Motorsport Australia is contemplating turning Method Ford right into a one-make collection because it appears to be like to revive the nation’s motor racing pathway.
The governing physique immediately launched a lot of suggestions for Method Ford that will likely be now be assessed by means of a wide-spread survey.
The suggestions embody re-instating FF as a nationwide collection subsequent 12 months, earlier than aiming for nationwide championship standing in 2023.
That may come as a part of the introduction of a brand new single-make automobile, the event of which might be awarded by means of a young course of.
The automobile would proceed to make use of an area body quite than a monocoque and can be powered by a naturally-aspirated engine.
The acquisition value of the brand new automobile can be between $100,000 and $120,000, whereas operating prices can be just like the present FF.
Motorsport Australia can be contemplating lastly giving FF a Supercars Superlicence allocations, with six factors below the present technical regs and a transfer to 12 – only one in need of the 13 required – with the brand new automobile.
These selections have come as a part of a working group established by Motorsport Australia after years of purposely neglecting Method Ford.
The governing physique turned its again on the class a number of years in the past in a bid to get its self-promoted Method 4 class off the bottom.
Method Ford was stripped of its championship after which collection standing and was ignored by the Superlicence system when it was launched in 2016.
Nonetheless F4 proved to be a spectacular failure for Motorsport Australia, with grids by no means constantly rising past low double digits earlier than it was dumped in 2019.
FF, in the meantime, scaled its nationwide collection again to principally operating at state-level occasions, and continued to draw respectable grids regardless of the shortage of assist from the governing physique.
Seeking to revive the pathway, Motorsport Australia established the Method Ford working group consisting of Michael Smith, Trent Worth and Jamie Augustine from Motorsport Australia, Dick Johnson Racing proprietor Ryan Story, former Supercars driver Andrew Jones, famend FF staff proprietor Michael Ritter and Phil Marrinon from the Method Ford Affiliation.
In keeping with Story, who’s the Chair of Motorsport Australia’s Australian Motor Racing Fee, not one of the suggestions are last.
“Let me let you know three truths that we maintain to be self-evident,” mentioned Story in a public webinar hosted by Motorsport Australia on Tuesday.
“F4 was an unmitigated catastrophe. It did harm to the junior pathways that we had on this nation and loads of errors have been made. We acknowledge that.
“Secondly, Motorsport Australia has not supported the FFA and there is much more that we will do.
“And a 3rd and last level that I would prefer to make is that no selections have been made. We’re nonetheless in a consultative course of, we’re nonetheless in an exploratory course of.
“We have not reached any conclusions. We have merely gone by means of a really regimented course of and that is a part of a consultative course of.”
Whereas the introduction of Superlicence factors and the reinstatement of both collection or championship-status will doubtless be largely welcomed, the transfer to a single-make might show controversial.
There’s numerous current-spec Method Fords already within the nation, which boosts the prospects of larger fields quite than counting on this who fork out for the brand new automobile.
On the identical time there are legitimate questions that could possibly be requested relating to driver security with the present automobiles, in comparison with extra trendy open-wheeler designs.
In keeping with Smith an open-market Method Ford might not be viable given the class has principally died off in different components of the world.
“There’s a debate that if we have been to evolve to a brand new automobile, wouldn’t it be single-make choice, or ought to we write a set of technical rules and open it as much as the market and let a number of producers construct automobiles,” he mentioned.
“It is an fascinating level and one of many key issues that we’re eager to get suggestions on is that this very level.
“Within the days of Method Ford being in its heyday and there was racing in all European international locations, there was a lot greater markets for producers to construct and promote automobiles to.
“We’re now in a market that is bought 25 million folks, so we have to take that into our issues.
“However we have to guarantee that no matter choice we land on goes to offer the most effective end result for the class shifting ahead. And that features what the monetary implications is likely to be, but additionally ensuring that we proceed to assist the native motorsport trade right here in Australia.”
Triple Eight is known to be working by itself junior open-wheeler system that would feasibly be thought of as the brand new Method Ford.