2011 Frankfurt Motor Show: 2012-specification Formula Ford car

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 13, 2011

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.

Press Release

All-New Formula Ford Races Into View For 2012 At Frankfurt Show

• Ford unveils bold new 2012-specification Formula Ford car, making increasing use of road car technologies and featuring latest 1.6-litre Ford EcoBoost engine
• New car to be initially introduced in 2012 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain. Plans being finalised to introduce the car into new and existing championships around the globe
• All-new design is first tubular steel single seat car to meet latest FIA safety standards. Compliance to FIA standards opens up markets for the formula
• Formula Ford continues to be a key proving ground for development of driving and engineering talent, from where successful careers in Formula 1 have been achieved by many

FRANKFURT, Germany, Sept. 12, 2011 – Ford today unveiled a bold new 2012-specification
Formula Ford car to visitors at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It's the formula that has been an
essential step in the professional racing driver's career for more than 40 years and this all-new
car for next season will have talented young drivers around the world eager to get behind the
wheel to prove their mettle.

The new-generation Formula Ford cars will use a production-based 1.6-litre Ford EcoBoost
direct injection, turbocharged engine, limited to producing around 165PS and 220Nm, and
mated to a 6-speed sequential transmission with mechanical shift mechanism. The 2012
specification car represents another advance in technology and performance for the formula.

Freedom of chassis design, engine build and numerous technical items of specification have
always been standout features of Formula Ford and this continues with the 2012 specification
car. With only Formula 1 and Formula 3 offering this same level of freedom, it helps drive
technical standards to exceptionally high levels from car manufacturers, teams and drivers alike.
The different implications of car set-up and each individual chassis variation, create a steep
learning curve for drivers in particular, helping to accelerate the development of their abilities to take the next step in motorsport.

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

Creating a safe environment is a key concern for Formula Ford, and the new car boasts
increased levels of 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 specification head restraint system, wheel tethers and an FIA removable seat.

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.

"The 2012 specification car's FIA approved safety attributes, powerful Ford EcoBoost engine
and striking kinetic design, make for a really appealing proposition for race teams and drivers," said Mike Norton, motorsport manager, Ford of Europe. "Formula Ford is already well-known as the perfect proving ground for up-and-coming drivers and engineers, and it is Ford's desire to continue nurturing this by supporting teams and manufacturers across the globe with the safest environment, latest technologies and most attractive packages. Formula Ford is in its 44th consecutive year and remains a very popular choice for drivers around the world. Many Formula Ford drivers have gone onto careers in Formula 1. This is a great compliment to Formula Ford and we are at Ford proud of this achievement."

For race teams and car manufactures Formula Ford represents a fantastic opportunity to prove
their abilities and highlights Ford's dedication to continuing its support of motorsport. From
World Rally Championship to single seat racing, Ford's motorsport heritage is one of the longest and strongest of any manufacturer. The 2012 specification Formula Ford car will carry that torch into the future with some style.

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