Ford has quite the racing pedigree, but usually, its racers are relegated to the track. Not the new Formula Ford EcoBoost, though. It's a turbocharged, open-wheeled racer complete with a 200-horsepower, 1.0-liter, three-cylinder engine... and it's legal on the roads of the UK.

That's stressed in this video from Autocar, with the mag going so far as to show the car's tax disc and license plates. Being a road-legal offering, it's tempting to see just how well an open-wheeler that delivers racecar-like performance while also netting over 100 miles per gallon (assume this is on the British cycle, for obvious reasons) stacks up against modern performance cars.

Autocar lined up the Formula Ford against an Audi R8 V10, a BMW M6 Gran Coupe and a Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG in a number of situations to see which would come out on top. Take a look below for the full video.

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      Ford should put a single fat(like 15" wide) rear tire on the back so it can be street legal in the states like the T-rex and Spyder.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now THIS is the Ford that Jay Leno should be reviewing, if he could fit in it. LOL It'd be worth the trip over just to drive it IMO.
      • 1 Year Ago
      A potentially great segment completely destroyed by rain. It made the drag race pointless because as they said, the R8's AWD gives it a massive advantage in low grip conditions. It made the corner test pointless because the M6 obviously couldn't even come close to putting down any power, and it was obviously making the driver of the FF a lot more cautious, lest he loop it in front of charging 4000 lb behemoth (relatively). And the road test was pointless for the same reasons. Oh well, c'est la vie. Maybe they can do it again later in the dry.
      • 1 Year Ago
      can it reverse??
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      Can Ford make these in kit car form? Although living here in MD, it's tough to register it, even if so, limited public driving :'( Crazy mandated laws for bumpers, airbags, rear view mirrors, emissions and such!
      Sean McDonald
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      Houmpheng Phonsavath
      lol! Worst comparison ever.
      Big Squid
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let's see you pick someone up at the airport in t.
      Black Dyanmite
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why do this in the rain? BD
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would daily drive one of those in a heart beat if we could get them over here in the states in a road legal form.
        • 1 Year Ago
        In snow, during rush hour ,at 35mph, asking your boss to help you with the steering wheel so you can get out.
          • 1 Year Ago
          Considering I've ridden my motorcycle through snow before It would probably be a good bit more comfortable (read: warmer) than that. I don't have to deal with rush hour since I live in Amish country in Ohio (I work where the Ohio portion of Amish Mafia is filmed, lol). As far as the wheel, I can manage myself. Doesn't really matter either way I guess since I can park inside here at the dealership. Would make a hell of a publicity vehicle and definetely draw in customers!
        Autoholics Anonymous
        Heck Yeah! I was just thinking the same thing.
      • 1 Year Ago
      i'd hate to get by a smart in that
      • 1 Year Ago
      So a race car handles better than a normal car, who would have thought ?
        Wael Al-Rihawi
        • 1 Year Ago
        My daily driver is a Renault Clio Sport RS 197 which I never use although it is a great driver's car. I always take the one beside it for some reason! I always take my 800kg racing car with number plates.
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