Formula Ford has its origins in the late 1960s, the first standalone race taking place at Brands Hatch on 2 July 1967. The class was an immediate success and rapidly spread throughout the world. For many years Formula Fords were powered by the Ford Kent Crossflow engine but most national championship series throughout the world eventually switched to the more modern Duratec engines.
In many countries, the Kent engined cars were not abandoned but continued to race in regional series. This is the case in South Africa where they compete in the Northern Regions Regional Championship.
The newer Duratec powered cars are now used in the Formula 1600 National Championship. The addition of front and rear wings, and revised side pods to the cars has changed not just their appearance, but also their handling characteristics and will make for an interesting 2017 season.
In addition to the new cars, 2017 sees the advent of serious prize money for the top three in the Investchem Formula 1600 powered by Ford Championship. The winner will receive R250 000.00 plus a tests in a Formula Renault car and one of the Afrix A1GP cars. The runner up will receive R125 000.00 while the third placed driver will take home R62 500.00.
Formula Ford Kent
Round 1 – Zwartkops Raceway – 04 March 2017
Formula 1600 Powered by Ford
Round 1 – Killarney Raceway – 25 March 2017
Dewald Brummer (4 – MAD Racing / Ango Trucks / Fuchs Oils) used the qualifying session at Zwartkops Raceway to clinch the Investchem Formula Ford championship title. Just a single point – that for the fastest qualifying time – was all he needed on the final race...read more
The final race day for the Investchem Formula Ford racers have arrived. The showdown takes place at Zwartkops Raceway on Saturday, November 2, with two races left in the championship decider. Title hopefuls Dewald Brummer (4 – MAD Racing / Ango Trucks / Fuchs Oils)...read more
All eyes will be on the final round of the Investchem Formula Ford championship after the Kyalami round failed to deliver a decisive result this weekend. Dewald Brummer (4 - MAD Racing / Ango Trucks / Fuchs Oils) and Julian van der Watt (42 - Race Driver SA /...read more
After a break of three-and-a-half months the Investchem Formula Ford Kent drivers return to the track when the opening round of the 2017 championship takes place at Zwartkops Raceway on Saturday, 4 March. At least a dozen cars are expected to line up on the grid with...read more
Dean Venter (Turnfab Engineering / Manitou Swift) did everything he could at Red Star on Saturday, 19 November, taking pole position, both race wins and setting the fastest lap time of the day, but it wasn’t enough to deny Andrew Horne (Xena Chemicals / Budd Power...read more
Andrew Horne (Xena Chemicals / Budd Power Royale RP31) needs just a single point at the final round of the Investchem Formula Ford Kent championship, which takes place at Red Star Raceway outside Delmas on Saturday, 19 November, to wrap up the 2016 title. The only...read more