Volkswagen enters rallycross with the Beetle and Andretti Autosport

Posted on February 6, 2014

Volkswagen of America, Inc. and Andretti Sports Marketing today announced the details of its 2014 rallycross program at the Chicago Auto Show. Volkswagen will partner with Andretti Autosport to form the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team, running two cars in the series for drivers Tanner Foust and Scott Speed.

The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team will run a 560-plus-horsepower, all-wheel-drive GRC Beetle in the Red Bull Global Rallycross series:

    •    Team will compete initially with European rallycross-prepared Polo
    •    Drivers will be 2011 and 2012 GRC champion Tanner Foust and ex-F1 and NASCAR  star Scott Speed
    •    Definitive GRC Beetle will debut at the Summer X Games in Austin, Texas.

The team will initially compete this season with modified Polo rally cars, built on the chassis that won the 2013 World Rally Championship for drivers and manufacturers, and will switch during the season to the fearsome GRC Beetle. This all-wheel-drive rallycross car is the ultimate expression of the third-generation Beetle and will feature more than 560 horsepower from its turbocharged and direct-injection TSI engine.

Related Topics: Andretti Sports Marketing, Red Bull Global Rallycross Series, Volkswagen of America

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