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  • Jun 19th 2014 at 7:15PM
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It may be true that you need superhero levels of talent (not to mention some serious financial backing) to make it into Formula One, but that doesn't mean that F1 drivers are just born that way. They need to work their way up. And for many, that road starts with Formula Ford.

One of the lowest rungs on the formula racing ladder (between karting and Formula Renault), Formula Ford is among the most pure and simple forms of single-seater racing. There are literally dozens of championships taking place simultaneously around the world, but it's in British Formula Ford where drivers like Ayrton Senna, Jenson Button, Mark Webber and Anthony Davidson cut their proverbial teeth.

It's a point that's not lost on the team at XCar, which trained for and took part in a Formula Ford race at Brands Hatch... just like their heroes did. See how they fared in the video below.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      This is inspiring, amazing and difficult. So many would do anything to be able to have an opportunity without the strain of economic need. Perhaps talent may be found later but the chance given is what satisfies most with the permanent regret of not having a chance at budget racing. If anybody recommend the best way to give open wheel racing a shot in the U.S.? Can someone share for those who have gone this way before?
      Shawn Stone
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's a shame Formula Vee has fallen off the map in SCCA for the past few years. You could go out and competitively race an open wheel car for less than $7,000 in a spec class and you could trailer the car without a truck. Even this "entry" level series with Formula Ford or Formula SCCA in the States can run hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.
      Junkyard Willie
      • 1 Year Ago
      He probably weigh more than any of them too.