• 2012 Formula Ford Race Car

The Frankfurt Motor Show plays host to all sorts of vehicles. Whether they’re production debuts, concepts, exotics, or aftermarket works, there’s plenty of room for vehicles of all shapes and sizes for the world’s biggest auto show. And yes, that also includes race car prototypes such as the Formula Ford Racer.

Scheduled to compete in the British Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship next year, the quirky little single-seat race car is being built using a tubular steel frame that meets the FIA’s safety standards. It also carries plenty of safety features, including front and rear carbon crash structures, side intrusion panels, wheel tethers, a removable seat, and last but not least, an FIA approved head restraint system.

Talking about the engine that makes the race car run, the 2012 Formula Ford Racer will carry a 1.6-liter Ford EcoBoost direct injection turbo engine mated to a six-speed sequential transmission with a mechanical shift mechanism. The output generated by the engine hits 165 horsepower and 162 lb/ft of torque, which isn’t overwhelming, but is right in-line with FIA standards.

More details about the Formula Ford Race Car will be unveiled at a later date. For now, you can check out the photos of the eccentric-looking racer.

UPDATE 09/04/2012: Ford has just proven that power isn’t everything. Their unique Formula Ford race car powered by Ford’s tiny 1.0-liter EcoBoost petrol engine managed to lap the ’Ring in an impressive 7:22, or in the 11th fastest lap ever at the Nürburgring’s famed Nordschleife circuit.

This very cool 1.0 liter engine delivers a total of 205 HP and is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. This is enough power to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds and up to a top speed of 158 mph. The vehicle completed the 20.832 km (12.94 mile) Nordschleife circuit at an average speed of 105 mph.

"We wanted to prove that size doesn’t matter by showing everyone what an amazingly capable engine we have developed in the 1.0-litre EcoBoost," said Roelant de Waard, vice president of Marketing and Sales, Ford of Europe. "What better way than by beating some of the best supercars in the world on the Nordschleife, while using a fraction of the fuel."

  • 2012 Formula Ford Race Car
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    Ford EcoBoost direct injection turbo engine
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    six-speed sequential transmission with a mechanical shift mechanism
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    1600 L
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  (342) posted on 10.18.2011

What a nice and unique platform! but I noticed that the interior of this one seems too crowded, however, I must say that it was already stunning and looking so impressive on its looks, I just hope that it also had an impressive figure performance.

  (619) posted on 09.22.2011

This one really had a unique platform, when it comes to looks or appearance of a best-looking sports car, I bet this one will stand out! smiley Anyway, I’m impressed with the powerful engine of it.

  (762) posted on 09.15.2011

This Ford race Car is a perfect for a racing. It has a very nice exterior and interior. This kind of car will motivate us to join and win the racing competition.

  (296) posted on 09.15.2011

This formula car will carry 1.6 liter ecoboost direct to turbo engine. I like the style of the body of the car.

  (317) posted on 09.14.2011

Nice to hear that they now the Formula Ford, i like the Y-shaped wheel spokes and front and side intake faceting are both nods to Ford’s current look.

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