What is MSA Formula?

Last year Ford and the MSA announced the most exciting development in British junior single-seater motor racing for almost 50 years: the arrival of the FIA F4 concept in the UK for 2015…

  • New championship named MSA Formula – Certified by FIA, Powered by Ford EcoBoost
  • Powered by Ford: 1.6-litre EcoBoost engines, as proven in Formula Ford, tuned to deliver the FIA’s maximum permitted 160 PS
  • ‘Ready to race’ price of a new car including engine lease, Sadev sequential paddle shift transmission and data logging system less than £36,000*
  • The only UK championship awarded by the MSA and run to the FIA’s F4 regulations
  • Open to 15-year-old drivers: the only single-seater championship in Britain to offer this opportunity
  • Only UK championship which earns successful drivers points towards the FIA Superlicence
  • Carbon-fibre monocoque chassis, designed to meet exacting FIA safety standards, produced by leading European manufacturer Mygale
  • Single engine tuner: all power units supplied through one leading race engine preparer
  • Control tyres from leading race and road tyre manufacturer Hankook
  • 10-meeting, 30-race schedule of BTCC-support races at all major British circuits, with live TV and highlights package
  • Mentoring and driver development programme every race weekend overseen by the MSA, British motorsport’s governing body

Attractive purchase price
One of the chief attractions of MSA Formula will be its remarkable value for money. Not only has the cost of a new chassis been kept to a minimum, careful attention has been paid to the cost of consumables and ease of repair. The technical regulations provide strict governance to ensure that a cap is kept on running costs. MSA Formula will be the only UK championship running to the FIA’s mandated price cap system, enabling affordable racing.

The Mygale FIA F4 chassis complete with six-speed sequential gearbox, ‘paddle shift’ steering wheel and data logging system will retail at the FIA’s price cap of £30,400*. The Ford EcoBoost power units will be supplied on a lease basis only at £4800* for a season’s running. A set of Hankook slick race tyres will cost competitors £599.
*at 1.25 €/£ exchange rate

Powered by Ford Ecoboost
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 and supplied at a price to meet the FIA’s mandated price cap. It is the only engine homologated by the FIA for use in F4 chassis in the UK. The engines and their electronic management systems will be supplied by engine tuner Sodemo in sealed form following dyno testing and power matching to +/- 1.5% tolerance to ensure a level and fair playing field.

See the full tech spec

Chassis by Mygale
The new championship’s carbon-fibre monocoque chassis, designed to meet exacting FIA safety standards, will be supplied by respected French manufacturer Mygale. Based at Magny-Cours, Mygale was founded in 1989 by Bertrand Decoster; its first car was a Formula Ford and Mygale chassis have gone on to win championships around the globe, including the last nine Formula Ford championships in Britain.

The Mygale F4 chassis, which is being supplied also to the Australian, Chinese and Spanish markets, is designed around the 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.

Tyres by Hankook
MSA Formula cars will race on Hankook slick tyres identical in compound and construction to those employed in the FIA European F3 Championship. Drivers will be able to gain valuable experience of the tyres and their characteristics ahead of their next step up the FIA’s racing career ladder. In conjunction with Hankook, Ford will award the 2015 MSA Formula Champion a test with a leading FIA F3 team.

Driver eligibility
MSA Formula is the only championship that meets the technical criteria announced last month by the MSA which will permit 15-year-old drivers to race in certain circumstances, including the completion of an extended ARDS course.

BTCC package
MSA Formula will be contested over 30 races in 2015 as the single-seater support series to the UK’s premier motorsport package, the British Touring Car Championship. The season kicks off in early April and takes in events at all of the UK’s leading race circuits: Brands Hatch, Donington Park, Thruxton, Oulton Park, Croft, Snetterton, Knockhill, Rockingham and Silverstone.

See the full calendar