Japanese high-performance and motorsport tyre manufacturer, Yokohama, has been selected as control tyres for a brand new UK race series.
The BRDC Formula 4 series, based on identical ‘slicks and wings’ single-seat race cars, will use Yokohama dry slick and moulded wet tyres throughout the inaugural 2013 season.
Launched today at the Autosport international Show in Birmingham, the series is run by the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) and will be managed by MSV, the company founded by former Formula One driver, Dr Jonathan Palmer.
The series is based on 24 identical cars — all have been sold for the new season, guaranteeing a full grid — designed and built by RFR, founded by Ralph Firman, who also created the legendary Van Dieman operation.
All will be built to an identical specification, use sealed engines and transmissions yet allow the individual teams and drivers a wide range of set-up possibilities, including front and rear suspension geometry.
The engines are Ford Duratec units, supplied by renowned specialist Cosworth, mated to paddle-shift Sadev developed transmissions. With power of 185bhp and low weight, they will provide an exciting yet cost-effective first step into the world of single seater racing.
Following its long-standing relationship with MSV, Yokohama has been selected to provide the tyres for the series, which will feature three races over each of the eight race weekends. Each team will be allowed unlimited wet tyres but just four dry slicks for each weekend.
The tyres will be from the Yokohama A005 dry and A006 wet ranges, sized 200/50×13 for the front and 240/45×13 rear. The UK distributor, Yokohama HPT, will service the series, including distributing tyres and providing technical support at every round of the series, which visits some of the UK’s most famous circuits, including Silverstone and Brands Hatch.
“We’re delighted to be involved in the new BRDC Formula 4 Championship,” Mark Evans, Yokohama HPT head of motorsport, said. “We know it’s going to be a great success and a fantastic stepping stone for young aspiring drivers. Using all our previous experience in this area, and in keeping with the cost-effective approach of the series, we’ve opted for a tyre that can offer both optimum performance and durability.
“Production of the tyres began in November with an extensive testing programme taking place early next year. Throughout the season, Yokohama will, of course, be offering full technical support with a dedicated team attending all race weekends and official test days.”
The new was also welcomed by Giles Butterfield, group operations and engineering manager for MSV.
“Given Yokohama’s pedigree as an international tyre supplier, we had no hesitation in selecting them for the new BRDC F4 Championship,” Butterfield said. “They’ve been able to deliver us a tyre that is not only very hard-wearing but also able to get the best out of the car which will no doubt lead to some great, close racing.”
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