The name Akula was chosen because it means ‘shark’ in Russian. It’s also the term used for a class of nuclear-powered attack submarines in Russia, which is fitting for a vehicle whose 6.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 is said to produce over 600 HP and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque.
Power is transfered to the rear wheels through a Ginetta-developed 6-speed sequential paddle-shift unit. It tips the scales at 1,150kg (2,535 pounds) and can reach 200mph (320km/h).
It’ll cost you a pretty penny
Pricing kicks off at £340,000 OTR in the UK, which is roughly $446,000. Despite the hefty tag, 60% of the 20 available units have already been sold.
“The concept behind the Akula was to build something truly individual, something that other brands cannot do due to corporate constraints. 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,” said company chairman Lawrence Tomlinson.
As if buying such an exclusive supercar wasn’t fun enough, all Akula owners will also be given a full introduction to the Ginetta brand through a customer experience day. They’ll also get to drive the G58 race car on the track, which is said to be the closest thing to an endurance racer. The G58 is powered by a 575 HP V8 unit and weighs just 940 kg (2,072 lbs).
“We’re a small company but we pack a punch, and our customers should be the ones who truly benefit from that. We compete with other manufacturers on the race track, but with our supercar we’re offering something different and aimed at those who want a true connection with the brand that built their car. Whether it be taking to the track in a G58 or making your bespoke specification choices with us at the factory, Akula owners will be truly involved in all things Ginetta,” concluded Tomlinson.