Following the tender process held last year to identify a partner for the introduction of the FIA Formula 4 concept to the UK, the Motor Sports Association (MSA) is delighted to confirm that it has agreed a contract with Ford to promote the new championship from 2015.
The championship, the title of which will be announced in due course, will bring to Britain the FIA’s new worldwide F4 concept, designed to be the first rung of the racing ladder for aspiring young single-seater drivers starting out on the road to Formula 1.
Complying with the FIA F4 technical regulations, the championship car will use a carbon-fibre monocoque chassis – meeting FIA F3 safety standards – and will be powered by a 1.6-litre Ford EcoBoost engine mated to a paddleshift gearbox, plus wings and slick tyres.
Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, said: “This is a really exciting development for UK motor racing. By embracing the FIA F4 initiative the MSA, with Ford, are evolving the heritage of Formula Ford into the FIA’s new structure for the future. The rationale behind this new championship is that it will replace Formula Ford as one of the leading British single-seater championships.
“The MSA has been committed to the development of British talent for many years and we are delighted to confirm our support of this championship through the involvement of the MSA Academy. We believe that the new championship will provide a compelling proposition and offer the best possible learning experience for young drivers in this country.”