Friday, December 07 2012
The Ford Duratec engine developed for the new BRDC F4 car has
completed an extensive programme of testing, with impressive
The 2.0 litre unit, which is supplied by Cosworth and utilises a Cosworth engine management system, has undergone a number of dyno tests. Although forecast to produce 175bhp, the recorded power output was actually 10bhp higher at 185bhp. Furthermore, testing demonstrated a wide power band with excellent torque and throttle response.
All 24 F4 cars, built to a single specification by Ralph Firman's RFR company, will be fitted with the identical power units, linked to a six-speed Sadev paddle shift gearbox - the most sophisticated system of any car at this level. The F4 car also features an advanced spaceframe chassis which last month passed the FIA's stringent load and impact test programme at the first attempt.
Butterfield, Group Operations and Engineering Manager for
championship promoter MSV, said: "We're delighted with the results
of our BRDC F4 engine tests, where the power output has exceeded
that which our simulations predicted. We know the 2.0 litre Ford
Duratec engine is going to provide an excellent level of
performance whilst also being reliable and consistent both
engine-to-engine and over the course of the season. Cosworth engine
control is critical to this and, coupled with their gearbox
control, offers an integrated package with an unparalleled level of
capability and sophistication for an entry-level formula
He added: "In line with F4's commitment to reducing running costs and ensuring equality, all engines will be sealed and supplied on a fully serviced lease basis by MSV."
MSV Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer said: "Whilst we were very confident the Ford 2.0 litre Duratec with Cosworth development was going to be the ideal engine for a single seater at this level, it's great news that dyno testing has proved its excellent performance. I have no doubt our F4 drivers will love the immediacy of its crisp throttle response, wide power band and smooth revving characteristics that will enable them to get the best out of the MSV F4-013 chassis."
For more information on the championship visit www.formula4.com.