Ford today unveiled its new 2012-specification Formula Ford car to visitors at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with the new car set to be initially introduced into the 2012 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain.

The new-generation machine will use a production-based 1.6litre Ford EcoBoost turbocharged engine and a six-speed sequential gearbox. The all-new design is the first tubular steel single seater to meet the latest FIA safety regulations and will be the safest Formula Ford incarnation yet, featuring front and rear carbon crash structures, side intrusion panels, FIA specification head restraint system, wheel tethers and an FIA removable seat.

Motorsport Manager for Ford Europe, Mike Norton, said: “The 2012 specification car's FIA approved safety attributes, powerful Ford EcoBoost engine and striking kinetic design, make for a really appealing proposition for race teams and drivers. Formula Ford is already well-known as the perfect proving ground for up-and-coming drivers and engineers, and it is Ford's desire to continue nurturing this by supporting teams and manufacturers across the globe with the safest environment, latest technologies and most attractive packages. Formula Ford is in its 44th consecutive year and remains a very popular choice for drivers around the world. Many Formula Ford drivers have gone onto careers in Formula 1. This is a great compliment to Formula Ford and we are at Ford proud of this achievement.”