The Caterham Academy is the perfect introduction to motorsport. Exclusively for drivers who have had no previous race experience, the Academy is an all-inclusive package containing every element required to start and compete in motorsport. Now in its twentieth sell-out year, nearly 1,000 drivers have started racing in the Caterham Academy.

Academy Car

Caterham Seven road-legal race chassis

Full road legal trim

125bhp Ford Sigma engine, wet sump

5 speed gearbox

Open Differential

Bilstein suspension with adjustable spring platforms

Caterham 13” motorsport wheels

Avon CR322 all weather, road legal tyres

Typical lap time – Snetterton – 1'26"

Championship at a glance

Technical and Set-Up seminars
'Go Racing' pack
Circuit Guide
ARDS course and exam
Competition licence
Exclusive test day
Car control handling day
Two championship scoring speed events
Five championship scoring 15-20 minute races
Selected coverage on Motors TV


The Academy package is unique. Available only to complete novices, it ensures a level playing field that guarantees all competitors have the same amount of experience - which is none! This means that the Academy driver can be assured that they will be sharing their first season in motorsport with twenty seven other drivers in exactly the same position. No secret racing legends from years gone by. No former champions. No past masters. It really is that simple. This is also combined with very closely controlled regulations which mean that Academy drivers will be racing in identical machinery. Team support is not allowed in this series, so technical support is provided as part of the Academy package at every event by Caterham. In this way, those with little or no mechanical experience are not at any disadvantage and you can't buy your way to the front of the grid.

Included in the price of the Academy is not only the season of competition, but all the steps a novice will need to get them ready for it too. The new field of Academy drivers take their racing-driver (ARDS) tests together in February, followed by a car-control day, then an exclusive circuit test day, all before the competition begins with two sprints. Along the way, technical training and support is given by Caterham before the season reaches its climax with five races at top UK circuits.

After the Academy year, most drivers want to continue racing and Caterham’s motorsport ladder has been specifically designed to accommodate this progression. The next rung on the ladder is the Caterham Roadsport Championship, which is a follow on year to Academy, exclusively for Academy drivers (and occasional invited novices). This means that the fun doesn't have to stop and the rivalries from the Academy season can be continued.

So, there it is. No hidden costs. No "cheque book racing". No wonder the Academy has sold out every year since it started in 1995!


1st   GP1 Henry Heaton (151 pts)
          GP2 William Smith (155 pts)

2nd  GP1 Chris Hutchinson (147 pts)
          GP2 Jack Sales (145 pts)

3rd  GP1 Nick Horton (139 pts)
         GP2 Lee Bristow (141 pts)


26th April 2014

Aintree Sprint


Price & options list

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