Formula Vee


Formula Vee

Formula Vee is a popular single-seater junior motor racing formula, with relatively low-costs in comparison to Formula Ford or Formula BMW.

The class is based on a 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.

Primarily a class in the Sports Car Club of America many other organizations have adopted the Formula Vee as a class. Over the years, the rules have evolved to improve performance, lower cost, or to allow replacement of discontinued parts.

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.

A top-running Formula Vee will go 120 mph (190 km/h) and corner at about 1.6 g. It weighs a minimum of 1,025 pounds (465 kg) with driver [http://www.scca.org/contentpage.aspx?content=44 (SCCA GCR 2008 specs)] .

Each year, FV is one of the classes at the SCCA Runoffs(TM), which awards a National Championship.

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

A related category, Formula Super Vee, evolved, using the water-cooled 1.6 litre VW four-cylinder engine in higher-tech and faster cars that initially drew much from Formula Ford practice, but later started to bear more kinship to Formula Three or Formula Atlantic chassis. This was successful in Europe for a while, but much more popular in the USA where it ran until the late 1980s.

External links

* [http://www.formulaveeracing.org formulaveeracing.org(US)]
* [http://www.formulavee.org formulavee.org (US)]
* [http://www.formulavee.us formulavee.us(US)]
*http://www.formulavee.ie
* [http://www.fvee.org.au Australian Formula Vee Web Site]
* [http://www.formulafirst.co.nz New Zealand Formula First (nee Formula Vee)]
* [http://www.veecentre.com Formula Vee (UK)]
* [http://www.750mc.co.uk 750 Motor Club (UK organising club)]
* [http://www.formula1200.com Formula 1200 - Canada]
* [http://dmoz.org/Regional/Oceania/Australia/Recreation_and_Sports/Motoring/Motorsport/Formula_Vee/ Category at ODP]
* [http://www.formulaveesa.org.za Formula Vee South Africa]


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