Formula Vee

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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 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.

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.

2010 SCCA National Championships Runoffs winner

While it is 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 2003, Grassroots Motorsports presented Formula Vee with the Editors' Choice Award. [1]

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 or 500kg with driver as raced in the Australian 1600cc specification.[2][3]Each year, Formula Vee is one of the classes at the SCCA Runoffs, which awards a National Championship. Variants of the Formula Vee rules exist in the Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Germany and New Zealand - including Formula First in the USA and New Zealand which employs the same chassis, but with later model Beetle parts, a larger 1600cc motor and other upgraded components such as disc brakes rack and pinion steering.

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

SCCA Runoffs Winners[edit]

2001 Brad Stout

2002 Brad Stout

2003 Stephen Oseth

2004 Jeff Loughead

2005 Brad Stout

2006 Stephen Oseth

2007 Stephen Oseth

2008 Brad Stout

2009 Michael Varacins

2010 Rick Shields

2011 Roger Siebenaler

2012 Michael Varacins

2013 Michael Varacins

2014 Rick Shields

2015 Michael Varacins[4]

Bill Noble and Brad Stout are tied for the most championships in the class at five.

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