FIA unveils new generation Formula 3 car
The FIA has unveiled the next generation of Formula 3 car at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi.
Set to compete from 2019 to 2021 the car is a compromise between GP3 and FIA Formula 3 European Championship, sporting a 3.4-litre six cylinder Mechachrome engine which puts out 380bhp.
“I am very pleased to present the F3 2019 car which will race in the first three year cycle of the FIA Formula 3 Championship,” said Formula 2 CEO Bruno Michel.
“Our focus was to provide a safe and challenging car which will enable close racing and encourage overtaking.
“When designing this car, we also kept in mind cost effectiveness in order to limit operational costs for the teams, but also deliver an attractive package.
“I am very confident that this car which matches the FIA Formula 3 2019 safety standards will deliver great racing and provide the fans with high-quality entertainment,” he added.
“It is the perfect tool for young drivers to make their way up the motorsport ladder with the goal to graduate to Formula 2 and ultimately, hopefully, race in Formula 1.”
The new car also features a halo, which is now standard for all new open wheel machines produced for an FIA series.
“Formula 3 has a long and rich history, and to see it become a regular part of Grands Prix weekends is the start of an exciting new chapter,” said Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting.
“The category will continue to prepare and educate young drivers, giving them the best possible opportunity to achieve their ambitions.
“We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with the promoter and Formula 1, and we are proud to unveil this impressive new car alongside them.”
Shakedown testing took place in October with teams expected to have their cars delivered from January, with Australian Alex Peroni set to test one of the new generation cars.