The road-legal version of a Formula Ford race car has recorded one of the fastest lap times at the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany. The single-seat Formula Ford race car finished the lap in 7 minutes, 22 seconds, logging the 11th fastest time on the circuit. This means that the Formula Ford race car just surpassed a number of supercars including the 600+ hp Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari Enzo and Pagani Zonda. Ford engineers spent several months on Formula Ford’s usual 180 PS 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine with a specially tuned 205 PS version of its new global 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine. The same engine was recently named “International Engine of the Year.”
The project team for the Formula Ford also made some modifications to transform the Formula Ford into street legal for on-road. Modifications include wheel covers, front and rear lights and indicators, wing mirrors and a horn. Power is transmitted through the wheels, covered with road-legal tyres, through a six-speed manual gearbox.
The street-legal Formula Ford is expected to have an acceleration time (0-100 km/h) time of less than four seconds and top speed of 255.5 km/h. The vehicle completed the 20.832 km Nordschleife circuit at an average speed of 169 km/h (105 mph). The 1.0-litre EcoBoost powered Formula Ford car managed to surpass the recorded fastest times of many supercars like the 700 horsepower Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, the 660 horsepower Ferrari Enzo and the 602 horsepower Pagani Zonda. Also, there has been no other three- or even four-cylinder vehicle that logged a faster time at the Nordschleife circuit.