New Formula Ford shakes down at Brands Hatch

Formula Ford's new era dawned at Brands Hatch over the weekend when the first of the new-for-2012 chassis was given its maiden public outing with the newly crowned Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Champion of Britain, Scott Malvern, at the wheel.Malvern's demonstration runs came during the Kent circuit's traditional Formula Ford Festival, at which the first team to make public its plans to buy a 2012 Formula Ford EcoBoost was revealed: Dutch squad Geva Racing, which will run at least one Mygale car in the British series next season."The new Formula Ford was well received, not least by Scott, who thoroughly enjoyed driving it," said Sam Roach of championship promoter RacingLine. "It is great news that Geva Racing will be running in Britain next year with the new car. Many of our other teams, plus some newcomers, are discussing their orders with Mygale, Van Diemen and Ray and there will be further announcements in the coming weeks."The new-generation Formula Ford uses a production-based 1.6-litre Ford EcoBoost direct injection, turbocharged engine, limited to producing around 165PS and 220Nm, and mated to a six-speed sequential transmission with mechanical shift mechanism. With safety uppermost in everyone's mind, the all-new Formula Ford is the first racing car of steel spaceframe construction in the world to comply with the FIA's rigorous safety standards and receive its stamp of approval."The new car is really very good," said Malvern after his laps. "It's nicely balanced and feels good to drive straight out of the box, with loads of potential. I'm looking forward to helping with the development and fine-tuning the details.