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
Round five of the national Investchem Formula 1600 championship takes place at Aldo Scribante Raceway on Saturday, July 15. This is the third coastal round for the single-seater championship which has already seen them compete in Cape Town and East London. Starting...read more
The Investchem Formula 1600 championship marked the mid-point of their 2017 season at Zwartkops Raceway on Friday, June 16. This Youth Day event saw Stuart White (8 – Fantastic Racing), fresh from a round of the FFSA (Fédération Française du Sport Automobile) Formula...read more
Zwartkops Raceway marks the fourth event in the eight round Investchem Formula 1600 championship for 2017 on Friday, June 16. This event again sees Julian van der Watt (42 – Race Driver SA) take to the start line at the championship leader, now with double the points...read more
Although we have just entered the second half of the year, the 2017 Investchem Formula Ford Kent Championship is still in its early days. The competitors make their way down to Phakisa Freeway outside Welkom on Saturday, 8 July for the third round of the season which...read more
David Jermy (Jacquet Racing van Diemen) and Dean Venter (Desco SA / Manitou Swift) shared the wins at the second round of the 2017 Investchem Formula Ford championship after qualifying on the front row of the grid at Red Star Raceway on Saturday, 3 June. Almost three...read more
After a long break, the last event was back in March, the Investchem Formula Ford Kent competitors return to the track at Red Star Raceway, outside Delmas, for the second round of the 2017 championship on Saturday, 3 June. Dean Venter (Desco SA / Manitou Swift) had an...read more