Words & photos - Daniel Bevis
Believe it or not, this is a Volkswagen Beetle. Well, sort of.
Alright, not really, although it does have a Beetle engine. It's a 1997 Sheane Formula Vee racer, built around a 1300cc Type 1 engine. It produces somewhere between 80-90bhp, which will allow the lightweight frame to hit 60mph in 4.4 seconds and go on to a top whack of 125mph. The front beam is custom, but the rear transaxle is all stock VW; indeed, Formula Vee is the cheapest form of open-wheel racing in the UK thanks to this engineering simplicity and parts-sharing.
This particular car is owned by Ian Perrin, and the engine was built by Gears Motorsport - Ian is relatively new to the car and was taking it quite easy when SuckSqueezeBangBlow spotted the car at Motorsport at the Palace 2015, although his confidence in the car will surely grow with every outing! In the meantime, his cautious pace allows you to drink in the details of this cute little racer - those gorgeous front wheels, the teeny-tiny carbon-fibre dash, the rude top-mount silencer, it all adds up to a very attractive little race car.
More photos from MATP 2015 here.