French constructor Mygale is among the first wave of manufacturers planning to build cars for the FIA’s new Formula 4 single-seater category.
The FIA has finalized plans for a new formula in 2014, designed to simplify the ladder to Formula 1. Constructors have until the end of August to submit formal proposals to homologate cars. These can either be new designs, or existing cars adapted to the new FIA rules.
From 2014, the registration process will run from January to the end of March, during which time the first batch of F4 cars will be homologated. Designs registered in ’14 will be homologated for the following year.
The promoters of individual FIA F4 series will have to stipulate a single engine, but the category will be open to multiple makes of chassis. Mygale has produced a concept car for the new regulations, which require a carbon-monocoque chassis conforming to the latest FIA Formula 3 safety standards.
Mygale boss Bertrand Decoster said his marque believes in the power of the FIA to rationalise junior single-seater racing.
“The big idea is globalization, because at the moment our sport is too complex,” Decoster said. “If you are a kid from Asia, Germany, the UK, United States, it is a complex thing at the moment to know where you can start off in racing.
“It’s a completely new project for us and a huge opportunity to be part of a global organization, which has the authority and legitimacy to globalize junior single-seaters. If anybody can do it, it’s the FIA. Under its umbrella, I would expect F4 to be successful.”
French constructor Signatech and Italian firms Dallara and Tatuus are also drawing up proposals.
Single Seater Commission president Gerhard Berger presented Mygale’s concept at last week’s FIA Sport Conference Week at Goodwood. He said the FIA would approve chassis at the end of September.
“To my knowledge, Mygale is working on the concept, along with Dallara, Signatech and Tatuus,” Berger said. “They are totally new cars too, not the existing cars from Formel Masters or Renault 1600.
“We knew we were going to get interest because it’s an important step of the single-seater ladder, one that isn’t working so well at the moment.”