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This is Ginetta’s new GT Academy car
Fancy reserving a spot in Ginetta’s new one-make race series?
Has there ever been a company more synonymous with one-make race series’ than Ginetta? The Leeds-based brand does a roaring trade in getting folk on track, and now it’s back with yet another championship.
The GT Academy is set to start in 2021, and Ginetta is encouraging “aspiring drivers of all ages” to reserve their spot now. Time to break out that fireproof suit, granddad.
The series will feature five race weekends on the British GT calendar, with each one hosting a qualifying session and three sprint races. Oh, and the field will be split into experienced drivers and a ‘Rookie’ class, so literally anyone will be able to compete. Does the dog fancy a go?
All the cars will be identical and are derived from Ginetta’s G55 GT4 car. At its heart is a 3.7-litre dry sump Ford V6 that produces 270bhp and 405lb ft of torque. That’s connected to a six-speed Quaife paddleshift gearbox and the whole thing weighs just 1,100kg. There’s proper race suspension and brakes too, although it’ll run on road-going Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres.
The price? Well, the car starts at £62,500, but for that you’ll have a bare white body and you’ll be doing track days on your own.
Entry into the GT Academy costs an extra £6,000 + VAT for the 2021 season, or £17,000 + VAT if you decide to go for the full-fat Rookie Driver Package. That adds driver development training, mechanical and technical support at race weekends, fuel, tyres and the transportation of your car to the circuit. All you have to do is turn up and not crash the thing. Ginetta will even sell you a “livery and design service” as an optional extra to make the grid look pretty.
What do we think, Internet? Fancy a crack at the GT Academy? And no, we’re not talking about the old TV show that turned gamers into racers, because of course we’d all want a go at that…