The FIA has announced the establishment of a new, entry-level category for Cross Car competition, which uses small, buggy-type single seater machines.
The FIA says the competition will be based on the already proven concept of the FIA Karting Academy Trophy. The Cross Car Academy Trophy will be built around an arrive-and-drive concept with 20 drivers between the ages of 13 and 16 competing in a spec supplier Junior Cross Car, fitted with a 75bhp Yamaha engine.
Each of the drivers will be nominated by their respective National Sporting Authority (ASN) and will be required to be a Grade D International Junior Off-Road licence holder. The competition will run alongside the FIA European Cross Car and Autocross Championships, with the budget required to complete in the full five-event season estimated at €21,000 (US$25,000).
The FIA says its target is to have 20 different ASNs represented.