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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:2013
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:August 07, 2013
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Click here to download printer friendly versionTo showcase the potential of the newly introduced and award winning EcoBoost three-cylinder engine, Ford set about creating what was effectively a road legal Formula Ford racing car. Dubbed the FF1, it broke cover early in 2013 and with 7min 22sec set the 11th fastest time ever for road car around the Nürburgring despite featuring an engine displacing less than one litre.

Ford's engineers started with the latest 'EcoBoost 200' chassis, which is also used for the British Formula Ford championship. This is built around a steel tubular frame and features double wishbones with push-rod actuated springs and dampers both front and rear. For road use, the front and rear wings of the single seater are removed and instead light units on stilts and cycle wing fenders are fitted on all four corner.

A tweaked three-cylinder EcoBoost engine replaces the 1.6 litre used in the Formula Ford car. The most powerful version of this turbocharged and direct injection unit available in Ford's standard road car produces 125 bhp but with some additional massaging this figure was raised to 202 bhp for the engine fitted in the FF1. This power is transferred to the rear wheels through a Hewland six-speed gearbox that weighs just 41 kg.

Fully equipped the FF1 tips the scales at 495 kg, and despite being able to accelerate to 60 mph in under 4 seconds, it can also cover over 100 mpg. The low weight and relatively powerful engine allowed Nick Tandy to lap the 'Ring faster than a Lamborghini Aventador.

Although the FF1 is completely road legal, there are currently no plans to develop a production version of this high performance Ford.

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