Ford has confirmed details of the UK's new junior single-seater championship conforming to FIA F4 regulations, which will be called MSA Formula – Certified by FIA, Powered by Ford EcoBoost.
The new championship will feature a Mygale FIA F4 carbon-fibre monocoque chassis powered by the Ford 1.6L EcoBoost engine, tuned to deliver the FIA’s maximum permitted 160 PS power output. The championship will feature Hankook tyres.
The new car will be available to order from 27 September following a launch event at Silverstone, and Ford has confirmed that the first 15 cars will be delivered by the end of the year.
MSA Formula – Certified by FIA, Powered by Ford EcoBoost will feature on the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship package, with extensive live television coverage.
Gerard Quinn, Head of Ford Racing in Europe, said:
“After many weeks of careful consideration we are delighted to be able to reveal details of MSA Formula – Certified by FIA, Powered by Ford EcoBoost. We believe this to be the most remarkable initiative in junior single-seater racing since the launch of the original Formula Ford in 1967, a concept which helped develop and mould the track careers of so many of motor racing’s great names. We are certain that MSA Formula is absolutely the right package to help set the young drivers of today on the path to similar glories through the FIA ladder of opportunity, of which this series is the first recognised step.
“MSA Formula offers an affordable package, one which will bring top-level single-seater racing within the budgets of a host of young driving talent. This was the world governing body’s aim when it announced its regulations for FIA Formula 4, and Ford is delighted to assist in delivering that promise.
“We have competitively tendered all key elements of the championship, including chassis, engine and tyres. This offers entrants into the series the most affordable single-seat series cost and is the only championship that complies with the FIA global cost cap specified within its F4 regulations.
“We are pleased to announce that we are calling on the expertise of Mygale in France with the supply of chassis. Mygale’s FIA-homologated F4 carbon fibre chassis is an impressively designed and engineered race car, and a perfect match for the race-proven 1.6L EcoBoost engine. The experience gained with EcoBoost over the last three seasons of Formula Ford racing ensures that it will be a reliable and inexpensive engine to race and maintain at optimum performance levels. Ford has a century of racing heritage and we are delighted to be involved with the next generation of racers.”
Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, said:
“The launch of MSA Formula is a really exciting development for UK motor racing, and for young drivers looking to establish themselves in the sport. The objective is to provide young drivers with a clearly defined career path, offer global recognition and a solid foundation in racing. The affordability of the championship and alignment to global regulations will once again establish Britain as the place to come to race. Our driver development programme will offer MSA Formula drivers the best possible learning experience. I firmly believe that the MSA’s adoption of the FIA’s F4 concept makes this the clear choice for young career drivers.”
Gerhard Berger, FIA Single Seat Commission President, said:
“FIA Formula 4 is in full expansion and our concept is in the process of establishing itself throughout the world. We have developed a modern car, satisfying the latest safety standards while keeping in mind an effective cost control thanks to stable technical regulations.
“With Formula 4, the FIA is relaunching single-seater racing on the national level and thus offering a new breeding ground for drivers, not only for Formula 1 but also for all the other top-level disciplines.
“With this agreement between the MSA, Ford and the FIA, the United Kingdom will benefit from the best possible combination to ensure the perpetuity of this Formula. Being able to rely on the powerful platform of the BTCC is also an enormous plus.
“All the ingredients are thus gathered together to see to it that the MSA Formula – Certified by FIA, Powered by Ford EcoBoost proves a success. It is essential for the United Kingdom, a country that places great importance on motor sport.”
2015 calendar: MSA Formula – Certified by FIA, Powered by Ford EcoBoost
4-5 April: Brands Hatch (Indy)
18-19 April: Donington Park
9-10 May: Thruxton
6-7 June: Oulton Park
27-28 June: Croft
8-9 August: Snetterton
22-23 August: Knockhill
5-6 September: Rockingham
26-27 September: Silverstone
10-11 October: Brands Hatch (GP)
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