta Junior race in April" and promises to be the car to watch in 2010.
Ginetta has a history of creating compact cost effective racing cars for privateers wishing to go racing. The G40 offers all of those things in the form of a four wheeled 1,900 pound package powered by an 1800cc sealed Zetec engine to ensure that the competition stays fair between the 26 competitors who will buy in at around $40,750 as well as a plane ticket to to the U.K.
Press release after the jump.
Ginetta Cars unveiled the G50, an all-new British sports car for 2008. The car has been designed in-house at LNT Automotive’s new purpose-built factory in Leeds. The G50 was a celebration of 50 years of British sports car manufacturing by the company, and has been designed as the base for a new generation of Ginetta sports cars. The G50 was designed to bridge the gap between single-make, sports car racing such as the Ginetta G20 championship – and GT cars such as the new GT4 Championship, GT3 and GT2 racing. The G50 was a rear-wheel drive model, powered by a front-mid mounted, Ford-made 3.5- litre, V6 engine with an output of 300 bhp, with a five-speed sequential gearbox.