2016 technical regulations at a glance

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In the 2015 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 specification that have been homologated for Formula 3 up to and including 2017. 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 have had to pass the strict FIA crash tests for homologation. Still, the drivers should not 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 prohibited. The minimum weight of the vehicle – including the driver in full racing gear and all the fluids apart from the fuel – amounts to 565 kilograms. The car width including the tyres must not exceed 1,850 mm and the minimum wheelbase amounts to 2,000 mm.

The gear shifts are executed with a longitudinally mounted sequential six-speed gearbox. Shifting events are electropneumatically controlled and activated by paddles on the steering wheel.

After 2014 marked the beginning of a new era for Formula 3, four-cylinder engines with a maximum cubic capacity of 2,000 cc and direct fuel injection may be used again this year. Series production is not stipulated. Engines must be normally aspirated. The horsepower output is limited by a 28 mm air restrictor (26 mm until 2013).

The FIA Formula 3 European Championship single-seaters are exclusively shod with Hankook Ventus tyres (180/550 R13 front, 240/570 R13 rear).

The safety tanks made of rubber solely are fuelled with 102-octane fuel. Re-fuelling is prohibited during both the practice sessions and the races.

Tech specs engine

Type Four-cylinder in-line, four valves per cylinder, two overhead camshafts
Capacity less than 2,000 cc
Bore 87.0 mm (+0 mm/-1 mm)
Compression Max. 15:1
Horsepower output Approx. 240 hp (177 kW)
Engine electronics Bosch MS 5.8
Fuel management Direct injection
Waste-gas cleaning Three-way catalyst
Lubrication Dry sump
Data recording Bosch WINDarab
Engine manufacturers Europe: Mercedes, VW, Oreca, NBE / Japan: Tomei, TOM‘s, Mugen, Toda

Tech specs chassis

Type Dallara F312
Manufacturer Dallara Automobili
Type Carbon fibre/Kevlar sandwich-structured monocoque, adjustable wings both at the front and the rear
Minimum weight 565 kg including driver
Wheel base 2,800 mm
Track width Front: 1,595 mm, Rear: 1,540 mm
Height 945 mm plus ride height
Width 1,845 mm including tyres
Length 4,351 mm
Suspension Front: Push-rod with twin-damper system and torsion-bar springs, Rear: Push-rod with twin-damper system and coils springs
Brakes Disc brake with internally ventilated brake discs, Brembo
Gearbox 6-speed, sequential, Hewland

Technical Regulations

Regulations FIA Formula 3 European Championship on www.fia.com