About British F4

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 single-seater pyramid 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.

The 2016 season saw a remarkable ten different race winners demonstrating the sheer competitiveness of the championship, as well as the calibre of the drivers and teams that compete in it.

Not only does 2017 promise to be just as thrilling and wide-open, but it will also see the launch of the Ford F4 Challenge Cup; giving drivers the opportunity 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.

A cash prize of £30,000 across the season is up for grabs courtesy of Ford Motor Company along with a host of other awards and prizes. Most notably FIA Super Licence points will be awarded to the top seven drivers each year to enable their progression up the motorsport ladder.

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 supplied by engine tuner Sodemo in sealed form, 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 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.

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Challenge Cup
Battle it out on track against motorsport’s brightest young stars for less than £100,000 in the new for 2017 Ford F4 Challenge Cup.

Challenge Cup drivers will compete in seven of the 10 championship meetings, with both the Knockhill meeting and the season finale at Brands Hatch being mandatory. Drivers will then be able to nominate the other five meetings they wish to take part in.

There will be no restriction on which teams can enter but all teams will be required to adhere to the F4 British Championship’s four car limit.

All technical regulations for Friday official test days and race weekends are identical for both the Championship and Challenge Cup classes – including tyre limits – so as to ensure a level playing field.

A lucrative array of prizes are on offer to Challenge Cup entrants thanks to a £10,000 prize fund courtesy of Ford Motor Company. At each meeting £250 will be awarded to the driver who gains the most places in race one from their grid position; a further £250 will be awarded to the Challenge Cup winner in race two and £500 will be available to the Challenge Cup winner in the final race of the weekend.

As well as a dedicated Challenge Cup podium at each round, there will also be a prize of £5,000 available to the first Challenge Cup driver who wins a race overall.

Championship organisers have left the door open to Challenge Cup drivers turning their efforts to an assault on the overall championship, as they will be eligible to score championship points throughout the season.

To enhance affordability, the registration fees for Challenge Cup drivers will be reduced to £2,000 (ex. VAT). £500 less than the championship class. In addition, a  full year’s entry to all races will be £8,000 (ex. VAT); £3,000 less than the championship class.

A testing ban will commence from 21 December 2016 until 31 January 2017. From 1 February until the season opener at Brands Hatch (Indy), both Championship class and Challenge Cup drivers will be permitted to undertake open, unregulated testing with no limits on mileage or location.

Following the first race weekend, Challenge Cup drivers will only be permitted to test on the official test days associated with their chosen seven meetings. In addition to this, drivers will be able to choose a further seven days of testing from the championship’s ‘official organised’ test days during the season.

These additional days of testing will be made available to Challenge Cup entrants on a pro-rata basis, so if a driver were to only compete at five meetings, they would only be allowed to take part in the five associated official tests and five ‘official organised’ test days.