ThreeBond focuses on British Formula 3 for 2014 season
|By Marcus Simmons||Monday, February 17th 2014, 13:41 GMT|
The Japanese ThreeBond engine project is to be focused on the British Formula 3 International Series this year.
While ThreeBond and engine tuner Tomei are working on a powerplant for the new F3 engine rules, AUTOSPORT understands that it is not likely to appear in competition until late summer at the earliest.
ThreeBond's existing engine, built around a Nissan block, remains eligible for British F3, which is sticking with the older-spec powerplants this season.
It scored podium finishes with T-Sport driver Alexander Sims last season, claimed fourth in the Macau Grand Prix (again with Sims) and was driven almost to victory in a British F3 one-off at the Nurburgring by Spike Goddard, who lost the lead at the last corner of the race.
T-Sport says it is ready to run the engine in a Dallara F312 in British F3 this season.
Technical director Alan Woodhead said: "Look at the facts of it: the package was able to run at the front of the European grid, so there's absolutely no reason why it shouldn't be competitive in Britain."
Woodhead added that T-Sport hopes to run the new ThreeBond engine alongside its brace of Neil Brown Engineering-powered cars in the F3 European Championship when it comes on stream.
"We've had a relationship with them for the past two years and we want to carry on with that," he said.