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New race series to use Ford EcoBoost

2014-06-24 09:29

A BOOST FOR YOUNG DRIVERS: Formula Ford will adopt the FIA Formula 4 Regulations and guidelines in Britain from 2015. Image: Ford

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Ford will boost its popular Fiesta range with the addition of the new Zetec S Red and Black Editions, sporting design tweaks and an uprated one-litre Ecoboost engine.

  • Development of new young-driver series
  • Ford EcoBoost power for monocoque chassis
  • FIA Formula 4 Regulation

BRENTWOOD, Essex - Formula Ford will adopt the international automobile federation Formula 4 Regulations and guidelines in Britain from 2015 onwards.

The move was confirmed with the signing of a contract with Britain’s motorsport governing body, the Motorsport Association UK (MSA), which will see Ford create and develop a new race series to fulfill the federation's vision for a clearer path for young drivers looking to progress to Formula 1.

The move will see the adoption of a new carbon-fibre monocoque chassis which meets federation safety standards. The cars will be powered by a 1.6-litre Ford EcoBoost engine which has been race-proven in Formula Ford.

'FUTURE OF FORMULA FORD'

Head of Ford Racing in Europe Gerard Quinn said: “We are very pleased that many months of work has brought us to the point where we can announce our plans for the future of Formula Ford. We have worked closely with the MSA and the FIA, and in particular with the Federation Single Seat Commission President Gerhard Berger, to bring the project to fruition."

MSA chief executive Rob Jones said: “This is a really exciting development for UK motor racing. The MSA has been committed to the development of British talent for many years and we are delighted to confirm our support of this championship through the involvement of the MSA Academy.

“We believe that the new Formula Ford will provide a compelling proposition and offer the best possible learning experience for young drivers in this country.”

Testing will begin and development in August 2014 with EcoBoost power, at which point further technical details will be revealed along with pricing.

The aim is to meet the Federation's cost target equivalent of R547 000 for a rolling chassis equipped with data-logging and paddle-shift system.

Formula Ford has been instrumental in the development of the careers of many World Champions, not least Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell and the most successful driver in the history of the sport, Michael Schumacher.

F1 champions James Hunt, Emerson Fittipaldi, Jody Scheckter, Damon Hill, Mika Hakkinen and Jenson Button all cut their racing teeth in Formula Ford.

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