Norfolk-based Sinter have unveiled their new Formula Ford chassis, the first British-designed chassis for the new EcoBoost era. The new chassis is taking shape in the workshops of Southern International with design input from the Caterham F1 team.
The Sinter was developed by Lindsay Allen and his Fluid Motorsports Development team are hoping to field three of the new cars in the 2012 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain and Formula Ford Eurocup.
The first computer images of the new machine have been unveiled and the first example of the machine is hoped to be running by early next month. French constructor Mygale have also been developing a new car, which can be seen on the BRSCC stand at the Autosport International Show this weekend.
Allen said: “It's 100 per cent new. Our designer Sam Owen and I started work on it 18 months ago, from scratch, we have been helped enormously by our technical partnership with Caterham F1, whose technicians have designed the bodywork.
“Hopefully the Sinter will be running by the end of January or early February, and we are all very excited about its prospects. The introduction of the new technical regulations and the new EcoBoost power unit has levelled the Formula Ford playing field for everyone and it's a good time to be launching a new chassis. The last thing that anyone here wanted was for Formula Ford to become a one-chassis series.”
Sam Roach of RacingLine, the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain promoter, commented: “It looks like being an exciting addition to the championship; I am sure that with expertise of Lindsay and his team at Southern International that the Sinter will be a front-running proposition.
“Freedom of chassis design has driven Formula Ford since the inception of the category in 1967. Only Formula 3 and Formula 1 offer the same levels of freedom, which help drive technical standards to exceptionally high levels. The different implications of car set-up and each individual chassis variation create a steep learning curve for drivers, helping to accelerate the development of their abilities.”