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All-New Formula Ford Racecar - Web Exclusive

Ford will unveil a bold new 2012-spec Formula Ford single-seat open-wheeled racecar to visitors at the Frankfurt auto show.

Greg Emmerson
Sep 12, 2011

Based in Europe, it’s the formula that has been an essential step in the professional racing careers of drivers for more than 40 years, and this all-new car will have young drivers around the world eager to get behind the wheel.

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The new-generation Formula Ford will use a production-based 1.6-liter Ford EcoBoost direct injection, turbocharged engine, limited to around 165hp and i60 lb-ft, mated to a six-speed sequential transmission with mechanical shift.

Freedom of chassis design, engine build and numerous technical items have always been features of Formula Ford and this continues with the 2012 car.

With only Formula 1 and Formula 3 offering this same level of freedom, it helps move technical standards to high levels. The implications of car set-up and chassis variation create a steep learning curve for drivers, helping to develop their abilities to take the next step in motorsport.

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Ford’s global kinetic design philosophy is also echoed in the new-generation car, giving fans a style they can easily recognize. Car manufacturers will still be able to add their individual touch though, with only the requirement to keep specific parts developed for aerodynamic equivalence mandated in the regulations.

The new car boasts increased safety, including a tubular chassis - the first in a single seat racer to comply with the latest, stringent FIA safety standards - front and rear carbon crash structures, side intrusion panels, FIA spec head restraint system, wheel tethers and an FIA removable seat.

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FIA compliance will allow the 2012 specification car to be applicable for Formula Ford championships around the globe, especially in emerging markets where alignment to FIA regulations is commonplace.

By Greg Emmerson
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