The new Formula 3 series car has been revealed at a press event at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
Formula 3, the series which replaces the existing GP3 series in 2019, has revealed its car for the next three years. Formula 3 has been created as a more logical step in the racing ladder, slotting in behind Formula 2, which itself is the established precursor to F1.
With this in mind, the car was designed to be a blending together of the philosophies of the existing GP3 car, as well as the existing F3 design used in the FIA European Championship. The F3 2019 will be powered by a naturally aspirated 3.4 litre 6 cylinder engine from Mechachrome, delivering 380 bhp.
According to release information, the aerodynamics were optimized to facilitate overtaking with very low ride height sensitivity and a wide range of suspension set up possibilities. The car also complies with the FIA F3 2019 safety standards which include anti intrusion panels and a steel Halo.
“We are pleased to unveil the exciting new 2019 FIA Formula 3 car here in Abu Dhabi, marking the final step in the process of bringing the FIA Formula 3 Championship onto the same platform as Formula 2 and Formula 1, which has been an important goal for the FIA.” said the FIA’s Charlie Whiting.
“This car, while more powerful and spectacular than previous iterations, will include the latest safety standards for single-seaters, in line with the developments we continue to make at the very highest levels of the sport.”
“Formula 3 has a long and rich history, and to see it become a regular part of Grands Prix weekends is the start of an exciting new chapter. The category will continue to prepare and educate young drivers, giving them the best possible opportunity to achieve their ambitions. We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with the Promoter and Formula 1®, and we are proud to unveil this impressive new car alongside them.”
The car has been shaken down already, being driven at the Magny-Cours circuit in France. Initial tests will focus on reliability, while there are three planned tests in December to focus on car performance. The cars will be delivered to teams over the first two months in 2019, with teams permitted a single car shakedown before pre-season testing begins.