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.
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.
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.
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 500 kg with driver as raced in the Australian 1600cc specification.
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 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 1600cc motor (New Zealand uses the 1200cc variant) 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
|Bill Campbell||1966, 1967|
|Garret Van Camp||1971|
|Mike Frangkiser||1975, 1977|
|Don Courtney||1978, 1981|
|Wayne Moore †||1979, 1980|
|Bill Noble||1982, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994|
|George Fizell †||1983, 1984, 1986, 1988|
|Steven Davis †||1987, 1992|
|Brad Stout †||1998, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2008|
|Roger Siebenaler||1999, 2000, 2011|
|Stephen Oseth||2003, 2006, 2007|
|Jeff Loughead †||2004|
|Rick Shields||2010, 2014|
|Michael Varacins †||2009, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018|
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||Formula Vee Australia Series||1965–present|
|Canada||Formula 1200 Championship Series||1965–present|
|Challenge Cup Series||2015–present||Also competes in the United States of America.|
|Autumn Challenge Cup Series||2013-2014||Also competed in the United States of America. This series became the Challenge Cup Series.|
|Ireland||Selco.ie National Championship Series||Unknown-present|
|New Zealand||Formula First New Zealand Championship Series||Unknown-present|
|South Africa||Formula Volkswagen South Africa Championship||2008-2013|
|United Kingdom||Formula Vee Championship Series||1967–present|
|750 Motor Club Formula Vee Championship||1979–present|
|United States||Formula Vee at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs||1964–present||Oldest Formula Vee event in the world.|
|Challenge Cup Series||2015–present||Also competes in the Canada.|
|Northeast Formula Vee Championship Series||Unknown-present|
|Autumn Challenge Cup Series||2013-2014||Also competed in Canada. This series became the Challenge Cup Series.|
- Formula Vee at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs
- Formula Volkswagen South Africa Championship
- Super Vee
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- http://www.nefv.org/ Northeast Formula Vee USA https://www.facebook.com/groups/nefv.org
- Challenge Cup Series (US, South Africa & Brazil collaboration)
- Formula First USA
- formulaveeracing.org (US)
- formulavee.org (US)
- formulavee.us (US)
- ApexSpeed.com (US)
- Formula Vee (Ireland)
- Australian Formula Vee Website
- Australian Formula Vee Specifications
- New Zealand Formula First (née Formula Vee)
- Formula Vee (UK)
- 750 Motor Club (UK organising club)
- Formula 1200 – Canada
- Formula Vee at Curlie
- Formula Vee South Africa
- Historic Formula Vee in Australia
- Historische Formel Vau Europa