Visitors to the Frankfurt Motor Show are definitely in for a treat as Ford has recently unveiled the 2012 Formula Ford. For over 40 years, the company has been using this particular formula to help professional racing drivers take that important step in their career. With this new release slated to be part of the next season, it is expected that a number of young and talented drivers worldwide will want to show their mettle with this car.
The company has been known to follow the concept of a kinetic design and this is seen in this new model as well. This means that championship enthusiasts will see a style that is immediately recognizable. Even then, automakers can still include significant personalized touches to their cars with the only condition being that specific parts made for aerodynamic equivalence as required by the rules should be kept.
Formula Ford has long been known to have freedom when it comes to the engine build and even the design of the chassis. It also has various technical and specific features. All of these remain to be present under the 2012 Formula Ford. This same degree of freedom was only ever seen on the Formula 1 and the Formula 3. As such, it puts technical standards to high levels not just from the automakers but even from the drivers and the teams.
Since the car can be configured differently with each chassis allowing for variations, it results in a sharp learning curve especially for the drivers. It also helps fast track how their abilities are developed as its goes to the next level in motorsport. Powering the new 2012 Formula Ford is the Ford EcoBoost turbocharged direct injection 1.6-liter engine. Output is limited to 165 PS with torque measured at 220 Nm.
Paired to this engine is the sequential 6-speed transmission that has the mechanical shift mechanism. For the 2012 version, it once again shows this advancement in technology, and more importantly, performance. Since safety is always the main concern, the new Formula Ford has higher levels of safety. One of this is the tubular chassis, which is the first ever to be fitted in a single seat race car.
This even conforms to the newest and strictest of safety standards from the FIA. Other safety measures include the carbon crash structure for the front and the back, the wheel tethers, and the intrusion panels on the side.
Both the removable seat and the head restraint system are compliant with FIA standards as well. Since the 2012 Formula Ford is able to meet FIA’s standards, it is applicable to many championships across the world. This is significant in many upcoming markets where meeting FIA standards is the norm. For many race teams and automakers, the Formula Ford is the best example of having a chance to show one’s abilities while being able to highlight the dedication that Ford has in its support for this field.
Be it single seat racing or World Rally Championship, the company has long had a tradition in motorsport as one of the strongest and longest. The 2012 Formula Ford is expected to bring that heritage to future and do it with style.