From the doom and gloom surrounding the UK car industry, with factory closures and ‘consolidations’ growing in number, there emerges another timely reminder of just how great it can be.

The new Ginetta Akula, which starred at the Geneva motor show this week, is unashamedly and deliberately British, from its engine and gearbox design to its innovative materials, layout, construction and aerodynamics, along with all the people involved in making it.

A near-£400,000, limited-run machine won’t make national headlines in quite the same way as the closure of a factory in Swindon, but it shows there remains a strong pulse within the UK car industry, and the innovation and desire to try new things remains.