The History of FF1600
Formula Ford 1600 is a truly legendary single-seater series, powered by the enduring 1600cc Kent engine
In the 50 years since its inception it has seen the likes of celebrated Formula One drivers Ayrton Senna, David Coulthard, Jenson Button, Mark Webber and Eddie Irvine learn and develop the skills which would help them have such successful careers in F1.
There is a strong connection with American racing as Gil de Ferran (CART, Indycar & IRL legend), Dancia Patrick (ground-breaking Indycar winner & Nascar entrant) and Josef Newgarden (current Indycar racer & 2017 Indycar champion) have all benefited from racing in FF1600.
Other notable members of the FF1600 Alumni include Anthony Davidson, Mike Conway and Jan Magnussen along with those who have established themselves in Formula Ford history such as Tommy Byrne, current FF1600 National team bosses Cliff Dempsey and Bernard Dolan, plus double Formula Ford Championship and double Festival winner Niall Murray.
The more popular marques of the series are Van Diemen, Mygale and the Australian- built Spectrum. However you will also find cars by smaller manufacturers Ray and Vector. As well as being a great training ground for drivers there are also historical designers who have made their mark including Lotus, Swift, Reynard, Cooper Racing and Titan.
For over 50 years this has proved to be the ideal training ground for young drivers looking to progress up the motorsport career ladder and it still is.