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 1600 Powered by Ford
Round 7 – Killarney – 9 September 2017
Formula Ford Kent
Round 5 – Zwartkops – 16 September 2017
In a surprise outcome at round six of the Investchem Formula 1600 championship on Saturday, Stuart White (8 - Fantastic Racing) claimed victory at Zwartkops Raceway ahead of the championship leader, Julian van der Watt (42 - Race Driver SA). Until this event, Van der...read more
The Investchem Formula 1600 championship reaches round six on Saturday, August 12, when the competitors assemble at Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria. There are just three rounds left this season and now every lap, every point, every advantage counts. When it comes to the...read more
The challenge for the Investchem Formula 1600 field when arriving at Port Elizabeth was to master the short race track which doesn't offer much opportunity for overtaking while still being a rather technical challenge, demanding concentration from the drivers....read more
David Jermy and Jeff Gable claimed a race win apiece in their Jacquet Racing van Diemens when they made their way down to Dezzi Raceway on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast for the fourth round of the 2017 Investchem Formula Ford Kent championship on Saturday, 5 August....read more
The Investchem Formula Ford Kent Championship reaches the mid-point of the 2017 season on Saturday, 5 August when the competitors make their way down to Dezzi Raceway on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast. After almost taking a full-house of points last time out at...read more
Dean Venter (Desco SA / Manitou Swift) took two hard-fought wins at the third round of the 2017 Investchem Formula Ford championship to extend his championship lead. The event, held on Saturday, 8 July at Phakisa Freeway, formed part of the Freeze State Single Seater...read more