FIA Formula 4 is an open-wheel racing car category intended for junior drivers. There is no global championship, however individual nations can host their own championships to a world-wide set of rules and specifications.
The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) saw a need for clearer career path and stepping stone for drivers. There are many drivers wishing to graduate from Karting but can not afford the higher costs of Formula 3. In March 2013, it was announced that the creation of a new category, Formula 4, intended to meet this need. Draft regulations were agreed at a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council on March 6.
FIA Formula 4 will start off in 2014 as a single-make category before morphing into a multi-make slicks-and-wings formula based around a carbon chassis. It will use 1600cc engines capped at 150 bhp. Each championship will use a single make of engine, but different manufacturers may build engines for the formula in different countries. The engines will be equalised so that one version of Formula 4 is not faster than another.The intention should bring the cost down to under €100,000 per year to compete.
Former Formula 1 driver, Gerhard Berger acting as the FIA Single-Seater Commission president announced the creation of the category. It was noted that the market for national Formula 3 championships is very thin due to cost. In some countries, such as Italy, Formula 3 had been cancelled. In the place of the expensive categories, a number of separate categories have been created in several countries however there was no commonality between the cars from country to country. One such category is the similarly named British based BRDC Formula 4 which is unrelated to the FIA rules.
In November 2013, the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) announced that the FIA Formula 4 category will replace the Australian Formula Ford Championship commencing in 2015. Seven races of the series would be held in conjunction with V8 Supercars events. This has left the continuation of Formula 3 racing in doubt in Australia. However Formula Ford is continuing into 2015 and no Formula 4 series has been announced for the 2015 season.
To become an eligible FIA Formula 4 engine, the engine must meet the homologation requirements. According to the homologation requirements a FIA Formula 4 engine must last at least 10.000km and has a maximum purchasing price of € 9.500. According to the FIA Formula 4 technical regulations only four cylinder engines are allowed. Both normally aspirated and turbo charged engines are permitted. The poweroutput has been maximized at 160hp. The engine displacement is unlimited. Currently six engines from five manufacturers are homologated for use in the FIA Formula 4.
|1.4L T-Jet||1.8L E.torQ||2.0L Duratec||1.6L EcoBoost||G-Power JLD-4G20||3ZR|
|Engine Type||inline 4||inline 4||inline 4||inline 4||inline 4||inline 4|
|Valvetrain||DOHC||CVVT DOHC||Valvematic DOHC|
|Engine management||Magneti Marelli||Cosworth SQ6||Bosch MED17|
|Lubrication||Dry sump||Dry sump|
|Transmission||Sequential Sadev six speed||Sequential Sadev five speed||Sequential Sadev six speed||Sequential Sadev six speed|
|Fuel||Panta Racing Fuel|
FIA Formula 4 Championships
|2014||Italian F4 Championship||Italy||Tatuus F4-T014||Abarth 1.4L||Replaces Formula Abarth|
|Formula 4 Sudamericana||Uruguay
|Signatech||Fiat E.torQ 1.8L||Successor of Formula Future Fiat|
|2015||FIA Japan Formula 4||Japan||Dome F110||TOM'S-Toyota 2.0L||Organized by GT–Association to host the Super GT. There is another JAF Japan Formula 4, organized by Japanese ASN JAF.|
|Australian Formula 4||Australia||Mygale||TBA||New established series by Australian ASN CAMS.|
|China Formula 4||China||Mygale||Geely G-Power JLD-4G20 (2.0L)||Replaces the China Formula Grand Prix|
|MSA Formula||Britain||Mygale||Ford 1.6L EcoBoost||Replaces the British Formula Ford Championship|
|ADAC Formula 4||Germany||Tatuus F4-T014||TBA||Replaces the ADAC Formel Masters|
|BRDC Formula 4||Britain||Tatuus F4-T014||Ford 2.0L Duratec||Introduces a new chassis in 2015 according to FIA F4 regulations. However, it is not the F4 of FIA approved.|
|SMP F4 Championship||Russia
|Tatuus F4-T014||Abarth 1.4L||Organized by Koiranen GP, Finland ASN AKK-Motorsport and SMP Racing.|
- "FIA Formula 4 Homologation Regulations". FIA. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
- "FIA 2014 Formula 4 Technical Regulations". FIA. Retrieved 21 September 2014.