Ford loves racing, and it's looking to cultivate new talent with this new 2012 Formula Ford race car. Powered by a 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, the steel-tube chassis'd Formula Ford racer is a FIA-certified racecar built to run on tracks all over the world. The engine is mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox, which meters out the 158 horses and 162 pound-feet of torque.

This all-new Formula Ford racer represents the latest leap forward for the series, which has entered its 44th year of competition. Formula Ford sees many of its drivers progress to successful careers in the World Rally Championship and Formula One racing. Slated to make its racing debut at the 2012 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain (*whew!*), the racer will be introduced in a number of series around the globe.

While you're waiting for our live photos and impressions from the floor of the Frankfurt Motor Show, check it out in our gallery above and full details in the press release after the jump.
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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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      • 3 Years Ago
      How much to run one of these for interest sake?
        • 3 Years Ago
        If you have to ask, it's too much ;)
        • 3 Years Ago
        According to their website, anywhere from £35,000 to £120,000 for a competitive season.
      • 3 Years Ago
        • 3 Years Ago
        Do you see driveshafts going to the front wheels? No? Then shut up and stop trolling.
        • 3 Years Ago
        What, this comment should be removed based on principle, lol!
      Chris Livengood
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why does a 1.6 liter engine require so much sidepod. The 2.0 liter open wheel ford car that I drive has 1/4 the pod frontal area. I hope ford does plan to race this lame duck chassis. They'll get murdered by the Mygales.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Chris Livengood
        So you're going to race your 100HP 1.6L Pushrod 1968 Ford Cortina engine (or your 2.0L 72 Pinto engine) against this new one with a 160HP 1.6L ecoboost Turbo? Sidepods or no sidepods - good luck on that.
      • 3 Years Ago
      How much does it cost? Surely it can't be that expensive seeing how bare bones it is, and what a crappy engine it has... For less than $20k, I'd try and get one to take it to track days... That would be so much fun...
        • 3 Years Ago
        jesus man, just cause it's low-powered does not make it a crappy engine. Those things are bullet proof, and the whole idea of formula ford is to have a low tier open wheel racing series. That's why there are skinny tires and little downforce, it's meant as an introduction.
          Dean Hammond
          • 3 Years Ago
          I would say HP is regulated due to the fact iin the production cars that utilize the 1.6 eco, Hp is 180 as is torque.....
        Chris Livengood
        • 3 Years Ago
        A complete Formula Ford new runs in the 60k range. The car is likely way out of your skill level. This car would be much faster around a track than just about any street car you can buy, it won't however pad your ego like a Ferrari.
      • 3 Years Ago
      ... it's probably time to talk about downforce ...
        • 3 Years Ago
        With no front or rear wing, and a non-venturi floor a Formula Ford has no downforce to talk about. It's a cool car, but there's a reason its at the edge of amateur/professional racing series.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Interesting that Ford did this in the UK, while here in the US, Honda is now providing their Fit engine to replace the stalwart Kent engine.
      Soccer Mom
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford is on the roll with great designs!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love that design, but I'm embarrassed to say I've never heard of Formula Ford. I'll have to check it out.
      • 3 Years Ago
      why oh why would they put a turbocharged engine in this when they have a great 2.0L engine with similar output? turbos/boost are much harder to police in racing and not to mention turbos are more expensive to race, much less reliable, generate more heat, and have more parts to break and replace. makes absolutely no sense. the beauty of FF has always been its simplicity. MAJOR bonehead move.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If America is ever going to have F1 and WRC caliber race drivers, you have to have the equipment to train them on. If FORD shows interest in the form of developing this car, then maybe it'll grab people who might otherwise not even try. The FORD name alone should garner American attention, especially when you explain where it can lead. With the cost of racing F1 for one season easily the cost of developing a car for production, I am not too put off by this development. Maybe this means FORD is more seriously considering getting back into Formula and Prototype racing?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sequential 6 speed gearbox?! A tear just rolled down my cheek...
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder what the coefficient of drag is on this car and the like??? Looks like alot of time was taken to make sure it would cut throught the air.
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