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History
In 1967 the first Formula Ford race was run, by the mid 1970's the category was well established, rules and regulations had been formalised and the 1600cc Ford Kent engine in strict state of tune had been adopted.

The popularity and success of the category continued to grow, when in 1993 the Ford Motor Company decided an update was necessary and the Ford Zetec engine was phased in, replacing the aging Kent engine.

Although the rest of the technical regulations changed little, the demands of increased power and grip accelerated chassis development and many of the popular smaller manufacturers stopped producing cars.

The Zetec revolution was not embraced by all, as many Club racers preferred the familiarity of the Kent engine and many of the modern chassis were adapted to fit the older power plant.

The Zetec era lasted for 12 years until the Duratec engine was introduced in 2006. Perhaps the most radical changes to the category are still to come, as from 2012 a small capacity turbo charged engine will be introduced along with a sequential gear box.
Formula Ford Zetec Champions
1993 - 2005
1993
Russel Ingall
1994
Jason Watt
1995
Bas Leinders
1996
Kristian Kolby
1997
Jacky van der Ende
1998
Jenson Button
1999
Nicolas Kiesa
2000
James Courtney
2001
Robert Dahlgren
2002
Westley Barber
2003
Tom Kimber-Smith
2004
Valle Makela
Van Diemen
Vector
Swift
Van Diemen
Van Diemen
Mygale
Mygale
Van Diemen
Van Diemen
Van Diemen
Van Diemen
Van Diemen
...many Kent cars were simpler and built by smaller companies such as this Swift '92
...many early Zetec's were converted to run Kent engines like this Jamun M97
...early Zetec's were a development of the later Kent cars, like this Van Diemen RF95
...chassis developved quickly, Ray GR2002
UK Formula Ford Championship Results 1993 - 2003
Formula Ford Zetec
Results Archive
Formula Ford Festival Results 1993 - 2005
...the Van Diemen RF02 chassis is basically the same chassis used today in the Duratec era!
1700
2005
Charlie Donnelly
Mygale