HILLSPEED WELCOMES ARRIVAL OF 'GAME CHANGING' NEW BRDC F4 RACE CAR
Championship winning single-seater team Hillspeed has warmly welcomed the arrival of the latest generation BRDC Formula 4 Championship car, which was officially unveiled to invited guests and media at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit over the weekend.
Having been centrally involved in the initial discussions regarding the replacement of the existing BRDC F4 chassis, Hillspeed team principal Richard Ollerenshaw says the new Tatuus-Cosworth MSV F4-016, which will make its competitive track debut in this November’s Autumn Trophy, will be a real ‘game changer’ for the UK single-seater scene.
Firmly establishing BRDC F4 as the prime British feeder series to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship and Formula One support category GP3, drivers 16-years-of-age and older will be permitted to race in the MotorSport Vision-run series as is currently the case.
“The new BRDC F4 car looks and sounds absolutely fantastic, it’s a tremendous step forward for the championship and we’re delighted MSV listened to all of the suggestions Hillspeed put forward during initial discussions”, said Ollerenshaw.
“What has been produced has surpassed all of our expectations and getting the car out there now, well ahead of the Autumn Cup, ensures that it will run straight out of the box with the exceptional reliability we have enjoyed with the existing car.”
Constructed by renowned Italian manufacturer Tatuus, the new car is based on the global FIA Formula 4 blueprint but, unlike the F4 categories which target drivers as young as 15-years-of-age, the BRDC F4 variant will be powered by a normally aspirated Cosworth engine producing 230bhp.
Setting the championship apart from the more ‘junior’ MSA Formula category in the UK with its substantially greater performance, the BRDC F4 car is also 45kg lighter. Along with a Sadev six-speed paddle shift gearbox, key features also include limited slip differential, AP four-pot front brakes, Pirelli tyres and high downforce aerodynamics.
“From our many years in Formula Renault we know the quality of car Tatuus produces and this new F4 car will perfectly fill the gap in the market in the UK, especially with the performance level – it really is a game changer for British motorsport”, added Ollerenshaw.
“Since the inception of BRDC F4 we’ve been strong advocates of what MSV has done with its single-seater programme and we’re delighted to put our full support behind Jonathan Palmer and the organising team with the direction they’ve taken.”
Hillspeed, which currently fields a capacity three car team in the BRDC Formula 4 Championship, is already talking to drivers for the upcoming Autumn Trophy which will mark the full race debut of the Tatuus F4-016.
Competitors interested in discussing the options for November’s eight-round series, or indeed for the main 2016 season, are invited to get in touch with Hillspeed’s Richard Ollerenshaw on:
Office: +44 (0)1433 650400
Mobile: +44 (0)7966 650400