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Established in 1995, the Caterham Academy is Europe’s largest manufacturer-backed novice racing championship, and has created over 1,200 new racing drivers. Now, it’s your turn.

The world-famous Caterham Academy is the ultimate introduction to the world of motorsport. Our programme is designed entirely for amateurs, giving you the skills and experience to become a bona-fide racing driver.

Academy cars have one purpose, to teach car control. A 1.6 litre engine is paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox, along with Bilstein suspension and specially-developed Avon Academy tyres – all wrapped up in a 550kg body. Although 125bhp may not sound like much, we teach you how to drive a car fast and competitively. We also don’t allow for external team support, meaning it’s an entirely level playing field for everyone participating.

Starting at £29,995, our Academy Package includes everything you need to go racing. This includes your fully road legal 1.6 litre Caterham Seven race car, 7 UK races, driver training and racing licence. Plus, to make getting on the grid even easier, finance is now available. Who said motorsport had to be expensive?

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All Inclusive Package

Our Academy package includes everything you need to enjoy your first season of racing.

Racing is an entirely new experience to Academy drivers – so we like to keep it simple. We make sure that from start-to-finish our motorsport team are there to support you. Below is a breakdown of everything that comes with our Academy Package, and trust us, no stone is left unturned.

Your Caterham Academy Car

A fully road-legal Caterham Seven for you to compete in, as well as taking it out for a spin at the weekends – and yes, you keep it when the season ends.

1 Sprint, 7 Races

We don’t do things by halves here, you get a full season of racing at some of the UK’s most iconic circuits, including Brands Hatch, Donington, Silverstone and Snetterton.

Competition License

Everyone taking part has the same amount of experience… none. At the end of your season you’ll receive your racing licence and step onto the next rung of the motorsport ladder.

125 BHP Ford Sigma Engine

All Academy cars are identical. From the roll cage to the tyres, these cars are designed to teach car control, so the racing really is down to the skill of the driver.

Exclusive handling & Test Days

As part of the package, Caterham arrange exclusive handling and test days to help you understand how a Seven performs on circuit.


Like we said, everyone is a novice. Ahead of the season you’ll take part in your ARDs (Association of Racing Driver Schools) Test to understand race safety.

Seminars & Technical Training Test

We’ll give you the skills you need to maintain and run your Academy car through the season, along with understanding how to set your Seven up for the various circuits.

Event Hospitality

Racing is hard work, plus there’s a lot to think about when you’re preparing your car. Our team provides hospitality at every round for you and your guests.

Step-by-Step Support

Our motorsport and technical team will support you at every stage, from administration and handling days, to trackside assistance and vehicle maintenance.