An all-new customer championship is set to kick off later this month.
In November 2020, American motorsport enthusiasts rejoiced as Ginetta announced it was coming to the USA. The heritage British manufacturer that dates back to 1958 has maintained its dedication to compact cars that are entertaining to drive around a racetrack. Its global market share has always remained focused on the European market so the decision to expand into North America was a bold move for the boutique marque.
Its American profile started with the Ginetta G56 GTA academy car, previously badged as the G55 GT4, that sources power from Ford's naturally aspirated 3.7-liter Coyote V6. This produces 270 horsepower and 298 lb-ft of torque which is delivered to the rear wheels using a six-speed Quaife helical sequential gearbox. Quite unlike the current Porsche 718 Cayman GT4, this car is dedicated to track use only.
Eleven months after its official arrival in the region, Ginetta has now announced its first-ever North American Ginetta Challenge. Owners of the G56 GTA now have the opportunity to take to the track and prove their competitive abilities across 14 different racing events. The season is set to commence on March 18 at the Virginia International Raceway.
Ginetta has put this challenge together with the help of the National Auto Sport Association who has stepped on as an official partner. Together with this, the British company confirms that 12 of its cars will be entered into club series events held at Inde Motorsport Ranch and Spring Mountain later this year.
Ginetta CEO Matt Lowe says, "The expansion of the Ginetta brand with the Ginetta G56 GTA Spec Series to the North American market is a true vindication of our renowned motorsport ladder and prowess as racing and sports car specialists. This growth is proof of our brand's philosophy and a real statement of our ambitions which include providing racing opportunities for global clients looking to be a part of the Ginetta family."
Ginetta is just the first of many manufacturers who already give their exclusive customers a chance to show off their skills on some of the country's most complex race tracks. Toyota already offers a conclusive GT4 experience with its GR Supra while BMW is currently working on a track-focused M4 project that will adhere to the same discipline.