The F4 Championship Story

In 2013, the The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) saw the need for an entry into open-wheel racing for graduates of disciplines such as Karting, but at a lower expense than Formula 3. This new category, Formula 4, was created to meet that need.

Since that announcement, officially sanctioned F4 Championships have appeared throughout the world, and now, we are pleased to announce the creation of the F4 United States Championship certified by FIA.

SCCA Pro Racing contracted with the FIA to sanction the F4 Championship in the United States, and earlier this year, the SCCA solicited proposals for engine, tire, and chassis partners. The SCCA’s goal was to create a competitive, exciting, and affordable series for participants.

After a thorough review, the chosen partners are: Honda (engines), Pirelli (tires), and Onroak Automotive/Crawford Composites (chassis). The  F4 United States Championship will commenced in 2016.

Each partner has committed to the F4 concept, the production and supply of homologated equipment, field support, competitive pricing, and marketing and media support.

About the F4 United States Championship

Throughout its history, both the SCCA and SCCA Pro Racing have had a desire to grow open wheel racing here in North America. Their support of the F1600, F2000, Formula Lites and Formula Atlantic programs has kept these classes at the forefront of open wheel motorsports, both at the club and pro level.

Looking ahead, the SCCA sees FIA F4 as a means to modernize entry-level open-wheel racing for participants starting at age 15, around a contemporary, cost conscious formula. The SCCA has chosen partners that embrace these ideals and can support this vision with appropriate technology and products.

The selected F4 powerplant is based on the engine currently used in the Civic® Type R® recently launched in Europe, detuned to meet FIA-mandated output of approximately 160 Hp. The engine and the ECU will be sealed to help with parity and compliance.


The F4 chassis is a modern, robust, and highly capable chassis that is conducive to exceptional performance at various engine power levels. Both the engine and chassis will meet FIA homologation requirements.

New Formula 4 tires have been developed specifically for junior single-seater racing by Pirelli engineers in Milan and incorporate learning from Pirelli’s participation in Formula One and feeder categories GP3 and GP2.