This is the perfect track toy for aspiring racing drivers.
As well as building lightweight, track-focused sports cars like the G60, Ginetta is best known for its one-make racing series that offers aspiring racing drivers an affordable way to get into motorsport. Many of the young drivers go on to compete in international motorsport racing series. Now, Ginetta has unveiled its new GT Academy car and is encouraging aspiring racing drivers of all ages to sign up for the 2021 GT Academy.
Based on Ginetta's G55 GT4 car, the new GT Academy car is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 sourced from a Ford Mustang producing 270 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque, paired with a six-speed paddle-shift gearbox. Ginetta hasn't released any performance specifications, but the GT Academy car will be blisteringly fast considering it only weighs 2,425 pounds.
To help reduce costs, the new GT Academy car runs on road-going Michelin tires offering "exceptional grip and uncompromising performance" wrapped around 20-inch wheels.
''I was really impressed with the new Ginetta GT Academy car. I've been very lucky to have raced and tested lots of cars on circuit and found the GTA both exciting and instantly approachable. The perfect entry point for aspiring racers or track day drivers in a fit for purpose car," Ginetta alumni and Olympic hero, Sir Chris Hoy.
The GT Academy, which replaces the Ginetta Racing Drivers Club (GRDC) will start in 2021, with the field split between experienced drivers and a Rookie class.
Pricing for the new GT Academy car starts at £62,500 ($80,434), while entry into the GT Academy costs an extra £6,000 ($7,721). For an extra £17,000 ($21,879), Ginetta also offers a Rookie Series Package that includes a driver development program, technical support during race weekends, car transport and storage, along with fuel and tires to support aspiring racing drivers. Ginetta's driver development program also provides access to simulators, fitness facilities, track testing and an advanced driving course designed by in-house LMP1 racing driver Mike Simpson.
Ginetta is currently developing the Akula, a road-going supercar with a 6.0-liter V8 engine producing over 600 horsepower and 520 lb-ft of torque and a striking aerodynamic design. Ginetta intended to put it into production this year, but the pandemic may have stalled the company's plans.