British race car constructor Ginetta has announced the latest iteration of its GT Academy car and details of the 2021 Academy championship. Derived from the company’s G55 GT4 chassis, the GT Academy car is aimed to provide a progressive platform for less experienced racers, for use in both Ginetta’s series and as a trackday car.
Running a modified version of Ford’s 3.6-liter, Ecoboost engine, producing 380bhp, the car is equipped with a 6-speed Quaife sequential transmission (with paddle shift) and runs on Michelin-supplied Pilot 4S tires, rather than dedicated racing rubber. The starting price for the car is £62,500 (US$80,200).
Via the GT Academy championship, the company is offering an optional race series for owners ready to move from trackday enthusiast to entry level GT racer. For 2021, drivers of all experience levels will be able to compete in the series, with the field split between experienced drivers and a ‘Rookie’ class. This new series replaces the GRDC (Ginetta Racing Drivers Club) as the entry point to the marque’s one-make championships, which also include the G40 Cup, GT5 Challenge and SuperCup.
The Rookie Series is an arrive-and-drive package with everything covered for a track, test or race day, encompassing driver development, technical support, car transport and storage. Ginetta notes that fuel and tires are also included.