The Car

  • Chassis: MIn the 2014 season, all the teams once again will rely on the know-how of experienced Italian chassis manufacturer Dallara. The chassis used are the ones of the 2012 spec that have been homologated for Formula 3 up to and including 2015. With their stepped under-floor, a crash box at both the front and the rear as well as two roll-structures, the vehicles are extremely safe. In addition, they had to pass the strict FIA crash tests, for the homologation. Nonetheless, the drivers shouldn't overdo it: even in the case of a crash resulting in a massively damaged chassis, replacing the chassis during the course of an event is interdicted. The minimum weight of the vehicle including the driver in his full racing gear and all the fluids apart from the fuel amounts to 565 kilos. The car width including the tyres mustn't exceed 1,850 mm and the minimum wheelbase amounts to 2,000 mm.
  • Power Train: The gearshifts are executed with a sequential six-speed gearbox that is built in longitudinally. The gearshifts are operated electropneumatically and activated by paddles at the steering wheel.
  • Engine: The year 2014 witnessed the beginning of a new era for Formula 3. With immediate effect, engines with a maximum capacity of 2,000 cc and direct fuel injection may be used. Series production no longer is stipulated. Engines must be normally aspirated. The horsepower output is limited by a 28 mm air restrictor (26 mm in 2013).
  • Tyres: The FIA Formula 3 European Championship single-seaters exclusively are shod with Hankooktyres (180/550 R13 front, 240/570 R13 rear), that feature a new, once again optimised structure, since the 2014 season.
  • Fuelling: The safety tanks made of rubber solely are fuelled with 102-octane fuel. Re-fuelling is interdicted during both the practice sessions and the races.
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