SABRE 02 - SERIOUS PERFORMANCE; SENSIBLE PRICE
Since it burst onto the motor racing scene at Sandown in May, the Sabre 02 has been the focus of much attention and comment throughout the Formula Vee racing fraternity. With its stunning looks, derived from its big brother the Spectrum 012 Formula Ford, the Sabre 02 has delivered a crushing eight wins from eight starts, establishing it as the chassis you need to have in the uber-competitive Formula Vee category.
The car’s good looks are matched by the quality of components and workmanship throughout. The Sabre features Australian VW Performance components, Penske adjustable dampers (again derived from the Spectrum Formula Ford), aircraft quality fasteners and NMB rod ends, Motorsport Electrics wiring loom and connectors, bespoke BRD steering rack and pinion and MoTeC data logging system. Because of the sensational looks, high quality finish and astounding performance, much of the gossip has focussed on the alleged high price tag.
“We’ve heard some truly fantastic versions of what the cars are selling for!” said BRD’s sales manager, Paul Zsidy. “Apparently they’re anywhere up to 80 grand for a rolling chassis, according to some reports. The reality is that they are not the cheapest Formula Vee on the market, but with all of the ‘bells and whistles’ you will still get change out of $40k for a roller,” he added.
With the lap times now being achieved by Formula Vee 1600 cars, the category presents itself as an appropriate pathway between karts and Formula Ford, particularly for budget conscious drivers. Sabre designer Mike Borland commented “We delivered a new Sabre 02 to the Junior Racing Development team at Winton today (Friday 6 August) and both Daniel Reynolds and Daniel Reinhardt ran 1.34.50, which is almost a second under the lap record. That’s a great time for a car you can run for under 10 grand a year!”