the shark-inspired 'akula' supercar cuts through the air like a predator
 

the shark-inspired 'akula' supercar cuts through the air like a predator

british racing car manufacturer ginetta takes inspiration from the ocean’s most popular predator for its latest supercar. with some aggressive track-inspired aero and styling results, the akula is designed to cut through the air like a shark hunting its prey.

the ginetta akula is a supercar with the jaws of a shark

images courtesy of ginetta

 

 

the car weighs an impressive 2,535 pounds and features a carbon fiber construction for the body and chassis, as well as a 430kW V8 power plant spitting out over 600 horsepower and 520 pound-feet of torque. the engine features front-midship positioning, is mated to a 6-speed sequential gearbox and drives the rear wheels. ginetta boasts 829 pounds of downforce at 100mph.

the ginetta akula is a supercar with the jaws of a shark

 

 

the akula (that’s russian for  has an adjustable pushrod activated double wishbone suspension system which is used at each corner. a pair of 19-inch wheels are found at the front and 20-inch wheels sit at the rear, all wrapped with michelin pilot sport 4 tires and house carbon-ceramic brakes.

 

previewed at the geneva motor show 2019, ginetta notes the absence of active aerodynamics. instead, the extremely low location of the engine allows for through-the-body aero tunnels and long wishbones up front. this means the akula can claim ‘class-leading’ downforce levels.

the ginetta akula is a supercar with the jaws of a shark

 

 

ginetta says it took three years to develop, with the aluminum block, crank, pistons, rods and throttle bodies all machined in house. other in house feats include the gearbox and dry sump lubrication system, which is an evolution of a ginetta design seven years ago.

the ginetta akula is a supercar with the jaws of a shark

 

 

the concept behind the akula was to build something truly individual, something that other brands cannot do due to corporate constraints,’ says 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 uk.’

the ginetta akula is a supercar with the jaws of a shark

 

 

the akula will be limited to just 20 units when it starts production in 2020. prices start from £283,333 excl. VAT (approx €250,000). there’s no word yet if any will be available in the united states. 

  • Lawrence Tomlinson clearly has super technical inspirations, but a vague notion of real marketing values. At around half million dollars his arithmetic is definitely optimistic. Against real and well sought after classics with less than the akula’ s price tag and his delusion of grandeur may well turn out to be disappointing. The Ginetta is a loved and affordable simple British classic for the low market sports car and production of new models should remain in that domain. Indeed, build a one off futuristic and ostentatious model if they must, but……hope I am off wrong!

    Ben Orza

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