Ford has confirmed that it is considering a road-legal version of its Formula Ford race car. If given the green light, the Ariel Atom rival would be based on the 1.0L Formula Ford that recently lapped the Nurburgring in 7 minutes, 22 seconds.
A Ford spokesman confirmed to Autocar on the sidelines of the 2012 Paris Motor Show that it is seriously considering giving the production nod to the three-cylinder open wheeler. It was widely speculated that Ford was mulling a road-going version of the 1.0L race car as it made its track debut equipped with lights, a horn and even a speedometer.
If the Formula Ford ultimately comes to market, the one-seater will carry a price tag "under £50k", or about $80,000. The car will also be limited to a production run between 20 and 40 units.
The spokesman says discussions are moving “positively”, but no time frame was given for when a final ruling might be handed down.
Unfortunately for those living in the U.S., our rules and regulations will prevent the Formula Ford from ever being sold on these shores – assuming the car makes the transition to production.