The most exciting development in British junior single-seater motor racing for almost 50 years took a step closer to reality today when Ford Motor Company announced key facts about the arrival of the FIA F4 concept in the UK for the 2015 season.
Wed 17.09.14, 11:11AM
Powered by the race-proven Ford 1.6L EcoBoost engine, the new championship’s carbon-fibre monocoque chassis will provide drivers with a safe, reliable and economical means of getting on the grid for the first time.
• New championship to be named MSA Formula – Certified by FIA, Powered by Ford EcoBoost
• New car available to order from 27 September, following its unveiling at Silverstone
• Powered by Ford: 1.6-litre EcoBoost engines, as proven in Formula Ford, tuned to deliver the FIA’s maximum permitted 160 PS
• Initial batch of 15 cars to be delivered by December 2014
• ‘Ready to race’ price of a new car including engine lease, Sadev sequential paddle shift transmission and data logging system less than £36,000*
• The only UK championship awarded by the MSA and run to the FIA’s F4 regulations
• In 2015 MSA Formula will be open to 15-year-old drivers. It will be the only single-seater championship in Britain to offer this
• Carbon-fibre monocoque chassis, designed to meet exacting FIA safety standards, to be produced by leading European manufacturer Mygale
• Single engine tuner: all power units to be supplied through one leading race engine preparer
• Control tyres from leading race and road tyre manufacturer Hankook
• 10-meeting, 30-race schedule of BTCC-support races at all major British circuits, with live TV and highlights package
• Mentoring and driver development programme every race weekend overseen by the MSA, British motorsport’s governing body
Powered by Ford Ecoboost
The motive power for the new car, the 1.6-litre DI turbocharged EcoBoost – a mainstay of Ford’s performance car range – is a 160 PS development of the unit which has successfully powered Formula Ford in Britain for the last three seasons, designed and manufactured by Ford in Britain and supplied at a price to meet the FIA’s mandated price cap. It is the only engine homologated by the FIA for use in F4 chassis in the UK. The engines and their electronic management systems will be supplied by engine tuner Sodemo in sealed form following dyno testing and power matching to +/- 1.5% tolerance to ensure a level and fair playing field.
Chassis by Mygale
The new championship’s carbon-fibre monocoque chassis, designed to meet exacting FIA safety standards, will be supplied by respected French manufacturer Mygale. Based at Magny-Cours, Mygale was founded in 1989 by Bertrand Decoster; its first car was a Formula Ford and Mygale chassis have gone on to win championships around the globe, including the last nine Formula Ford championships in Britain.
The Mygale F4 chassis, which is being supplied also to the Australian and Chinese markets, is designed around the FIA F3-level safety requirements, including front and rear impact-absorbing structures, anti-intrusion side panels, roll hoops, FIA head restraint system, wheel restraining cables, FIA safety seat and retractable steering wheel and column.
Tyres by Hankook
MSA Formula cars will race on Hankook slick tyres identical in compound and construction to those employed in the FIA European F3 Championship. Drivers will be able to gain valuable experience of the tyres and their characteristics ahead of their next step up the FIA’s racing career ladder. In conjunction with Hankook, Ford will award the 2015 MSA Formula Champion a test with a leading FIA F3 team.
MSA Formula is the only championship that meets the technical criteria announced last month by the MSA which will permit 15-year-old drivers to race in certain circumstances, including the completion of an extended ARDS course.
MSA Formula will be contested over 30 races in 2015 as the single-seater support series to the UK’s premier motorsport package, the British Touring Car Championship. The season kicks off in early April and takes in events at all of the UK’s leading race circuits: Brands Hatch, Donington Park, Thruxton, Oulton Park, Croft, Snetterton, Knockhill, Rockingham and Silverstone.
New car unveil
The new EcoBoost-powered MSA Formula car will be on show to interested parties at a Silverstone launch event on Saturday 27 September. Championship representatives will be on hand to provide further information regarding the car and race series. Order placement for new cars will commence at Silverstone, with delivery of the first 15 cars by the end of the year. Prospective drivers and teams will be able to discuss finance terms with the championship’s finance partner.
Gerard Quinn, Head of Ford Racing in Europe:
“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.
Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive:
“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:
“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.”
Chassis FIA homologated carbon monocoque
Engine Ford EcoBoost 1.6-litre, 160PS
Transmission 6-speed sequential gearbox with paddle shift
Brakes 2-piston callipers
Front/rear suspension Double wishbones and pushrods
twin adjustable dampers, adjustable
Safety To FIA standards: front and rear impact
absorbing structures, anti-intrusion side
panels, roll hoops, removable seat, head
restraint, wheel restraint cables, onboard
fire extinguisher, retractable steering wheel
Aerodynamics Adjustable front and rear wings
Front wheels 8x13in
Rear wheels 10x13in
Tyres Hankook racing slicks
FIA price (rolling chassis) £26,400* (€33,000)
FIA optional data/paddle/dash £4000* (€5000)
Engine £4800* (€6000)
*at 1.25 €/£ exchange rate
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)
FIA confirms world speed record for Venturi electric vehicle
Monaco-based team claims new Category A, Group VII, Class 8 record despite storms preventing outright record attempt.
Wed 17.09.14, 11:11AM
FIA confirms world land speed record for Venturi VBB-3 electric vehicle
The FIA has today confirmed a new world land speed record for electric vehicles recorded by the Venturi VBB-3 vehicle at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA on August 22nd.
Piloted by Roger Schroer the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 (VBB-3) set an average two-way speed of 212.615 miles per hour. The new record is in Category A Group VIII Class 8.
In order in order to be considered for the world record the VBB-3 was required to make two speed runs, one each in opposite directions and within 60 minutes.
The Venturi team and its partner, the Center for Automotive Research (Ohio State University) had travelled to Utah in pursuit of the the fastest world land speed record for an electric vehicle regardless of classification but their efforts were hampered by violent storms that hit the region in the weeks leading up to the attempt.
A series of floods left portions of the track under 25cm of water. According to Venturi the team’s plans were disrupted by “an almost unprecedented double meteorological event” and the annual Speedweek event at which numerous record attempts are traditionally made was cancelled for the first time in 32 years. The team had planned to use the event, which was set to celebrate its 100th anniversary, as preparation for its world record attempt.
However, once the weather cleared the team elected to stay on and make record attempts over a scaled down four-day period.
Strong winds and further rain again hampered the attempts and the team was only able to make approximately 10 runs with the Venturi. However, during these runs the new record in its category (electric vehicles over 3.5 metric tons) was set. The VBB-3 finished just 38 mph off the fastest world record for electric vehicles, set by its predecessor the VBB-2.5 in 2010.
“These very first tests were very valuable, giving us plenty of data for the various systems (powertrain, suspensions, batteries) and proving that the car has been well designed, guaranteeing the achievement of new standards in terms of very high speed," explained Nicolas Mauduit, Program Director at Venturi Automobiles.
"In this remarkable period of time when the weather played on our nerves, the team showed its considerable resources, and its firm, unwavering commitment,” added Delphine Biscaye, VBB-3 Project Manager at Venturi Automobiles.
The Venturi team is now considering a new FIA electric vehicle world record attempt for 2015. "We will be back on Bonneville Salt Flats in 2015," said Gildo Pallanca Pastor, President of Venturi. “The potential we tested on this car and the time we waited have multiplied our motivation and our willingness to accomplish an unprecedented performance for an electric vehicle."