NEW FORMULA FORD ECOBOOST 200 TO MAKE TRACK DEBUT


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The new Formula Ford EcoBoost 200.

Prospective competitors for next year’s BTCC-supporting Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship will get their first chance to drive the new EcoBoost 200 car next month.

The first two Formula Ford chassis to be fitted with front and rear aerodynamic wings and power-boosted 1.6-litre turbocharged EcoBoost engine will be in action on Silverstone’s Stowe circuit on Saturday 15th December, and championship organisers are expecting heavy demand for test drives.

“We will be limiting testing to 18 prospective drivers that day and we are expecting the first wave of places to be filled quickly by drivers wishing to be the first anywhere in the world to sample the new Formula Ford,” said Sam Roach, of championship promoter RacingLine.

“Each of them will get a drive slot in order to sample the new car and they will also have the opportunity to meet representatives of the teams planning to contest the series, meet the Formula Ford championship organisation and take part in technical and sporting presentations.”

Although driving slots are limited, non-driving guests are welcome to attend for the full day. Drivers wishing to be considered for a test are asked to submit their applications and racing CVs to championship co-ordinator Penny Mattocks via email: p.mattocks@racingline.com

The Formula Ford EcoBoost 200, which will race for the first time next Easter, will be the quickest junior single-seater in the UK thanks to a remapped engine producing in excess of 200 PS. The chassis is equipped with a fully adjustable aerodynamic package, FIA safety compliant chassis, Formula 3-specification six-speed sequential gearbox and on-board data logging and track mapping.

Formula Ford has signed to support the UK’s premier motorsport package, the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, for the next three seasons. The deal includes live TV at each of the 10 events, broadcast on ITV4.

The first 15 drivers to sign up to contest the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain will receive free championship registration and race entries for 2013, as well as free pre-event testing.

The opening rounds of the 30-race championship are scheduled for 30/31 March at Brands Hatch, the birthplace of Formula Ford in 1967.