Neil Brown Engineering appointed engine support provider for F4 British Championship from 2018

17 OCTOBER, 2017 – Neil Brown Engineering has been appointed engine support provider for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost from 2018 onwards. By securing the services of one of the world’s pre-eminent engine builders, the F4 British Championship has taken another step to maintain its standing as the UK’s leading junior single-seater series.

Neil Brown Engineering will be responsible for the balancing of Ford EcoBoost British F4 engines and provide track support at all races and organised tests. Teams will also benefit from a support network away from the track to enable continual progression and development.

The appointment comes on the back of extensive consultation with F4 British Championship teams; all squads having been actively involved at every stage of the selection process.

Said Gerard Quinn, Senior Manager of Ford Performance Europe: “The F4 British Championship has an exceptional pedigree in technical excellence. It boasts a number of the world’s highest calibre, single-seater teams.

“As part of Ford’s commitment to maintain British F4 as the benchmark FIA Formula 4 series, it is paramount that we continue to provide optimal engine performance and reliability. By having Neil Brown Engineering as engine support provider, the F4 British Championship is well placed to do this in 2018 and beyond.

“This exciting development for the series is the fruition of a close working relationship between Ford and teams in a collaborative process. Neil Brown Engineering’s exceptional capabilities, knowledge and expertise, combined with its proven track record of success made it an outstanding choice for teams.”

Since it was founded in 1973, Neil Brown Engineering has established itself as a renowned engine supplier at the forefront of motor racing in a wide range of categories.

It won its first championships with Ford, when building Capri 3.0 litre Group 1 engines to win three British and European Group 1 titles from 1979. Ford-powered single-seater success followed in Formula Ford 2000 with numerous victories and five championships between 1983 and 1988.

The engine builder secured 10 consecutive British Formula 3 titles from 1996 to 2005, and in 2013 developed a 2.0 litre direct injection engine for the FIA Formula 3 European Championship; the next step on the FIA single-seater pyramid from British F4.

Neil Brown Engineering is no stranger to success in the British Touring Car Championship which stars on the TOCA package alongside British F4, building engines for Team Dynamics and West Surrey Racing. It has helped the outfits win eight drivers’ championships between them, meanwhile achieving more saloon car success in DTM with Audi Motorsport which has yielded seven drivers’ and six constructors’ titles.

“We’re really proud to be the engine support provider for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost,“ said Neil Brown Engineering sales and workshop manager Wayne Mathurin. “It puts us back into the single-seater limelight.

“The series is going from strength to strength thanks to the Ford EcoBoost technology and quality of the wheel-to-wheel racing it produces. As the first step on the FIA single-seater pyramid, the F4 British Championship is a highly prestigious series which has seen an exceptional calibre of drivers come through it and this will only continue in the future.

“We will build strong relationships with the teams, demonstrating the high quality work we’re capable of. We’ve appointed a specific, dedicated project leader to the development of this programme and we will personally visit every team in the coming weeks to begin that crucial relationship building process.

“The teams are going to benefit from a level of customer service which is second to none. The passion to provide an excellent service and to win exists in every member of staff at Neil Brown Engineering.

“Whilst we know that this a single-make championship and therefore all cars are the same, that doesn’t mean to say we stop pushing the parameters. We constantly strive for improvement and performance gains.”

Sodemo Moteur will continue as the homologation partner for all current 1.6 litre turbocharged Ford EcoBoost engines, which are used as the motive power for FIA Formula 4 series around the world.

British F4 thrills as part of the next generation at Ford Go Further

  • British F4 shines at Go Further as future of Ford Motor Company unveiled with next generation Fiesta in Cologne, Germany.
  • Sennan Fielding captures the imagination of guests driving British F4 car along with Andy Priaulx and Dirk Müller in Le Mans-winning Ford GT and GT40.

2 DECEMBER, 2016 – The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford took to the spotlight at the unveiling of the future of Ford Motor Company at a special Go Further event in Cologne, Germany which saw the launch of the next generation Fiesta.

British F4’s 1.6 litre turbocharged EcoBoost racer driven by Sennan Fielding, along with the GT40 and Ford GT which won Le Mans in 1966 and 2016 respectively, set hearts racing as part of a procession that roared past thousands of guests and heralded the arrival of the world’s most technologically advanced small car.

It was an exciting moment for the Ford backed championship which uses a Fiesta ST as its safety car, and fitting that the series which has become renowned for developing the next generation of motorsport stars was present at the debut of the next generation of Fiesta.

The magnitude of the event was not lost on 2016’s FIA British Formula 4 vice champion Sennan Fielding. “To be at Go Further is an amazing opportunity,” said the driver who is in the hunt for the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award on the back of a season which saw him claim five race victories for Steven Hunter’s JHR Developments squad.

“I cannot thank everyone at Ford and British F4 for letting me be a part of it; meeting so many people who make up the Ford family and seeing all these fantastic cars.

“The whole event has been incredible. The Ford plant in Cologne is so impressive and to fully immerse myself in the world of Ford has been a remarkable experience.

