Gerhard Berger and the FIA Singleseater Commission launched the FIA Formula 4 in March 2013. The goal of the Formula 4 is to make the ladder to Formula 1 more transparent. Besides sporting and technical regulations, costs are regulated too. A car to compete in this category may not exceed € 30.000 in purchase. A single season in Formula 4 may not exceed € 100.000 in costs. The Italian Formula 4 was the second Formula 4 championship to be launched. The first championship launches was the Australian Formula 4 which will start in 2015. The Italian championship was launched by the ACI-CSAI on December 12th, 2013. The championship will effectively replace the Formula Abarth. Italian race car constructor Tatuus was contracted to design and build all the cars. Tatuus had also built all the cars for the Formula Abarth. The Tatuus chassis will feature a detuned Formula Abarth engine limited to 160hp.WSK Promotions, well known for its kart races in the WSK Euro Series e.a., was contracted to promote the championship.
The championship features Tatuus designed and built cars. The cars will be constructed out of carbon fibre and feature a monocoque chassis. The engine is a 1400cc Fiat-FPT. The engine will be rebadged as an Abarth. This is the same engine used in the Formula Abarth between 2010 and 2013. It will be detuned to fit the FIA Formula 4 regulations from 180hp to 160hp.