Manufacturers

The Formula Vee Championship has boasted a wide range of different manufacturers throughout its established history.

Details and photos are listed below:

AHS DOMINATOR/ CHALLENGER

History – This car launched at Mallory 2008 and has become class of the field in the hands of Paul Smith, winning the championship in 2012 and 2013. Space frame chassis, Front Outboard dampers, zero roll rear.

AHS also manufacture the AHS Challenger. Based upon the Sheane Mk3 chassis, Alan Harding constructs the car at his Leicester workshop.

Car Details – Challenger – Space frame, cars run with all different types of suspension and have two types of bodywork (original and 2008 spec).

Photo of AHS Dominator Formula Vee carPhoto of AHS Challenger Formula Vee car

ELBEE

History – J86-2, a one-off built by Vee Racer Brenton Jones and his father Les. Car Details – One off space frame chassis using a “Spyder” roll bar, scratch built bodywork, external front dampers, and 3 shock rear end.

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GAC

History – Designed by Alan Woodward and Graham Card. A very successful chassis in Formula Vee that has won the championship several times.

Car Details – Space frame, most have now been converted to internal front dampers and zero roll rear suspension. The chassis is clothed by modified Swift FFord bodywork.

Photo of GAC Formula Vee car

Leastone

History – Irish based constructor that has won the UK championship five times and the Irish three times. Still a competitive car as proven by Daniel Pitchford.

Car Details – Space frame, internal front damping and external rear, Z-bar.

Photo of Leastone Formula Vee carPhoto of White Leastone Formula Vee car

 

Maverick

History – Another self- built car made by father and son team David & James Harridge.

Car Details – One off space frame chassis, external front dampers, with rear mono shock.

Photo of Maverick Formula Vee car

Ray

History – All Formula Vee Ray cars were designed and built by Bert Ray, only 6 were ever built. Ray 1 (top picture) was the first and won the championship in 1989 driven by Martin Brown, the final batch were made around 1997 (bottom picture). All cars are based upon Formula Ford 1600 chassis but are specifically constructed for Formula Vee i.e. they were not conversions.

Car Details – Space frame, most have internal front dampers and zero roll rear suspension.

Photo of Ray 1 Formula Vee carFinal batch of Formula Vee Ray cars photo

Scarab

History – The concern, managed in turn by Stuart Rolt, Andy Storer and now Martyn Donn produce the cars.

Car Details – The Mk1 – a 1970s spaceframe; Mk2 – a steel monocoque largely responsible for Vee popularity today; Mk3 a simplified Sheane alternative; Mk4 a stretched Mk2; and the latest (bottom picture) which takes its design from the multi-successful Euro Scarab & Vector FF1600.

Photo of Scarab Mk1 Formula Vee carPhoto of White Scarab Formula Vee car

SHEANE

Car Details – The work horse of UK and Irish Formula Vee, most drivers have at one stage sampled a Sheane, and they still remain competitive today with teams like Jordan Racing. Space framed, external dampers at the front and rear, Z-bar. There are three different types – MK1, MK2 and MK3.

Photo of Sheane Formula Vee car

Spyder

History – A copy of the US Citation Formula Vee car and built by Mike Steley for the UK market in the early 2000’s. This car won the championship in Jez Clark’s hands and continues to perform at the sharp end of the field driven by Peter Belsey. A couple of other chassis remain in existence.

Car Details – Space frame (short wheelbase – original Beetle), external front damping and zero roll rear.

Photo of Spyder Formula Vee car

Storm

History – Car built by Steve Glasswell and Fergus Dalton. A very competitive car that has won several races in the hands of Jake Oliveira and Ashley Sutton.

Car Details – Space frame, internal front dampers and hybrid – zero roll rear suspension. The chassis is clothed in bespoke bodywork.

Photo of Storm Formula Vee car

 

WEV

History – Built by Graham Gant whom was a Formula 1300 front runner, debuted in 2008 season. WEV stands for “Worms Eye View”.

Car Details – One off space frame, internal front damping and external rear zero roll setup. Custom bodywork.

Photo of WEV Formula Vee car

Ace

History – A couple of Vees were designed, built and driven by David Ross in the 1980s. These spaceframe cars showed good pace in his hands.

Car Details – Space frame.

