1979 March 79V Formula Super Vee

The British racing car constructor, March Engineering, is well known for their Formula One automobiles though the company's greatest success was in other series, such as Formula 2 and Formula 3. The name 'March' was formed by its founders, Max Mosley, Alan Rees, Graham Coaker and Robin Herd. The company was formed in 1969 with their first vehicle being a Formula 3 car. A year later the 701 chassis was introduced and intended for F1 competition. Frank Costin aided in the creation of the 711 chassis which was shown a year later.

The Formula Vee series was introduced as a single-seater junior formula racing series. In comparison, it was similar to the popular Formula Ford and Formula BMW series. The bodies of the Formula Vee were comprised of fiberglass while the chassis was of a tube frame design. The engine was from the 1963 Volkswagen Beetle. The transmission, brakes, wheels, and front suspension were stock or modified stock parts. The purpose of the series was to produce a low cost, highly competitive series that challenged the drivers and tested their skill. The average weight of each vehicle was just over a thousand pounds with top speed around 120.

The Formula Super Vee series evolved from Formula Vee. The engines were a 1.6 litre four-cylinder water-cooled Volkswagen engine. The cars and technology had evolved and as such, the FSV series featured faster and more agile cars than the Formula Vee series. The cars were similar to other series such as Formula Atlantic and Formula Three. The series began in 1971 and continued into the 1980's. In 1977 Volkswagen ended their support of the Formula Vee series to concentrate their efforts on the Super Vee which was gaining in popularity. Other manufacturers of vehicles were Lola, Argo, Royale, and others.

In 1979 March produced 21 examples of the 79V.
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2007
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