Experienced single-seater driver and British GT racer, Alexander Sims recently tested the new-for-2016 BRDC Formula 4 car. The Tatuus-Cosworth MSV F4-016 will make its debut in this years Autumn Trophy with the first few already being delivered to teams.
Sims recently took to the Snetterton track where he compared the car to his time in European Formula 3, a series that BRDC F4 is hoping to feed into.
“It is clearly a step up in terms of performance, power and aero grip,” explained Sims, who has driven the previous Ralph Firman Racing-designed BRDC F4 car on a number of occasions. “The mechanical grip feels fairly similar, but you would expect that with the same Pirelli tyres. It feels very well-balanced and I was very impressed with the aero grip of the car,”
“The first turn at Snetterton (Riches) and Coram in the new car are confidence inspiring. It is not quite a Formula 3 level of grip but it is very close,”
“It’s at a level where someone with a strong karting background will be able to get to grips with it over a winter of testing. I think it is pitched high enough that the good drivers will still have enough a good challenge with it and it will take time to get on top of,”
As the first team to sign up for the Autumn Trophy, the Chris Dittmann Racing team had the honour of having the first three cars delivered to their factory.
“It is fantastic to pick up our new cars, especially with it being the first three.” said owner Chris Dittmann. “They look great and we are confident we will be moving forward quickly with them as we have a full development and testing programme planned. We will complete a shakedown next week and quickly after that, will be testing on-track to improve on the base set-up of the cars.”