New F3 Cup engine regs expected to give major boost to entry numbers this year
Motorsport Vision Racing bosses are expecting a significant increase in entries for the F3 Cup Championship this year after altering the series’ engine regulations.
For this year the F3 Cup will feature an Open Class, which will allow drivers and teams to fit two-litre production engines into any chassis produced after January 1, 2005.
Eligible engines include the two-litre versions of Ford’s Zetec, the Vauxhall C20XE and Toyota 3SGE, which are all mass-produced road car units. Organisers will also consider other brands of two-litre four-cylinder naturally aspirated engines on a case-bycase basis, but 1000 units per year must have been produced.
The F3 Cup struggled to garner grids into the low teens last year, with a season low seven cars at Donington Park.
MSVR’S David Scott said: “One of the largest expenses for an F3 driver’s budget is engine rebuild costs, which can run into thousands of pounds. That’s a big barrier for club drivers, so allowing production engines in current F3 chassis makes the class more financially viable for some.
“The new rules have definitely increased interest and we have 21 drivers on our radar so far. The F3 Cup is Britain’s only modern F3 category now. We’re aiming to get around 16 cars and then grow the grid throughout the season.”