Formula Vee

Olympic Formula Vee racing at Nürburgring in 1969
2008 Formula Vee 45th Birthday Party at Roebling Road Raceway

Formula Vee (Formula Fau Vee in Brazil and Germany) or Formula Volkswagen is a popular open wheel, single-seater junior motor racing formula, with relatively low costs in comparison to Formula Ford or Formula BMW.

On the international stage, Niki Lauda, Emerson Fittipaldi, Nelson Piquet and Keke Rosberg, all Formula 1 champions, raced Formula Vees in Europe or America at the beginning of their careers. In Australia, V8 Supercar drivers Larry Perkins, Colin Bond, John Blanchard, John Bowe, Jason Bargwanna and Paul Stokell were also racers in Formula Vee.

Formula First, raced in the US and New Zealand, employs the same chassis, but with upgraded motor, brakes and steering.

Description

The class is based on a pre-1963 Volkswagen Beetle, utilizing a collection of the stock parts to form a competitive race car around a purpose-built tube frame and racing tires. The VW engine, transmission, front suspension, brakes and wheels are stock or modified stock parts. The chassis is a tube frame design and the body is fiberglass or carbon fiber. The intention of this class is for the average person to build and maintain the car.

2004 SCCA National Championships Runoffs Winner Jeff Loughead

Over the years, the rules have evolved to improve performance, lower cost, or to allow replacement of discontinued parts. In 2003, Grassroots Motorsports presented Formula Vee with the Editors' Choice Award.[1]

A top-running Formula Vee will go 190 km/h (120 mph) and corner at about 1.6 g. It weighs a minimum of 465 kg (1,025 lb) with driver or 500 kg (1,100 lb) with driver as raced in the Australian 1,600 cc (98 cu in) specification.[2][3]

In 2008, a brand new ready-to-race car would cost about US$15,000. The car could be bought as a kit for about US$8,000, minus the Volkswagen parts. It costs approximately US$700 per race to maintain.

Each year, Formula Vee is one of the classes at the SCCA Runoffs, which awards a national championship. While it is primarily a class in the Sports Car Club of America, many other organizations have adopted the Formula Vee as a class.

Variants

Variants of the Formula Vee rules exist in the Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Germany and New Zealand.

Particularly notable is Formula First, raced in the US and New Zealand, which employs the same chassis, but with later model Beetle parts, a larger 1,600 cc (98 cu in) motor (New Zealand uses the 1,200 cc [73 cu in] variant) and other upgraded components such as disc brakes rack and pinion steering.[citation needed]

(Formula Super Vee, although initially similar, soon moved to water-cooled 1.6-litre (98 cu in) VW four-cylinder engines for higher-tech and faster cars).

SCCA Runoffs Winners

Year Driver Car
1964 United States Lewis Kerr
1965 United States Beach 5
1966 United States Bill Campbell Zink
1967 United States Bill Campbell Zink
1968 United States Bill Scott Zink
1969 United States Bill Scott Zink
1970 United States Zink
1971 United States Lynx
1972 United States Autodynamics
1973 United States Zink
1974 Canada Harry MacDonald Lynx
1975 United States Lynx B
1976 United States Agitator
1977 United States Lynx B
1978 United States
1979 United States Wayne Moore Zink
1980 United States Wayne Moore Zink Z12.5
1981 United States
1982 United States Bill Noble Caracal
1983 United States Zink Z12
1984 United States Zink Z12
1985 United States Citation 85V
1986 United States Caracal D
1987 United States Stevan Davis †
1988 United States Caracal D
1989 United States Bill Noble Caracal C
1990 United States Bill Noble Caracal C
1991 United States Mysterian
1992 United States Stevan Davis
1993 United States Bill Noble Caracal C
1994 United States Bill Noble Caracal C
1995 United States Jon Adams
1996 United States Jaques Lazier Mysterian M2
1997 United States Caracal D
1998 United States Protoform
1999 United States Mysterian M2
2000 United States Mysterian M2
2001 United States Vortech
2002 United States Vortech
2003 United States Vortech
2004 United States Vortech
2005 United States Vortech
2006 United States Vortech
2007 United States Vortech
2008 United States Vortech
2009 United States
2010 United States VDF
2011 United States Mysterian M2
2012 United States
2013 United States
2014 United States VDF
2015 United States
2016 United States
2017 United States
2018 United States
2019 United States Protoform P2
2020 United States Vortech


Michael Varacins has the most titles with seven.

† Denotes President's Cup Winner

List of Formula Vee championships and Events

Country Series/Event Name Active Years Additional Information
Australia Australia 1965–present
 Canada 1965–present
2015–present Also competes in the United States of America.
2013–2014 Also competed in the United States of America. This series became the Challenge Cup Series.
Republic of Ireland Ireland Unknown-present
New Zealand New Zealand Unknown-present
South Africa South Africa Formula Volkswagen South Africa Championship 2008–2013
 United Kingdom 1967–present
1979–present
 United States Formula Vee at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs 1964–present Oldest Formula Vee event in the world.
2015–present Also competes in the Canada.
Unknown-present
2013–2014 Also competed in Canada. This series became the Challenge Cup Series.

See also

External links

References

  1. ^ http://www.grassrootsmotorsports.com
  2. ^ (SCCA GCR 2010 specs) Archived 2008-05-31 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-04-28. Retrieved 2013-07-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)