Ford FF1 production 'still being considered'


Ford’s road-legal single-seat track car, the FF1, is set to make its public debut in the UK at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year. And what’s more, Ford bosses are still considering making the car a production reality.

FF1 to make UK debut at Goodwood
FF1 to make UK debut at Goodwood
Originally conceived as a publicity exercise to prove the performance worth of the 1.0-litreEcoboost engine that powers it, as we learned last year the FF1 was subject to so much interest that some sort of production run was soon being talked up. And while nothing's been confirmed as yet, a Ford spokesperson told us today that a production version of the FF1 is still actively being considered.

Based around a Formula Ford chassis, the FF1 first made headlines when it set a lap time at the Nurburgring of 7min22sec, the 11th-fastest lap time ever, and quicker than a whole host of exotica. The level of interest piqued by that feat was so high that the possibility of giving the 205hp FF1 a production run, potentially of around 50 cars, has been on the cards ever since.

FF1 production is, apparently, under consideration
FF1 production is, apparently, under consideration
With the FF1 already road legal, and versions of its powerplant already in series production for use in the Fiesta and Focus, it’s not hard to envisage that production, albeit in fairly limited quantities, could be relatively achievable. The result would, in theory, be a road-legal track toy that could emulate the super-light FF1’s 100mpg fuel consumption, 150mph+ top speed and sub-four-second 0-62mph time. Ford’s already put the feelers out with its Ecoboost-powered Caterham, too – although the hope is that a production FF1’s higher state of tune would make it rather more gutsy, while the race-derived chassis would make it even more involving to drive. Would Ford actually do it? It'd be a brave move if they did, that's for sure - but just the fact they're still talking about it has us crossing our fingers.

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  • Pingman 02 Jan 2014

    PLEASE build this commercially! smile

  • CO2000 02 Apr 2013

    lgomgf said:
    Russ Bost said:
    Utterly pointless & very much doubt they'll ever make any. If they do they will probably be priced around £60-£70k, so if you actually want a single seat formula style car, then go buy the BAC Mono, far better built & better quality & way more performance. Alternatively go buy yourself a Furore F1, has a second seat if required, way more performance & less than half the price on the road!
    sorry but this Furore is not nice at all... you cant compare the FF1 to it, i dont care even it it has a 30k price difference.
    But with way more performance it must be good for a 6.10 lap whistle

  • lgomgf 02 Apr 2013

    Russ Bost said:
    Utterly pointless & very much doubt they'll ever make any. If they do they will probably be priced around £60-£70k, so if you actually want a single seat formula style car, then go buy the BAC Mono, far better built & better quality & way more performance. Alternatively go buy yourself a Furore F1, has a second seat if required, way more performance & less than half the price on the road!
    sorry but this Furore is not nice at all... you cant compare the FF1 to it, i dont care even it it has a 30k price difference.

  • redroadster 25 Mar 2013

    Would be very interesting to see what this car would cost to build if "mass" produced in the hundreds to thousands ,i think it could be done for less than 40 k and still make profit ,for the amount ford spends on r and d they should give this a go as the car looks sorted just needs putting into production please do it ford and show what could be done .

  • Kermit79 25 Mar 2013

    Cyrus1971 said:
    Very true ! Looks the part too.

    It is true to Ford's history and values to do this project though, perhaps higher volumes though. The Ford GT40 was a developed with all the Ford know how for a fraction of the cost in order to be a Ferrari giant slayer. Some of that spirit could be in this car if done for the road.
    Ford GT40 built with Ford know how??? Broadley was at Lola, was contracted away from Lola by Ford along with two Lola GTs forming the basis for the prototype GT40....so Ford effectively bought the know how in......a small point.

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