Formula 4

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Not to be confused with BRDC Formula 4 Championship or Japan Formula 4.
Dome F110 on display in 2014

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.[1] 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.[2] Seven races of the series would be held in conjunction with V8 Supercars events.[3] This has left the continuation of Formula 3 racing in doubt in Australia.[citation needed] However Formula Ford is continuing into 2015 and no Formula 4 series has been announced for the 2015 season.[4]

Homologated engines[edit]

Toyota 3ZR engine for the Japanese championship

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.[5] 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.[6] Currently six engines from five manufacturers are homologated for use in the FIA Formula 4.

Manufacturer Italy Abarth Italy Fiat United States Ford China Geely Japan TOM's-Toyota
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
Displacement 1.400cc 1.800cc 2.000cc 1.600cc 2.000cc 2.000cc
Valvetrain DOHC CVVT DOHC Valvematic DOHC
Crankshaft
Engine management Magneti Marelli Cosworth SQ6 Bosch MED17
Ignition system
Lubrication Dry sump Dry sump
Cooling
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[edit]

Inaugural year Name Nations Manufacturer/Type Engine Note
2014 Italian F4 Championship Italy Tatuus F4-T014 Abarth 1.4L Replaces Formula Abarth
Formula 4 Sudamericana Uruguay
Brazil
Argentina
Mexico
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.
CAMS Australian Formula 4[7] 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[8] 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
Finland
Estonia
Tatuus F4-T014 Abarth 1.4L Organized by Koiranen GP, Finland ASN AKK-Motorsport and SMP Racing.
TBA Spanish Formula 4 Spain Mygale VW Formula EVO 2.0 FSI

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