Formula Pacific was a motor racing category which was utilised in the Pacific Basin area from 1977 to 1982. It specified a single-seat, open-wheeler chassis powered by a production-based four-cylinder engine of under 1600cc capacity. The formula was based on Formula Atlantic, with provision made for the use of Japanese engines. The category was superseded in 1983 by Formula Mondial, which was devised by the FIA to replace both Formula Atlantic and Formula Pacific.
New Zealand staged the first ever races for Formula Pacific cars in January 1977  having abandoned Formula 5000 and moved to the new formula in that year. The category continued there until Formula Mondial was introduced in 1983.
Formula Pacific was adopted as part of Australian Formula 1 alongside the 5-litre Formula 5000 class in 1979 and it became the sole component of Australian Formula 1 in 1982. Formula Mondial was adopted as the new Australian Formula 1 in 1983 however cars complying with Formula Pacific would continue to compete alongside the new cars until the end of that year.
The Japan Automobile Federation ran a Formula Pacific championship from 1978 to 1982.
List of Formula Pacific Champions
- Survival of the Swiftest, 1980 Australian Grand Prix Program, page 23
- Graham Howard, A backward look at Formula Pacific, 1982 Australian Grand Prix Program, page 51
- New Zealand Formula Pacific series races Retrieved on 23 January 2010
- Formula Mondial - Southern Pacific Zone, Australian Motor Racing Year 1983/94, pages 232-233
- CAMS Manual of Motor Sport 1983, page 273
- JAF Formula Pacific Series Races Retrieved on 23 January 2010
- Grand Prix Macau > MGP Archive > Chronology > Decades of History - The 70s Retrieved on 23 January 2010
- Grand Prix Macau > MGP Archive > Chronology > Decades of History - The 80s Retrieved on 23 January 2010
- The Sydney Morning Herald, Monday, 24 August 1981, page 21