Formula Vee is one of the most accessible forms of motorsport in Australia. Running costs are low, maintenance is easy and there is always someone willing to lend a hand if you need it.
The cars are light and smaller than road cars, so they are very easy to tow and almost any car with a tow bar can handle the job easily. They also won’t take up too much space at home!
Our getting started guide should help you get on the right track.
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Formula Vee Information Sheet
What is Formula Vee?
Formula Vee is a low cost open wheel race category. It uses a VW Beetle engine, gearbox and front end. Engines used are 1200cc & 1600cc
The 1200 class have an option of 2 gearboxes, for long and short tracks, normally use drum brakes and produce about 40 HP. They must weigh a minimum of 485 kg including driver.
The 1600 can run only one gearbox. Ratios are set and cannot be changed, must have disc brakes and side protection, a restrictor plate under the carby to limit power, and weigh a minimum of 500kg.
What kind of racing can I do in a Formula Vee?
As well as competition circuit racing, can be raced in Hillclimbs and Modern Regularity.
How often can I race?
In SA there are 4 or 5 circuit race meets each year using Mallala and The Bend. If you wish to travel Interstate, you could race most weekends.
You must be a member of a club.
How often could I practice?
Generally one or more days each month, with all open wheeler catagories on the track together. Usually a 15 min session each hour.
How much does a Formula Vee cost?
1200cc used cars could be bought for $7,000 up. 1600cc for $13,000 up, some include trailers.
You could build one yourself but must meet Formula Vee regulations.
Various websites could have Vee’s for sale.
What to look for in a used car?
Every race car must have a Motorsport Australia Log Book, have compliance seals on the engine and gearbox, and have a Sealing Card. Always best to have a Club Member to inspect a car you may be interested in.
What are the running costs
Race Entries – $400 to $700 depending on track used.
Tyres – $1000 a set (can last up to 8 meetings or more.)
Engine Rebuild – $2500 or more depending on precision requested. Can be done by anyone but must be assembled with at ‘Sealer’ present.
Licence – $480 annually
Club Membership – $75
Fuel – bowser fuel, up to 30 litres each meeting.
What equipment do I need?
Approved Helmet, HANS device, Balaclava, Race suit, Gloves, Socks, Boots and Timing device.
What tools do I need?
Basic tool kit, tyre pressure gauge, torque wrench, jack and stands and any spares you think you might need. Eg. Plugs, points, gaskets
How do I get a licence?
Visit Motorsport Australia website/licence. Clubman Circuit is all that needed initially.
A medical is required for initial application and every 2 years if over 45 years of age.