The car: 2010 Firman Cars F1000

Formula 1000 single seater race car specification

Conceived to incorporate the latest in aerodynamic and mechanical design thinking, the Firman Cars F1000 car was immediately a winner, also setting a new lap record from pole position in its debut race. Now available with the more powerful GSXR K9 Suzuki engine, with an Firman Cars developed dry sump system, the car is set to dominate the class during 2010.

Chassis Multi-tubular stepped spaceframe chassis fabricated in 4130 chrome-moly steel incorporating a high specification bonded and riveted aluminium undertray. The chassis has been designed to comply with the FIA crash test requirements for 2009.
Nose structure Complies with the Formula Ford SCCA regulations.
Front suspension Triangulated upper and lower wishbones in rolled steel aerofoil section with aluminium front uprights incorporating 50 mm ID double angular contact bearings. Pushrod suspension operating through aluminium rockers to the dampers. Blade adjustable anti-roll bars. (Upper wishbones and uprights are non-handed.)
Rear suspension Triangulated upper and lower wishbones in rolled steel aerofoil section with aluminium rear uprights incorporating 50 mm ID double angular contact bearings. Pushrod suspension operating through aluminium rockers to the dampers. Blade adjustable anti-roll bars. (Upper wishbones are non-handed.)
Steering High ratio bespoke T-rack and pinion unit which allows a direct one-piece collapsible steering column designed to comply with the current FIA F3 specification.
Brakes
  • 4-pot AP Racing callipers acting on 265 mm diameter ventilated discs, front and rear.
  • Cockpit adjustable brake balance bar.
Cooling One aluminium water radiator and one 36 row aluminium oil cooler located and ducted in the side pods.
Dampers Bilstein racing dampers valved in bump and rebound, utilising 36mm ID springs.
Fuel system 33 litre capacity ATL fuel cell incorporating an internal high pressure fuel pump which is wired through the ECU so isolating the pump when the engine is stopped. The fuel cell complies with FT3-1999.
Drive train Drive from the differential is via 4 tripot joints and 2 bespoke driveshafts.
Wheels / tyres
  • Front rim: 8 in x 13 in diameter one-piece magnesium by OZ racing.
  • Rear rim: 10 in x 13 in diameter one piece magnesium by OZ racing.
  • Tyres: Goodyear, Hoosier, Cooper-Avon etc. slicks and/or wet weather race tyres.
Instrumentation Digital AIM dash integrated into the steering wheel.
Bodywork 12 piece colour impregnated GRP in a full range of colours.
Aerodynamics
  • Front: one piece composite anhedral front wing with adjustable flaps, shoes and end-plates.
  • Stepped floor bib with sidepod aero funnels and covers.
  • Rear: adjustable 3-element aluminium wing structure using FIA F3 profiles complemented by a diffuser.
Other safety
  • 6-point safety harness.
  • 2.25 litre on-board fully plumbed electrically operated Lifeline fire protection system.
  • Varley red top dry cell battery.
  • Head protection moulding compatible with Hans device.
  • Detachable roll-over hoop designed to comply with current FIA F3 safety regulations.
Engine Suzuki GSX R-1000 185bhp engine with 6-speed sequential change gearbox. Includes bespoke dry-sump system, standard specification ECU, remote oil tank and stainless steel 4 into 2 into 1 racing exhaust system.
Options
  • Other engines: Honda, Kawasaki, Hayabusa.
  • Aluminium OZ rims.
  • AIM data logging system.
  • Ohlins 2-way adjustable dampers, Konis, Penskes, etc.
Related links

Ralph Firman's new Formula 1000 car is truly awesome - I tested it at Brands Hatch in the wet and it even had traction off the white lines around the circuit!

Joey Foster
Formula 3 race winner,
Formula Ford Festival winner