Formula Vee

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.

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

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.

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 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 WinnersEdit

Year Driver Car
1964   Lewis Kerr Formcar
1965   Dan Fowler Beach 5
1966   Bill Campbell Zink
1967   Bill Campbell Zink
1968   Bill Scott Zink
1969   Bill Scott Zink
1970   Harry Ingle Zink
1971   Garret Van Camp Lynx
1972   Dave Weitzenhof Autodynamics
1973   Rollin Butler Zink
1974   Harry MacDonald Lynx
1975   Mike Frangkiser Lynx B
1976   James Brookshire Agitator
1977   Mike Frangkiser Lynx B
1978   Don Courtney Vista Bushwaker
1979   Wayne Moore Zink
1980   Wayne Moore † Zink Z12.5
1981   Don Courtney Vista Bushwaker
1982   Bill Noble Caracal
1983   George Fizell Zink Z12
1984   George Fizell Zink Z12
1985   Scott Rubenzer Citation 85V
1986   George Fizell Caracal D
1987   Stevan Davis † Racer's Wedge
1988   George Fizell Caracal D
1989   Bill Noble Caracal C
1990   Bill Noble Caracal C
1991   Skip Streets Mysterian
1992   Stevan Davis Racer's Wage
1993   Bill Noble Caracal C
1994   Bill Noble Caracal C
1995   Jon Adams Adams Aero
1996   Jaques Lazier Mysterian M2
1997   Jonathan Rufener Caracal D
1998   Brad Stout Protoform
1999   Roger Siebenaler Mysterian M2
2000   Roger Siebenaler Mysterian M2
2001   Brad Stout Vortech
2002   Brad Stout Vortech
2003   Stephen Oseth Vortech
2004   Jeff Loughead Vortech
2005   Brad Stout Vortech
2006   Stephen Oseth Vortech
2007   Stephen Oseth Vortech
2008   Brad Stout Vortech
2009   Michael Varacins Speed Sport AM-5
2010   Rick Shields VDF
2011   Roger Siebenaler Mysterian M2
2012   Michael Varacins Speed Sport AM-5
2013   Michael Varacins Speed Sport AM-5
2014   Rick Shields VDF
2015   Michael Varacins Speed Sport AM-5
2016   Michael Varacins Speed Sport AM-5
2017   Michael Varacins Speed Sport AM-5
2018   Michael Varacins Speed Sport AM-5
2019   Andrew Whitston Protoform P2
2020   Chris Jennerjahn Vortech

Michael Varacins has the most titles with seven.

† Denotes President's Cup Winner

List of Formula Vee championships and EventsEdit

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 National Championship Series Unknown-present
  Brazil Campeonato Paulista de Formula Vee 2011-present The most competitive Fvee championship in the world
  New Zealand Formula First New Zealand Championship Series 1967-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.

See alsoEdit

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  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)