Ginetta Akula debuts at Geneva International Motor Show

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Ginetta has introduced its all-new V8-equipped supercar at the Geneva International Motor Show. The Akula will develop peak power of over 600ps and 700Nm of torque, thanks to a dry-sumped 6-liter 90° V8, which sits in a mid-mid layout.

This bespoke drivetrain was developed entirely in-house specifically for the Akula. The engine is a compact and lightweight unit, mounted further back than conventional supercars in a central mid-mid position. This allows for optimal aerodynamics, a weight distribution of 49% front and 51% rear, and a race-derived suspension set-up.

The naturally aspirated V8 engine is constructed from a single aluminum billet block with forged inners, and the unit is manufactured in-house by Ginetta’s engineers and features the company’s own throttle body designs. Power is over 600ps, with torque figures of 700Nm, resulting in a power to weight ratio of 645ps per ton.

In addition, Ginetta has partnered with another British manufacturer to create a bespoke gearbox for the new car – a 6-speed sequential paddleshift unit with carbon propshaft.

Ginetta chairman Lawrence Tomlinson said, “The concept behind the Akula was to build something truly individual, something that other brands cannot do due to corporate constraints. I’m proud to be manufacturing a car of such significance in the UK.”

The Akula is priced at £340,000 (US$447,000) on the road. Production will be limited to just 20 units in 2020, with 60% of this allocation already sold prior to its unveiling.

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