A new championship replaces Formula Ford Britain next year, as the single seater support series known as MSA Formula will make its debut on the TOCA support package next March.
Branded “Certified by FIA, Powered by Ford EcoBoost,” the new championship that will also compete over thirty races during the March to October period, which starts and finishes at Brands Hatch.
The new series also comes into line with the new Formula 4 regulations set by the FIA, which helps to promote cost-effective racing for drivers that are as young as 15 to get noticed by teams and the fans.
Cost capping has been at the forefront of what the FIA are setting out to achieve, with the new Mygale FIA F4 Chassis coming complete with a six-speed sequential gearbox, complete with paddle shift steering wheel and data logging system.
Ford, who have used EcoBoost technology in Formula Ford over the past three seasons, were able to keep the price competitive enough to supply the units at the price mandated by the FIA.
The drivers that will line up on the grid next year will have 160bhp going through the rear wheels, thanks to the 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine. The engines, it turn, will be managed by Sodemo’s electronic management systems, with all engines being sealed after dyno testing to ensure performance parity.
Hankook will now be the official tyre supplier for MSA Formula, which are identical in terms of construction and compound as the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. This will enable the drivers to get a better understanding of how the tyres perform, ahead of moving forward in their careers.
With the assistance of the tyre manufacturer, Ford will award the champion of next year’s MSA Formula Championship with one of the leading outfits that currently competes in FIA F3.
The championship will have all hopefuls travelling to tracks including Brands Hatch, Donington Park, Oulton Park and Knockhill, which will provide their own sets of challenges throughout the season.
The MSA’s chief executive, Rob Jones, is excited about the fact that this new championship will help steer young drivers that are aiming high in their aspirations along a solid foundation: “The affordability of the championship and alignment to global regulations will once again establish Britain as the place to come to race. Our driver development programme will offer MSA Formula drivers the best possible learning experience. I firmly believe that the MSA’s adoption of the FIA’s F4 concept makes this the clear choice for young career drivers.”
FIA Single Seat Commission president and ex-F1 driver, Gerhard Berger, said that getting MSA Formula up and running is a very important factor, especially with the talent that is coming up through the ranks rather quickly: “: “There can be only one FIA-approved Formula 4 championship in each market, and this partnership with Ford is the perfect combination – it may prove to be the strongest FIA F4 championship in Europe.”
The new car will be unveiled at the penultimate round of the championship, which takes place in a fortnight’s time at the “Home of British Motor Racing,” Silverstone, which is rather fitting.
The first new cars will be delivered to teams at the tail-end of this season, as French manufacturer Mygale already supplies the carbon-fibre monocoque chassis to the Australian and Chinese racing markets. The order books will be opened on the 27th of September, after the car has been officially unveiled.
A new step in the right direction is being taken to help our young hopefuls aim for Formula 1, with a championship that will be hard fought all the way throughout the seasons to follow.