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2016 BRDC F4 car hits the track at Silverstone

Sunday, May 31 2015

The dazzling new 2016 BRDC F4 car hit the track for three demonstration laps at Silverstone on Sunday (31 May), as fans got their first glance of the Tatuus-Cosworth MSV F4-016 car in action.

Following the conclusion of the second BRDC F4 race of the weekend at the Northamptonshire track, Lotus F1 Team Third and Reserve Driver Jolyon Palmer got behind the wheel of the new machine and wowed the watching crowds with his display.

The 2016 BRDC F4 car was unveiled in the Silverstone Wing on Saturday (31 May) by MSV Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer. The new car is based on the Tatuus FIA F4 car with a significant package of enhancements, which lift the performance of the car well above the current BRDC F4 single-seater as well as FIA F4 and MSA Formula, to make 2016 BRDC F4 a logical feeder to F3 and GP3.

Following extensive private testing, the Tatuus-Cosworth MSV F4-016 broke cover on the 3.660-mile Grand Prix Circuit in the hands of Jolyon Palmer and was put through its paces. Both those in the stands and the pit-lane were treated to the roaring sound of the new Cosworth 230bhp 4 cylinder normally aspirated engine with the aerodynamic performance visibly clear as it handled the wet track.

Jolyon Palmer, after stepping from the car, said: "The new car felt like a great step up from the current BRDC F4 car. There is noticeably more power and the delivery is much crisper. The conditions weren't great on track but, even with that considered, the grip level was very high. I could immediately feel the improved performance of the brakes and aerodynamic package too."

Series promoter MSV has already sold 24 of the initial order of 26 cars to existing teams in the championship. The Tatuus-Cosworth MSV F4-016 will be raced in the 2016 main championship, following its Autumn Trophy debut, and for at least four years subsequently with a maximum of 30 cars permitted to enter in 2016.

To view a gallery of images of the demonstration laps, click here.