There are many cool cars out there, which are made by small teams, either as side projects of major manufacturers or by small brands as their main model.
Chris Harris recently drove two such cars, the Morgan Three Wheeler alongside the Caterham Seven, and now he has done it again, this time behind the wheel of the street-legal Formula Ford racing car, powered by the Blue Oval’s appreciated 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine.
With 170 hp in its street-tune, the three-cylinder unit gets a new ECU and turbocharger from the larger 1.6-liter Turbo EcoBoost unit. Of course, you know the rest – it’s very light, sharp and responsive, helped by an engine which has no trouble overpowering the featherweight body that is ridden of all luxuries.
Speaking of the engine, it really is the thing you will actually remember after watching the video – the base note is a characteristic deep warble, which gets complimented by a lot of turbo noise and a never the same wastegate sound every time you lift off the very narrow gas pedal. The noise is apparent when Harris drives the car on the road, in the first part of the video, but once he lets it loose around the ‘Ring, where he is able to maintain sustained acceleration, its full extent is revealed.
The point of this car being put into limited production in a form similar to this is brought up, and it is suggested that it would be a good idea. What do you think?
By Andrei Nedelea