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Ginetta Akula supercar still in development despite “uncertain period”

For a road car, the new Ginetta promises a phenomenal aerodynamic performance. The company has spent many hours in the Williams wind tunnel developing aerodynamics whose efficiency is clearly all-important in styling that bristles with planes and ducts and aerofoils, plus a high rear deck dominated by a huge wing (with the same aerofoil shape as the Ginetta LMP1 car) and an underbody diffuser that would do justice to many a pure racer. A pair of business-like slash-cut exhausts prevent pipework interrupting underbody airflow.

The same goes for the downforce, which amounts to an extraordinary 376kg at 100mph, well ahead of cars in the LaFerrari and McLaren P1 bracket, and within 5% of Ginetta’s own current LMP3 car.

Tomlinson is anxious that none of this talk of lightness and extreme aero should obscure the fact that this is very much a practical road car. The “sensitive” doors are sized for easy ingress/egress, and he’s passionate about their panel fit. The boot can wallow 675 liters of luggage, all sight lines are designed for easy visibility in traffic and the car will come with niceties such as automatic headlights, a reversing camera, an electronic parking brake, parking sensors, sat-nav, ABS and traction control, climate control, heated screens and full connectivity. Door handles and inside switchgear will be milled from billet aluminum. Ginetta’s comprehensive warranty means the company will take charge of the cars for their first two years “virtually anywhere in the world”.

Owners will be able to configure their cars in almost any color and trim combination and every owner will get a race-style car fitting: the seats are molded into the tub for lightness, so the steering column and pedal box move to suit individual drivers, with seat shapes alterable by inserts or bespoke padding. Tomlinson wants Ginetta ownership to be a highly personal experience and believes the numbers of cars made will be important for its exclusivity. He’s serious about knowing owners as individuals.

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