Caterham Academy gears up for another sold out year {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

10 Jul 2015

Ever wanted to be a racing driver? Well ever since 1995 the Caterham Academy has been offering those with a racing desire to fulfil their dreams on a racetrack and show what they can do – and it has sold out for every of the 20 years so far so they must be doing something right! Starting racing can be a very daunting prospect, with licences, getting the car ready, putting it through scrutineering, making sure you’ve got everything ready, it’s a huge amount of work, stress and cost. So Caterham offer a way of getting your first step on the racing ladder with all the stress removed. You can focus on honing your skills and enjoying the racing while they take care of all the admin – seems like the perfect way to start. The Academy costs from £25,995 if you choose a fully built car (less if you want to build it yourself) so it’s not like the huge amount you would imagine it might cost to race a brand new car. Their promo video shows it off perfectly:


So what do you get for your money? Let’s start with the car itself – a Caterham Academy car, which is effectively a race-optimised Seven 270 with 125bhp, an open differential, adjustable Bilstein suspension, 13” Motorsport wheels, 6-point race harnesses and Avon Academy Control tyres. It’s an incredibly light, nimble car that is good on road (and is totally road legal) but exceptional on track. Without an excess of power you can concentrate on getting every last millisecond from your laps through car control and pure racing.

The Academy package isn’t just the car though – it also includes all of the following: Technical and set-up seminars, ‘Go Racing’ pack, Circuit guide, ARDS course and exam, medical, Competition licence, Exclusive test day, Car control handling day, two championship scoring speed events, five championship scoring 15-20 minute races and selected coverage on Motors TV. You get to keep the car at the end of the year and if you choose to, it can be upgraded to Roadsport spec and raced in the Roadsport Championship, the next level up. This is such an incredible opportunity to learn how to race, get your racing licence and then actually go wheel to wheel with other racers in identical cars to prove who the best is.

In the 20 years the Academy has been going some of the winners have gone on to bigger and greater things as well – in 2004 the championship was won by Guy Harrington who eventually went on to compete in the British GT Championships a few years later in a Lamborghini Gallardo then later a full works Aston Martin DBRS9, winning races at Oulton Park and Thruxton. 2006 winner Lewis Hopkins went on to drive in the Porsche Carrera Cup for a few years too, one of the most competitive race series’ in the country. While there have been some entrants in the Academy from magazines such as Evo and Autocar and Pistonheads over the years none have ever taken the title. This year the Academy is sponsored by GQ magazine and so as most years there will be great coverage of the year’s racing all over.

Being in the Caterham Academy means you get to race on some of the most exciting and well known race tracks in the UK, known throughout the world such as Silverstone; home to the British F1 GP, Oulton Park; known as the favourite race track of most racing drivers and the legendary Brands Hatch where racing has been taking place since the 1950s. You can race on those tracks knowing that you have every chance of winning just as the others on track with you – there are no veteran racers, no former champs, everyone is a novice just like you.

So are you up to the challenge? If so head to our competition page, we’ve added the Caterham Academy to it!