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Types of Formula Vees

Since 1963 and the institution of the national competition rules, Formula Vee has produced many types of Formula Vee chassis and engines.  Over the years, body types have come and gone – some now considered part of the vintage racing classes.  The Formula Vees most frequently used by today’s drivers are as follows:

  • Protoform (built by Dave Green)
  • Caracal (built by Fred Clark)
  • Womer (built by Ed Womer)
  • Mysterian
  • Citation and Lazer (built by Campbell Motorsport)
  • Chuck Tatum (209-478-2790)

Each of the above racecars come with any of the following engines:

Buying a Formula Vee
There are many ways to purchase a Formula Vee.  Some drivers purchase their cars from fellow drivers, others through eBay but most gravitate toward the following websites:

A complete “ready to race” Formula Vee ranges from $5000 for a good used car to $15,000 for a fully prepared national level racecar.  Any track-ready Formula Vee will likely include some spare parts, rain tires, and sometimes a trailer.   It might be useful to consult with a driver before making a final decision.

Renting a Formula Vee

Depending on location, there are prep shops that rent Formula Vees:

Start-Up Costs
Other than purchasing a Formula Vee and having gone through driver’s school, there are some upfront costs that new drivers need to be aware of.

  • Trailer (an open trailer costs about $500; is lightweight; V6 could tow it)
  • Vehicle to tow trailer
  • Tires ($600 – $700/set from Hoosier or Goodyear)
  • Simple handtools
  • Air tank
  • Gas can (5-gallon)
  • Jack (available anywhere)
  • Tire gauge (accurate to 0.5 lb)
  • Helmet
  • Driving suit (Nomex)
  • Socks (Nomex)
  • Racing shoes
  • Racing gloves
  • Arm restraints
  • Hans device

Desirable (but not necessary):

  • Canopy (can be built from metal conduit pipes and a tarp)

Start Racing
The first step in Formula Vee racing is joining the SCCA, attending driver’s school and obtaining a competition license.