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Volkswagen Beetle GRC celebrates racing debut in Los Angeles
Written by Volkswagen Motorsport    Friday, 19 September 2014 16:20    PDF Print E-mail
US star Tanner Foust drives 544 hp Beetle with four-wheel drive.
Development of Volkswagen Beetle GRC supported by Volkswagen Motorsport.
GRC races in Los Angeles, Seattle and Las Vegas in preparation for 2015.
At the end of June, Volkswagen of America and Andretti Autosport unveiled the race-ready Beetle GRC, this weekend the 544 hp (400 kW) four-wheel drive powerhouse celebrates its racing debut. In races seven and eight of the Global Rallycross Championship season in Los Angeles, Tanner Foust (USA) will be behind the wheel of the “Über Beetle” for the first time – a debut to look forward to for motorsport fans and supporters of the Volkswagen brand. With its spectacular design, the distinctive sound of a 1.6-litre turbo engine and its technology developed specifically for use in rallycross, the Beetle GRC is captivating.
“We're really excited and even a little nervous that the Beetle is making its Rallycross debut in Los Angeles,” said Volkswagen Motorsport director Jost Capito. “Over the past few months we have joined forces to work on getting this unique racer up and running and can't wait to see it compete for the first time. The remaining events in the Global Rallycross series this year are extremely valuable for gaining as much experience in this brand new car as possible and to prepare it perfectly for the 2015 season.”
The development of the Volkswagen Beetle GRC as a Volkswagen of America project was supported by Volkswagen Motorsport within the Volkswagen Group. In the Global Rallycross Championship, the Beetle GRC will be used by legendary US racing team Andretti Autosport. The Beetle GRC is based on the third generation Beetle. It has a 544 hp (400 kW) four-cylinder in-line engine, a sequential six-speed gearbox, multiple-disk limited slip differentials on the front and rear axles, as well as McPherson strut suspensions alongside shock absorbers from ZF. Going from zero to 100 km/h in about 2.2 seconds, the Beetle GRC has a top speed of 200 km/h. It also looks impressive on the outside: Wide mudguards, a large rear wing, its flat roof edge and front section give it an aggressively sporty look. At the same time, the Volkswagen designers managed to retain the unmistakable lines of the cult car.
This mix of promising performance and captivating design also gets the drivers' hearts pumping. “The Volkswagen Beetle GRC is a fantastic car,” said Tanner Foust, who won his most recent championship race in the US state of New York at the end of July. “It's an honour for me to drive the Volkswagen Beetle GRC at its debut in Los Angeles.Team-mate Scott Speed, who has occupied the top spot on the podium twice this season already and is currently third in the drivers' standings, will be behind the wheel of a Rallycross Polo in Los Angeles.

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