10/01/13 - MotorSport Vision (MSV), organiser of the BRDC
Formula 4 Championship, today (Thursday 10 January) unveiled its
brand new F4 car at the 2013 Autosport International Show in
The MSV F4-013, which has been built to a single specification
by Ralph Firman's RFR company, was revealed to invited media,
guests, teams and drivers by MSV Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer
and BRDC President Derek Warwick.
Incorporating an advanced spaceframe chassis compliant with the
latest FIA Article 277 safety standards, the new single seater is
powered by a Cosworth developed 2 litre Duratec engine producing
185bhp and linked to a Sadev six-speed paddleshift transmission -
making it the most sophisticated car at this level.
The new F4 car is equipped with front and rear wings, control
tyres supplied by leading manufacturer Yokohama, AP Racing 4-piston
brakes, the brand new Cosworth CFW277 steering wheel dash display
and twin wishbone pushrod suspension (see full specification
Jonathan Palmer said: "In recent years racing drivers in the UK
wishing to start a single seater career have not had the car or
series they really wanted and we set out to address this with the
BRDC F4 Championship. However, we were determined to provide not
just a low cost single seater, but a great car in its own
"Teams liked the original F4 concept and specification. All 24
cars were sold within a month of its launch in September last year.
Those teams, and indeed drivers, have waited patiently for our MSV
F4-013 car to be revealed and I have no doubt they will be as
thrilled as I am with the result. Ralph Firman Racing, working with
our own MSV engineers, has produced a truly remarkable car that
sets new standards. Never before has such a sophisticated single
seater been available at such a low price.
"The stage is set for the BRDC F4 Championship to be an
outstanding success and one that will produce the Jenson Buttons
and Lewis Hamiltons of the future."
Derek Warwick added: "The BRDC Formula 4 Championship gives us
exactly what our sport is missing; reliability, slicks, wings, good
horsepower and affordability. Most young drivers want to gain the
right experience as quickly as possible before moving up the racing
ladder and this is why the BRDC is backing F4 and MSV."
All 24 F4 cars have already been sold to 14 teams and privateers
ahead of the first rounds which take place at the Silverstone Grand
Prix circuit in April. The first cars will be delivered to teams at
the end of January based on the order in which they were
For more information on the BRDC Formula 4 Championship visit www.formula4.com.