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 2 – Phakisa Freeway – 29 April 2017
Formula 1600 Powered by Ford
Round 1 – Killarney Raceway – 25 March 2017
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
There are just two rounds of the Investchem Formula Ford championship left to run in 2016. The penultimate round for the year takes place at Kyalami in Johannesburg on Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23. One race will take place on each day, creating a great deal...read more
The Investchem Formula Ford championship took to Killarney Raceway in Cape Town to decide the winner of the sixth round of their 2016 championship. The duel for the top spot has been running all year between Dewald Brummer (4 - MAD Racing / Ango Trucks / Fuchs Oils)...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
Ian Schofield (Investchem Mygale) had his best race weekend of the season at the seventh round of the 2016 Investchem Formula Ford Kent Championship at Zwartkops on Saturday, 8 October. The former champion claimed two had fought wins while Dean Venter’s (Turnfab...read more
The penultimate round of the 2016 Investchem Formula Ford Kent championship takes place at Zwartkops Raceway on Saturday, 8 October. When the series was last at Zwartkops, back at the beginning of April, Dean Venter (Turnfab Engineering / Manitou Group Swift) had a...read more