To get started in motor racing, young drivers need a way to get on track and learn car control and racing strategies without spending a lot of money. Because everyone has the same engine, the focus is on the driver, not the equipment. For more than four decades, Formula Ford has provided that opportunity for thousands of drivers. Many world renowned racing drivers that started in karts then progressed to Formula Fords before moving up the ladder to higher forms of racing like IMSA, Le Mans and even Formula One.
The latest Formula Ford owes a lot to the lessons learned from Formula One. It features a one piece carbon fiber monocoque that meets FIA Formula 3 standards, is very light but immensely strong to keep the driver safe in the event of a crash. The car is powered by a stock 1.6 liter Ford EcoBoost engine mated to a semi-automatic transmission controlled by paddles mounted on the steering wheel. I guess the 1.0 liter EcoBoost Formula Ford just didn’t cut it.
According to Ford Racing Europe boss Gerard Quinn,
“We are very pleased that many months of work has brought us to the point today where we can announce our plans for the long-term future of Formula Ford. We have worked closely with the MSA and the FIA, and in particular with the FIA’s Single Seat Commission President Gerhard Berger, to bring the project to fruition. Over its 47-year history, Formula Ford has made a massive contribution to motorsport and we are delighted that it will continue to be at the forefront of young driver development.”
Cost of the new car with engine, transmission and racing tires is expected to be around $50,000. Considering that just the engine in a Formula One car can cost as much as $2,000,000, that’s an incredible bargain.