Automotive racing is a sensory feast, with a truckload of muscle thrown in. It does not matter whether or not you’re a driver or a spectator that rush of adrenaline because the vehicles swoosh previous you, the anticipated celebration because the checkered flag waves within the victors, very like folks welcoming again a victorious military, the ability of the drivers, hugging the observe whereas making inconceivable turns at demise defying speeds, it is all very thrilling and stays recent in our recollections. However what actually makes a automotive race thrilling, is the vehicles themselves, and like all expertise, race automotive engines have come a great distance.
The primary Formulation Ford race automotive used the 1500 cc Ford Cortina GT. However this engine was not made for race vehicles. It was made for Ford’s mass-market mid-sized automotive of the identical title, and suited it completely. However its four-speed guide transmission meant it may very well be pushed quick, quick sufficient for Geoffrey Clark’s college students on the British racing faculty, Motor Racing Stables. The inexperienced college students had been ruining the costlier Formulation three engines with their dangerous dealing with for lengthy sufficient.
Nevertheless, after a couple of preliminary British Formulation Ford races in 1967, the Cortina engine was overtaken by the OHV 1600 cc Ford Kent engine, initially developed for the Ford Anglia. Whereas the Anglia engine was fitted with an 80.96 mm bore and 48.41 mm stroke, the Formulation model featured an extended stroke, enormous torque and thus increased capability LT1 performance parts.
1994 noticed a turning level in Formulation Ford engines, with the Kent being changed by the extra trendy and extra highly effective 1800 cc 16-valve Zetec.
Zetec was initially a generic title given to a lot of Ford’s Inline-Four cylinder engines, launched for the 1992 mannequin yr. Nevertheless, the Formulation Zetec was a three.5 litre V8 engine, which made its first look with the Benetton crew, and powered Michael Schumacher’s first World Championship title that yr.
This resulted in a brand new class of extra highly effective Formulation Ford vehicles, though the added weight of the bigger engine made dealing with harder.
The 1600 cc Duratec engine, launched in 2006, is lighter than the Zetec, and likewise supplies extra energy, addressing each pace and weight issues. The Zetec abdicated, making the Duratec the engine of alternative in most Formulation Ford races.
Regardless of dramatic engine adjustments, the chassis of Formulation Ford vehicles proceed to not have a wing, limiting the vehicles to a mechanical grip. The vehicles additionally stay extraordinarily gentle, at about 1,000 kilos usually, enabling them to achieve high speeds of round 150 miles an hour. The sunshine weight additionally has the distinct drawback of inflicting the automotive to be flung upwards when the ahead edge of 1 tire touches a rear tire of one other automotive. And because the mechanical grip means drivers can’t depend upon aerodynamics to present them a bonus, they should persistently carry out at their optimum ranges. In spite of everything, nobody stated auto racing was simple, proper?