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Ginetta jumps across the pond to set up shop in the U.S.

British sportscar manufacturer Ginetta is opening a U.S. headquarters in Virginia.

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British motorsport brand Ginetta has launched a new U.S. operation. Ginetta North America marks the first time that the company will be able to support its North American customer base with a sales, distribution, manufacturing, and engineering center. The U.S. base for the company will be in South Boston, Virginia.

The location, halfway between Lynchburg, Virginia and Raleigh, North Carolina, is the site of TMI Auto Tech, a low volume sportswear manufacturer that was acquired by the brand.

Ginetta cars on display profile Ginetta has a history of executing successful cars.Photo courtesy of Ginetta

Ginetta cars on display profile

Founded in 1958 by the Walklett Brothers, Ginetta has a strong racing history. It was acquired by Le Mans champion and serial entrepreneur Lawrence Tomlinson in 2005. Since then, the company has evolved to making vehicles and coaching about 140 promising racers each year. The alumni list includes W Series champion Jamie Chadwick and Formula One star Lando Norris.

"I am delighted to announce this very exciting development for Ginetta. The US is one of the major markets in global motorsport and one where I know from my own racing experiences that the tradition and passion for racing runs deep." Commented Lawrence Tomlinson, Chairman Ginetta.

"We have a loyal customer base in the Americas that we have supported up until now from our HQ in England. With the creation of Ginetta North America, we will be able to provide our North American customers with a whole new level of support and service on the ground here in the US. This will also enable us to significantly expand our brand and customer base in the US, Canada and Mexico, which is a key pillar in our global growth plan. I am pleased to report it is already happening, with orders and new U.S. sales agents developing fast, the details of which we will be announcing in the near future."

Ginetta's cars are suited for the race track.Photo courtesy of Ginetta

Tomlinson leads a precise engineering, design, and manufacturing process for all Ginetta products. The company refers to each of their cars as "thoroughbreds", with the same design team that creates the LMP3 and LMP1 cars developing the Ginetta GT cars.

Ginetta North America's 60,000 sq/ft facility in Halifax County is complete with in-house engineering, machining, fabrication, assembly, warehousing, sales, and marketing space.

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The 2022 Acura TLX has the technology enabled.

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Toyota and Lexus announced that the WarnerMedia RIDE app would be coming to their models earlier this year. Now, Honda and Acura will be offering the same.

On certain Wi-Fi enabled Honda and Acura vehicles, AT&T unlimited in-car Wi-Fi users will have access to the WarnerMedia RIDE app. The app allows users to connect multiple devices in their vehicles to browse, stream and share premium content from the WarnerMedia library while on the road.

Honda and Acura vehicle owners have been able to use their on-board modem as a hot spot for connecting up to seven devices since 2017. Models compatible for the new tech include the Acura RDX (2019-present), Acura TLX (2021), and Acura MDX (2022) across all trim levels. Honda vehicles with the tech include Accord (2018-present, Touring), Odyssey (2018-present; Touring, Elite), Insight (2019-present, Touring)., Passport (2019-present; Touring, Elite)., and Pilot (2019-present; Touring, Elite, Black Edition).

The WarnerMedia RIDE App allows passengers to access 1,000+ hours of live and on-demand entertainment. The app includes hit TV shows and movies from top brands such as Cartoon Network, CNN, HBO Max, TBS, TNT and TruTV, spanning animation, entertainment, news, sports and more.

WarnerMedia RIDE app The WarnerMedia RIDE app allows users to choose their own avatar.Photo courtesy of Acura

Users can set up profiles and personalize their user exerpience with an avatar from the WarnerMedia library. Profiles also ensure age-appropriate content with options for adults to restrict access to their profiles with an access code.

"Wireless connectivity and connected car services continue to be key features for customers and our long-standing relationship with AT&T continues to be one way we deliver exciting new content to Honda and Acura owners," said Art St. Cyr, vice president of North American Auto Strategy for American Honda. "Honda will continue working to enhance the in-car experience, including the capabilities of the AT&T network and access to top content with WarnerMedia RIDE."

"We're always looking for new and innovative ways to elevate the connected car experience for our customers. With WarnerMedia RIDE, we are delivering a connected experience that's perfect for journeys," said Joe Mosele, vice president, Mobility & Internet of Things, AT&T. "Our collaboration is keeping Honda and Acura owners connected wherever they travel with hours of news and entertainment for the whole family."

WarnerMedia RIDE is available now in the App Store and on Google Play for all U.S. unlimited data plan subscribers. WarnerMedia RIDE is included at no additional cost for existing and new unlimited subscribers.

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The engine bay is decorated with images of the American flag.

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A new customized 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 pays tribute to members of the U.S. military. Karl Kustoms, a Chevrolet Performance retailer and custom shop, recently completed the build in partnership with Bad Boy Vettes. Nearly every panel of the Corvette has been modified to honor a military branch. Even the underside of the hood and engine bay have been artistically sprayed.

"It is a privilege to take on a custom project like this and use our skills to honor our nation's military," Clint Quesinberry, Digital Marketing Specialist. "This Memorial Day, we are proud to recognize those who served."

Karl Kustons US military 2016 Chevrolet Corvette The model started its life as a 2016 Chevy Corvette.Photo courtesy of Karl Kustoms

Unique features include detailed lettering of the words "Honor, Duty, Country", three words given an important place in military history after they were uttered by General Douglas MacArthur in 1962 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point as part of his farewell address. There's also imagery of a U.S. Army helicopter firing at a Russian helicopter, a serviceman with a German Shepard, the U.S.S. Iowa battleship, and Arlington Cemetery stones with Medal of Honor recipients from each major conflict.

Karl Kustons US military 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Military imagery features throughout the body work.Photo courtesy of Karl Kustoms

The car was created as a full-time show car and is currently on display at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. It will remain there through the end of 2021 before traveling throughout the country at a variety of car events throughout 2022.

The customized Corvette is also a contender for the 2021 International Show Car Association (ISCA) Car of the Year.

Karl Kustons US military 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Imagery is featured on the body and under the hood.Photo courtesy of Karl Kustoms

"We did what we could to take this thing over the top," said Ed Birmingham, Karl Kustoms Painter. "I sat there for hours doing the detail work. I spent more time than I would normally spend on a hood, but it all paid off."

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