FORD F4 BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP

The F4 British Championship certified by FIA - powered by Ford is the UK's premier single-seater series, the only championship open to 15-year-old drivers and the first step on the FIA motorsport ladder to F1.

It is the most remarkable initiative in junior single-seater racing since the launch of the original Formula Ford in 1967; a concept which helped develop and mould the track careers of so many of motor racing's great names. 

Britain's official version of the FIA's Formula 4 concept was introduced in 2015 and is widely regarded as the most competitive junior category single seat championship in the world.

Powered by the race-proven Ford 1.6L EcoBoost engine which is tuned to deliver the FIA’s maximum permitted 160 PS, the championship's carbon-fibre monocoque chassis provides drivers with a safe, reliable and economical means of getting on the grid for the first time.

Designed to be a globally recognised, yet affordable step between karting and F3; the F4 British Championship has established itself as the place for junior drivers from around the globe to embark upon their single-seater careers and make their first strides to F1.

2017 saw a rich crop of Ford EcoBoost-powered talent provide an abundance of scintillating wheel-to-wheel action in what was Ford’s 50th consecutive year at the forefront of junior single-seaters. Records were broken, boundaries of performance pushed and the bar raised even higher in the only single-seater series in Britain open to 15-year-old drivers.

The Ford F4 Challenge Cup got off to a flying start, with multiple winners vying for the prize of free entry into the full championship. It returns for 2018 to give drivers the chance to battle it out on track for less than £100,000.

The F4 British Championship plays a starring role on live television on ITV4 as the sole singer-seater support event on the TOCA package. Racing in Britain, the home of F1, with a 30 race schedule in front of the British Touring Car Championship's massive spectator fanbase at the UK's major circuits. 

In 2018 drivers will once again battle it out for the most coveted prize in British single-seater racing: to be crowned FIA British Formula 4 Champion. FIA Super Licence points will be awarded to the top seven drivers to enable their progression up the motorsport ladder and the champion will receive a fully funded test with a leading FIA F3 European team.

Attractive purchase price

One of the chief attractions of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford is its remarkable value for money. Not only has the cost of a new chassis been kept to a minimum, careful attention has been paid to the cost of consumables and ease of repair. The technical regulations provide strict governance to ensure that a cap is kept on running costs. The F4 British Championship is the only British series running to the FIA’s mandated price cap system. This enables affordable racing and ensures one of the lowest running costs of any single-seater car.

Powered by Ford EcoBoost

The motive power for our FIA Formula 4 car, the 1.6 litre DI turbocharged EcoBoost, is a mainstay of Ford’s performance car range. The 160 PS unit is designed and manufactured by Ford in Britain and supplied at a price to meet the FIA’s mandated price cap. It is the only engine homologated by the FIA for use in F4 chassis in the UK.

The engines and their electronic management systems are sealed and tuned to the FIA’s maximum permitted 160 PS; following dyno testing and power matching to +/- 1.5% tolerance to ensure a level and fair playing field.

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Chassis by Mygale
The Mygale F4 chassis, which has also been supplied to the Australian, Mexican, Chinese and Malaysian markets, is designed around FIA F3 level safety requirements; including front and rear impact absorbing structures, anti-intrusion front and side panels, roll hoops, FIA head restraint system, wheel restraining cables, FIA safety seat and retractable steering wheel and column.

Tyres by Hankook
F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford cars race on Hankook F200 slick and Hankook Z206/7 wet-weather tyres, identical in construction to those employed in the FIA European F3 Championship. This means drivers are be able to gain valuable experience of the tyres and their characteristics ahead of their next step up the FIA single-seater pyramid.

Driver eligibility

The F4 British Championship is open to drivers aged 15 years and above. Entrants must be members of the BRSCC and in possession of a valid MSA Competition (Racing) National A status Licence as a minimum, or

  1. A valid MSA Competition (Racing) National B licence, with the driver having satisfactorily completed the Advanced ARDS course, or
  2. be a professional driver in possession of a valid licence (featuring an EU flag) and medical issued by the ASN of a member country of the European Union, or comparable country.

Costs

Registration to the F4 British Championship costs £2,500 (£2,000 for Challenge Cup drivers) and a full year’s entry to all races an additional £11,000 (£8,000 for Challenge Cup drivers). Round by round entry costs £1,500.

* All costs exclude VAT.

Scheduled 2018 Calendar

Rounds 1, 2 & 3 April 7th/8th Brands Hatch Indy
Rounds 4, 5 & 6 April 28th/29th Donington Park National
Rounds 7, 8 & 9 May 19th/20th Thruxton
Rounds 10, 11 & 12 June 9th/10th Oulton Park Island
Rounds 13, 14 & 15 June 23rd/24th Croft
Rounds 16, 17 & 18 July 28th/29th Snetterton 300
Rounds 19, 20 & 21 August 11th/12th Rockingham ISSCL
Rounds 22, 23 & 24 August 25th/26th Knockhill
Rounds 25, 26 & 27 September 15th/16th Silverstone National
Rounds 28, 29 & 30 September 29th/30th Brands Hatch GP

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