Formula Ford

The Formula Ford is an entry- level class in Formula racing. According to its regulations, many national and international championships are held.

Common history

1967 Formula Ford from the car manufacturer Ford brand trophy series for youth development was launched. Was invented by the British racing school owner Geoff Clarke. The main difference from the previously single brand formula formula V series was the front suspension, which consisted instead of the crank arm from wishbones specifically for racing.

The first race took place in Germany circa 1971. Approved were initially only American military personnel. The races were held under the American Express Cup on Army airports. All vehicles were uniform Lotus Mk 61 official championship status had the formula Ford From 1980 to 2000.

From 1973, the series was open to German identity card and driver license. The first Formula Ford director was Mike Argetsinger, later the Wiesbaden Volker Carius took over the management. From 1980, an additional championship was for holder of an international driver's license, carried out in parallel and with distinction in the ONS, the predecessor organization of the DMSB.

In 1983, the national championship has been set and it introduced the longstanding successful in England Formule Ford 2000. In 2000, Ford Germany has decided to discontinue support for the German branch of the junior racing series in favor of the Ford Puma Cup. Under the direction of private associations races and championships are still performed as a comprehensive vehicle quota is still available. Since 2000, a similar Championship will be by Renault Formula Renault performed. In the years 2000 to 2009, there was the Classic Formula Ford Competition. As this was not pursued after 2009 was in 2010, the Formula Ford Racing, which has since offers drivers in Europe a possibility with your classic cars continue to operate motor sports at a high level.


Participants had the choice between several chassis manufacturers, almost all English brands, and the drivers were able to as front or rear wing concentrate without aerodynamic aids on the learning of chassis adjustments.

The Ford engines the Kent series (later Zetec ) were mandatory and were prepared according to a strict regulation, offered by several engine tuners. The standard tires and gearing were other cornerstones of a total package cost.

This was the participation, as compared to other racing series, relatively cheap, because by eliminating the aerodynamic aids were consuming tests superfluous. Also in case of any crash that was an advantage, because without the wings work triangle or wishbone suspensions or vehicle noses were worst destroyed.

The voting options so limited themselves to change the gearing by replacing the gears, increase the tire pressure or decrease to adjust the stabilizers front and rear, replace the springs on the front or rear axle or even to change the camber of the suspension.

This coordination work requires little time and a set-up can be created in a few rounds ( without much tire consumption). Separate tuning drives with renewed Directions and route rent were unusual at times Formula Ford because of the cost. Professional racing teams usually had at hand tuning values ​​for the known slopes, race tracks were on temporary experience with the relatively simple structures adequately.

The Formula Ford was many years as a talent of Formula 1 Formula 1 world champions such as Emerson Fittipaldi, Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and Mika Hakkinen were found in this category.

In the Formula Ford 1600 winning driver, often started in the next higher racing series like Formula Ford 2000, Formula Opel, Formula 3 in these days of the entry into Formula 3000 and Formula 1


  • Lotus
  • March
  • Merlyn
  • Mondiale
  • Mygale
  • PRS
  • Quest
  • Ray
  • Reynard
  • Royale
  • Swift
  • Van Diemen


The original Kent engine came from the Ford Cortina and Ford Escort 1600GT and came up with a displacement of 1599 cc ( bore x stroke 81 x 77.62 mm). With a Weber 32/36 DGV carburetor with venturi he made in 1977 at 6000 rpm 77 kW (105 hp) and 1979 78 kW (107 hp). In the 1990s rendered the motors used 85 kW (115 hp).

The 1.8-liter Zetec engine was used from 1993 and replaced the Kent engine used since 1966.

As of the 2013 season, a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine with 147 kW ( 200 hp ) will be used.

A custom class with aerodynamic aids and slicks was the Formula Ford 2000, the 2 -liter engine made ​​about 100 kW (135 hp).

Master of the German Formula Ford

From 1980, the championship for holders of a German national license was continued and introduced the ONS Championship holder of an international license. As of 1983 fell off the national series.

* Special classification for the holder of a national license ** special classification for FF1600 FF1800 Championship within the

Formula Ford 1800

National Championship ***

Formula Ford 2000