Photo of Ace Formula Vee car

APAL

History – Application Polyester Arme Liege produced various GT Coupes, Speedsters and Dune Buggies based on VW components. In 1965 they logically extended this to Formula Vees with two models. They were produced in quantity and several used as Zolder circuit school cars. One still survives in UK racing although modernised out of all recognition and others race in historics.

Car Details – Space frame (short wheelbase – original Beetle), outboard dampers front and rear, Z-bar.

Photo of APAL Formula Vee car

Ari

History – There were two homebuilt Vees from John Harrison. Now one is now much modified and rebuilt by Phil Waterhouse.

Car Details – Space frame, outboard front and zero roll rear.

Photo of Ari Formula Vee car

Austro

History – Porsche Austria’s idea of what a Vee should look like in the 1960s after buying and running American Vees (Formcars and Beachs). A winner then and today in historic racing.

Car Details – Space frame, outboard dampers front and rear, Z-Bar.

Photo of Austro Formula Vee car

Belgrave

History – Reynard FF bodied one-off commissioned by Keith Atkins and designed and built by chassis wizard Jim Morgan. Won first time out.

Cavan

History – Belgrave renamed by Autocavan boss Geoff Thomas to run for his son, and later champion Mark. Also championed by Larry Maynard.

Falcon

History – Several of these were produced by long-time Vee Landar driver, John Vaughan and driven mostly by Derek Willets.

GB

History – Now consigned to history after the 2007 Brands 40th Anniversary meeting the roll over bar was ground away!!

Photo of GB Formula Vee car

Car Details – One off special. Honeycombe alloy tub, suspension was lifted from a Scarab.

Hawke

History – Two Super Vee chasses were converted to Vees in 1971, one of which won the championship with northern hill climber John Holmes who removed the “e” from the manufacturer’s name. It was later run by Formula Vee Centre Chairman Andy Nickless and Ian Raby and survives in historic racing.

Photo of Hawke Formula Vee car

 

Kaimann

History – Kurt Bergmann produced a considerable number of his successful Vees and Super Vees. In the UK they were entirely associated with Jon Randall who owned and successfully campaigned three of them here and abroad in historic racing over the years.

Photo of Kaimann Formula Vee car

McNamara

History – Included in this manufacturer’s repertoire from FF to Indycar was a Vee design. The only UK car won the championship in 1972 with Graham Meek. Last raced in the hands of Roger Thompson.

Photo of McNamara Formula Vee car

Merauder

History – Car built by Charles Merrill.

Car Details – One off special, zero roll rear.

Photo of Merauder Formula Vee car

Predator

History – This American car was first brought into this country by champion and International Vee stalwart Andreas Serrano. A second car was run by Lash McCall and a third built up and run successfully by multi-champion Jeremy Clark.

Car Details – Space frame, external front damping and zero roll rear.

Photo of Predator Formula Vee car

Rossollini

Car Details – Another one-off Formula Vee carbon chassis.

TTM – VeeTech

History – Two chassis were made but one has never raced. Designed and built by Jim Morgan – the same person who did the Belgrave.

Car Details – The one of two Formula Vee carbon chassis, inboard dampers front and rear, anti-roll bar rear.

Racing photo of TTM VeeTech Formula Vee carBack of TTM - VeeTech Formula Vee car

Tumblebug

Car Details – Space framed, external dampers at the front and rear, Z-bar.

Tumblebug

Veemax

History – Designs from Max Johanson in Finland had some success in 1970s including drivers of the caliber of Keke Rosberg. In UK one was imported and at one stage was on the road!. Later it won races in the hands of John Mitchell. It returned to its designer in Finland and it and others compete in historic races.

Car Details – Space frame, outboard dampers front and rear, Z-bar.

Photo of Veemax Formula Vee car

Venom

History – One of a couple of Vauxhall Junior bodied cars from by Bantam Trailer-man, Alan Pierce.

Car Details – Space frame, outboard dampers front and rear, Z-Bar.

Photo of Venom Formula Vee car

Volkspeed

History – Two produced – one a converted image FF and the other was a Rippa built by David Ross but converted into a championship winner using ATS F1 bodywork by Chris Taylor‘s Volkspeed outfit. Later was champion Trevor Welsh’s first Vee and also raced by Formula Vee Centre chairman, Geoff Cogan.

Other manufacturers

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