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Ginetta announces US-built race cars and series

TMI Autotech will construct $99,950 G55 GTA Academy Car

British race car manufacturer Ginetta has announced a North American expansion that includes regional racing series and vehicle production in partnership with TMI Autotech of South Boston,  Virginia. 

The Ginetta 2021 G55 GTA Academy Car will be produced at TMI Autotech facilities and will have a base price of $99,950, the partners said.

“The regional race series is joining forces with limited motorsport resorts and driver clubs nationwide to bring world class racing to the next generation of professional and amateur drivers alike,” according to the news release. 

“The G55 GTA car is the starting point for driver development and bringing a proven cost effective race-ready car to the US.”

Ginetta was founded more than 60 years ago and in 2005 was purchased by Lawrence Tomlinson, a British businessman who founded a chain of senior citizen care homes and who also is a Le Mans racer. Under Tomlinson’s ownership, Ginetta has developed an LMP1 prototype as well as its GT Academy cars.

TMI AutoTech was founded in 2008 to provide limited-production vehicles under licensing agreements and is based at the Virginia International Raceway industrial park. 

“With the launch of our North American headquarters, American drivers are going to get new access to cars, first of which, the newly released G55 GTA, in addition to parts, service, and technical support to ensure our drivers are looked after,” said Mark Swain, president of Ginetta North America.

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The G55 GTA is a GT4 racing car powered by a 3.7-liter V6 Ford engine tuned to 270 horsepower and 298 pound-feet of torque. It features a 6-speed Quaife helical paddle-shifted transmission and rides on  20-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires.

The cars have power steering and air conditioning in addition to mandatory racing equipment. Options being offered include carbon fiber driver’s seat, air jack system, livery design, even a winter driver development event in Europe.

“With the Ginetta GT Academy, drivers can grow in confidence with a community of drivers and racing professionals to take their track experience and refine it for wherever their racing goals take them,” the news release promises.

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For more information, visit the Ginetta North America website.

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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