“Representing British F4 at the launch of the next generation Fiesta in front of the world’s media, as well as the likes of Ford Motor Company’s president and chief executive officer Mark Fields; Jim Farley (vice president and president, Europe, Middle East and Africa) and Roelant de Waard (vice president of marketing, sales and service, Ford of Europe) is such an honour.

“Days like today give me added motivation. I want to emulate the amazing careers of drivers like Andy Priaulx and Dirk Müller. What they are achieving with Ford in the GT car is very special and I dream of having a similar opportunity one day.

“Competing in British F4 has given me the perfect platform to do this. The series is on the renowned TOCA package, starring alongside the ever-popular British Touring Car Championship on live television.”

Added Ford GT driver Andy Priaulx MBE: “What has struck me is how engaging the next generation Fiesta launch has been. I think Ford have really tapped into the emotion and excitement of the brand using the race cars to open the show.

“You could feel the passion from the audience when seeing all the people clapping and cheering as the cars were driven past them. That had a real wow factor.

“Sennan has had a great 2016 so I’m really happy that he’s being recognised for his achievements in the F4 British Championship which has had an excellent year too. It’s brilliant to see the staircase of talent that is coming through at Ford which will hopefully work its way into the GT car in the future. British F4 is a fantastic series and I think that it’s right that it is present at events like this.”

Commented Dirk Müller who drove the No. 68 Ford GT to victory at Le Mans in 2016: “It’s a huge event and absolutely amazing to be part of the launch of the next generation Fiesta, driving our race cars like the Ford GT and the British F4 car. I couldn’t stop smiling during the whole procession. On days like this you can see how big, but how close the Ford family is and family is the key word here.

“Motorsport is a tough business and you have to work hard to bring home the trophies. I have Brits like Andy Priaulx and Richard Westbrook as teammates in the GT and Sennan can definitely make it to the top like them.”

Relive the spectacular Go Further event and unveiling of the next generation Fiesta by clicking on the image below.

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Priaulx helps British F4 drivers reach the top step

  • Priaulx inspires British F4 grid with driver coaching session at Snetterton.
  • F1 teams taking keen interest in British F4 and its drivers according to Priaulx.

8 AUGUST, 2016 – Drivers in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford returned from the summer break joined by none other than triple World Touring Car Champion and Ford GT World Endurance Championship star Andy Priaulx MBE at Snetterton.

Aside from a list of motorsport achievements almost as long as Snetterton’s Senna straight, Priaulx has been a coach to a number of drivers who have made it to F1 stardom such as Marcus Ericsson and Bruno Senna; so there was no better person to lead a driver coaching session with the 2016 British F4 cohort.

Priaulx’s masterclass acting as yet another fine example of how British F4 and Ford continues to provide the best learning and developmental opportunities for young motorsport talent.

His session covered a variety of topics; ranging from optimising performance both on and off the track to the importance of leading the team and pulling everyone together around you. All areas which the dedicated team of experts at Priaulx’s iZone Driver Performance facility encourage drivers to focus upon.

“I hope after meeting all the British F4 drivers I have been able to provide an insight into where they will go on to in their careers,” said Priaulx.

“It’s important to realise that Formula 1 teams are looking at British F4. That’s a really good accolade for the series and testament to where it is going.

“British F4 is affordable and offers a high level of competition which is what young drivers need.

“It is a brilliant starting point for youngsters. It’s on the TOCA package which is excellent and it’s a great series to graduate from.

“Drivers in British F4 are in one of the most high profile championships with Ford’s support and a host of major partners [such as Snap-On Business Solutions and Samsung].

“I think a series like British F4 which is supported by a major manufacturer like Ford is invaluable. You can build a relationship with the blue oval and it’s a big brand. There is a staircase of talent forming here at Ford with British F4, the GT programme and NASCAR.”

Priaulx was also keen to emphasise the increasingly important role played by fuel economy in motorsport with Ford’s EcoBoost technology at the forefront: “What we do is all about fuel economy. Optimising performance with good economy. So the more laps we can do on one tank of fuel and the quicker it takes to refill, the quicker we will be at the end of the race.

“The EcoBoost technology is amazing. The power that we are producing from that little V6 engine [in the Ford GT in the WEC and the 1.6 litre turbocharged unit in British F4] combined with the fuel economy and performance of the vehicles is unbelievable.

“Learning about this kind of technology in junior single-seaters with Ford in British F4 is great. Learning how it all works and how to optimise fuel burn is very interesting and as a driver it’s always very good to have a technical understanding of this.”

Priaulx also cast an eye on the future of his son Sebastian who is beginning to work his way up the motorsport ranks; currently making waves in the Ginetta Junior Championship with the JHR Developments team which also competes in the F4 British Championship.

“I would love Seb to join British F4”, said Priaulx. “He’s done really well in such a short space of time. British F4 is an absolute must for him and if I can find a way next year to bring him in I will do. I think he would be really quick. It would be such a great story with my strong relationship with Ford.

“Without wanting to put any pressure on him I think it would be a great opportunity. Every driver needs single-seater experience. It’s so important.”

The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford title battle rolls on to Knockhill on 13/14 August as the season draws ever closer to its climax.