Formula Ford racer through London
TG suggested Ford make a road-legal version of its racer and let us drive it on real streets. They did…
Posted: 10 Dec 2012
Twenty minutes down the road, grab a quarter-pounder, make a couple of ‘light bite' jokes. But I have the orientation skills of a forgetful jellyfish, and the FF has no satnav (or, indeed, an interior of any sort, save for a walkie-talkie gaffer-taped to one of the spaceframe tubes by my left arm, officially making this the most luxurious FF in existence. Titanium spec, if you will). So now I am lost, flailing haplessly through a corner of London populated by pound shops and non-ironic pie 'n' eel vendors, soon to be murdered by a bus.
On these sodden streets, every twitch of the throttle kicks out the FF's rear, torque overwhelming its cut-slick tyres. No surprise: this thing packs a tiny, vicious punch. While standard, track-spec Formula Ford racers use the Blue Oval's version of the FIA's 1.6-litre turbo ‘global engine', making around 160bhp, this road-legal headcase is fitted with Ford's 1.0-litre three-cylinder, the current World Engine of the Year and one we have very much admired in 123bhp form in the Focus for its smoothness and refinement, though not necessarily its searing pace.