Coming to America: Ginetta to build race cars in Virginia

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British racing car builder Ginetta is set to begin manufacturing its G55 GTA in Virginia, and it will also launch a new American GT Academy race series.

The company has been racing since it was founded in 1958 and makes a range of competition cars to cater for all levels of ability and experience. Kids as young as 14 can get behind the wheel of its G40 Junior cars in the U.K., while Ginetta also produces prototype racers to compete at LMP1 level. McLaren Formula 1 young gun Lando Norris is a former Ginetta racer.

The American operation is set to focus efforts on the new G55 GTA car, which is powered by a 273-hp, 3.7-liter, dry-sumped Ford V-6, driving the rear wheels through a six-speed Quaife helical gearbox with paddle shifters. Race-spec brakes and suspension are fitted along with a fuel cell and full roll cage to meet F.I.A. safety standards. Inside there are twin race seats with harnesses and a MOTEC LCD dashboard, and even air conditioning.

As well as providing customers with one of the fastest track day specials on sale, Ginetta is set to kick off its GT Academy race series in 2021. Modeled on its successful British championship an additional racing package will allow drivers to arrive and drive at circuits, and race with full factory support. The Academy will include special end-of-season run-offs, and American drivers will also be able to compete in the U.K.

More details will be revealed in early 2021. In the meantime, study the shots of G55 GTA below to see what $99,950 of race car goodness looks like.

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