Formula V Air Racing

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Formula V Air Racing
Monnett Sonerai I.jpg
A Formula V Racer, the Monnett Sonerai I.

Formula V Air Racing is an American motorsport that involves small aircraft using engines up to 100 cubic inches in displacement.

History[edit]

The proposal for Formula V has its roots in the 1964 Reno Air Races.[1] In 1969, Air racer, Steve Wittman presented at the Rockford air convention of the Experimental Aircraft Association specifications for a racing event based around aircraft powered with a Volkswagen air cooled engine.[2]

Racers compete in a 1 mile x 1/2 mile wide oval course that subject the racers up to 2.2 G's

Several aircraft were capable of meeting the specifications for Formula V at its creation. Specific designs were introduced shortly after that maximized speed for the configuration.

Aircraft include:

Champions[edit]

Brian Dempsey's Sonerai I "Miss Annnapolis"

Winners of the Formula V National Championship are determined by points from the years events. Since 1995 the winner also holds The Wittman Trophy for a year.[4]

  • Steve Wittman 1977-81
  • Charles Terry 1985
  • Rick Leonard 1987-88
  • Brian Dempsey 1989-95 Sonerai "Miss Annapolis"
  • Dave Patterson 1996-97

References[edit]

  1. ^ Don Berliner (Jan 1973). "What's up with Formula V". Sport Aviation. 
  2. ^ Bill Blake (Oct 1969). "Specifications For The 100 Cubic Inch Racers". Sport Aviation. 
  3. ^ Don Berliner (Dec 1970). "WITTMAN FORMULA V FLIES!". Sport Aviation. 
  4. ^ "Formula V National Champions & Wittman Trophy". Formulav.com. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 

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