F1200 is an open wheel single seat racing series.
The strict formula rules are designed to promote driver development, and in 2010 celebrated it’s 47th year. A budget F1200 racer with an average mechanical ability can do routine maintenance and come to the track without a crew and be competitive using the same car year after year. All expenses for our six race weekend series, including routine engine rebuilds, can be covered for less than $5,000 a season. This figure of course excludes possible crash damage which is less expensive to repair than any other race car. F1200 drivers can compete in any CASC scheduled event by racing in the Formula Libre class where F1200 don’t have their own race. The same cars are also eligible to race in the USA so all F1200 drivers here in Canada can take on the considerable challenge of competing to win the SCCA runoffs.
Racing costs are low because rule changes are rare, the F1200 racecars are rugged, inexpensive Volkswagen parts are used, are spec including Kumho radials that last a season or more. Our cars have improved a great deal over the years but our strength is that the basics haven’t changed. Major modifications are time consuming, expensive and usually reduce reliability.
Obsolescence is not a problem for F1200 car owners. A car designed in the early seventies has won the Mosport Trans Am, our most competitive event, the last three years running. One of our stewards has raced his same car for 19 years. It is possible to pay up to $21,000 US for a new Vee, however spending this amount is unnecessary for all but the most extravagant asking price since for used cars range from $2,000 for a roller with a successful history to $14,000 for the F1200 championship car.
Competitor’s ages vary from teenagers using F1200 as a steppingstone to veterans in their seventies. Racing is so close that often 3 or 4 cars finish within a second of one another providing an unparalleled learning experience per dollar spent for young drivers and excitement for all competitors. F1200 is a driver development class rather than a car development class.
To our knowledge, we are the only road racing group in Canada that has factory support at the track. Vallis Motor Sport (VMS) fabricator of the BRD chassis and engine builder with over 25 years of Vee experience attends all races with advice, assistance, and spare parts, regardless of where a racer has bought their car. This is an added bonus for beginners. In spite of the Vee’s geriatric nature and some people’s perception, parts are still readily available.
The FTDA (Formula 1200 Drivers Association) series consists of 6 races held at Mosport, Shannonville and Calabogie. To qualify you must be a member of a recognized racing club as well as the FTDA.
A race weekend will usually consist of qualifying and 3 races. The races are usually 20 to 30 minutes in length. Although our cars can reach speeds in excess or 200 Kmh, the series emphasizes the drivers ability rather than the car. It is about 90% driver and 10% car.
Arrive & Drive Programs
In 2010, there are two possible arrive and drive programs available. Click on the links below for more information on each.