French Automaker Hopes Crowdfunding Will Build its New Hypercar
For inventors and entrepreneurs alike, crowdfunding is one of the best ways to get products built and into the hands of customers, without all the drawbacks of big bank investors. But how would this business model apply to a car? France’s Genty Automotive hopes that crowdfunding will put its 220-mph Akylone hypercar on the map. Originally introduced in 2012, the Genty never got the footing it had hoped for from investors. The then 1,000-horsepower hypercar was nothing more than a pipe dream. But today, two years later, Genty has changed its formula and wants the average consumer to invest in this project, transforming a concept into reality through sites like Indiegogo and WiSeed. PHOTOS: See More of the 2012 Genty Akylone
When produced, Genty will put to use a new twin turbocharged 6.0-liter V8 that will produce 1,200 horsepower. 0-60 mph will reportedly be dealt with in only 2.7 seconds, and the top speed will be 220 mph.
As it sits, the Akylone is nothing more than a big idea. But given the right investments, it could be France’s latest and greatest supercar — and you could actually own a slice of the pie.
PHOTOS: See More of the 2014 Genty Akylone