- First batch of chassis ready for collection at Mygale factory
31 December, 2014 – Right on target, the first customer chassis for the new MSA Formula championship are rolling out of the Mygale factory at Magny-Cours, France, and into the hands of the 12 teams who have snapped up the full production run of 32 cars.
The first 15 of the Ford EcoBoost-powered, FIA-certified carbonfibre chassis are being collected by their new owners in the coming days, with a further 12 due for completion by the end of January and the balance in early February.
The first off the production line will take a starring role on the MSA stand at next week’s (Jan 8-11) Autosport International racing car show at Birmingham’s National Exhibition centre. The SWB Motorsport team’s chassis will also be on display at the NEC, on the HRX Racewear stand.
The MSA Formula machine 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. The motive power for the new car, the 1.6-litre DI turbocharged EcoBoost – a mainstay of Ford’s performance car range – is a 160 PS development of the unit which has successfully powered Formula Ford in Britain for the last three seasons, designed and manufactured by Ford in Britain.
MSA Formula – Certified by FIA, Powered by Ford EcoBoost is Britain’s official version of the FIA’s Formula 4 concept and will be the British Touring Car Championship’s single-seater support series, enjoying live TV coverage and bumper raceday spectator attendance. The 12 teams who will contest it are Arden Motorsport, Carlin, Double R Racing, Falcon Motorsport, Fortec Motorsport, JHR Developments, JTR, MBM Motorsport, Richardson Racing, Scorpio Motorsport, SWB Motorsport and Team Pyro.