The Ford FF1 isn’t exactly the kind of car you’d expect from the Blue Oval, but the three-cylinder, EcoBoost-powered single-seat racer sure is quite a ride, isn’t it?
Set to make its public debut at the 20th Goodwood Festival of Speed this coming July, the FF1 is the evolution of the Formula Ford Racer that was unveiled a few years ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show. That model was built to meet the FIA’s safety standards, complete with a tubular steel frame for the body, front and rear carbon crash structures, side-intrusion panels, wheel tethers, a removable seat and an FIA-approved head-restraint system.
More importantly, the FF1 proved to be quite the formidable Nürburgring slayer, completing a lap in just 7:22, the 11th fastest recorded time on the ’Ring’s time sheet, besting the likes of the Ferrari Enzo, Pagani Zonda, and yes, even the Lamborghini Aventador.
All that was possible, thanks to the car’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine that delivers 205 horsepower and mates to a six-speed manual transmission. This compact powerplant is capable of sprinting the FF1 to 60 mph in less than four seconds with a top speed of 158 mph. Equally important is its ability to cover 100 miles per gallon without any modifications.
So what’s the Ford FF1 going to do at the 2013 Festival of Speed? It’s going to be on display and, on top of that, it’s going to tackle the famous Goodwood hill climb.
Nothing will impress people faster than a lightweight little rocket beating supercars twice its size and three times more powerful. That’s the Ford FF1, folks.
Image Note: The above image is of the Formula Ford Racer, not the FF1. We will reveal the FF1 once Ford releases the images
Ford’s FF1, a Formula Ford-inspired 1.0-litre track car will make its public debut in the UK at the 20th Goodwood Festival of Speed, taking place from July 11-14.
The three-cylinder EcoBoost-powered FF1 sits side-by-side with some of the world’s most exotic supercars following its astonishing pace around Germany’s famed Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit. The single-seat, road-legal car with a top speed of almost 160mph, completed a lap in 7min 22sec to register the 11th fastest time ever on the circuit putting it ahead of 600+ horsepower supercars such as the Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari Enzo and Pagani Zonda. No other three- or even four-cylinder car has posted a faster time at the legendary circuit.
Driven differently, the featherweight super-efficient FF1 is capable of over 100mpg without modification, proving that high performance and fuel economy need not be mutually exclusive.
The FF1 will tackle the famous Goodwood hillclimb and it will also be on display in the FoS-TECH area during the Festival. It has become the UK’s leading exhibition promoting state-of-the-art green and environmentally friendly technologies as well as looking into the future of transportation.
In addition, Ford will be showcasing the all-new and highly-acclaimed Fiesta ST at the Moving Motor Show on Thursday 11 July. The Moving Motor Show is a preview day for the Festival of Speed and allows car enthusiasts the chance to see the industry’s latest models, with manufacturers using the famous Goodwood Hill to demonstrate their newest products.
Legendary Ford GT40 models from the company’s UK heritage collection will take part in the Goodwood Revival on September 13-15. They will be supporting the 50th anniversary of the start of development of the classic endurance racer. This will be celebrated at the Revival with a unique all-Ford GT40 race. The Whitsun Trophy race will be the first time in history that a dedicated competition has ever been held for these iconic Ford racers.
Ford is a founding supporter of the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival and will be fully represented at both these prestigious events in July and September.
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