Retail

Definitive Beetle GRC Racecar

Posted on June 20, 2014
This Beetle features a 1.6-liter four-cylinder TSI turbocharged and intercooled engine making 544 horsepower.

This Beetle features a 1.6-liter four-cylinder TSI turbocharged and intercooled engine making 544 horsepower.


The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team today unveiled the definitive Beetle GRC rallycross car. The Beetle will run later this season in the Red Bull Global Rallycross championship, driven by Tanner Foust and Scott Speed.


The team enters the third round of the season, Volkswagen Rallycross D.C., with two victories for Scott Speed driving the No. 7 7UP Volkswagen Polo. Both he and Foust are stoked by the prospect of the Beetle, which features a 1.6-liter four-cylinder TSI turbocharged and intercooled engine making 544 horsepower.

“The Polo has already proved super-competitive,” said Speed, “and we are really looking forward to racing a car that has been engineered specifically by Volkswagen Motorsport for GRC competition.” Foust added: “I know I can’t wait to race the No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle. There’s no cooler looking car in the series.”


Jost Capito, Volkswagen Motorsport director, said: “After Volkswagen of America’s impressive start on the rallycross scene with the Polo, the launch of the new Beetle GRC rallycross car represents the next major milestone. The Beetle boasts a unique appearance and state-of-the-art technology. It will sweep fans off their feet.”


This rallycross car is the ultimate expression of the third-generation Beetle. Designed and engineered from the outset as a GRC car, it features a sequential six-speed transmission, with a fixed-ratio all-wheel-drive system that features multiplate limited-slip differentials at the front and rear.

The car uses an all-around strut-type suspension, with ZF dampers and about 9.1 inches of travel to cope with the rigors of the off-road portion of a rallycross course. The car has 14.0-inch diameter front and 11.8-inch rear vented disc brakes, with four-piston aluminum calipers. The 17-inch wheels are shod with 240/640-R17 Yokohama competition tires.

The Beetle cuts quite a dash with its outsize rear wing, widebody fenders, and aggressive front fascia. Overall, the car is 168.8 inches long and 71.7 inches wide, and has to weigh in at a minimum of 2668 pounds, per series regulations. With this combination of low weight, high horsepower, and all-wheel-drive traction, the Beetle GRC is predicted to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in an incredibly quick 2.1 seconds.

Related Topics: Beetle GRC rallycross car, Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Team, Volkswagen Rallycross D.C.

Comments ( 0 )
More Stories
Nexen’s Roadian AT Pro RA8 SUV/light truck tire is available in P-metric sizes with a 50,000-mile mileage warranty and in LT-metric sizes with a 40,000-mile mileage warranty.
Product Nexen Offers Roadian AT Pro RA8 for Light Trucks and SUVs

The Roadian AT Pro RA8 from Nexen Tire America Inc. is an all-terrain light truck and SUV tire. It features an aggressive design that can tackle a variety of road conditions with ease.

News See Raybestos Website for 14 New Training Videos on Brake Repair

Fourteen videos demonstrating proper brake repair techniques from removing a caliper to master cylinder bench bleeds have been added to the Raybestos website.

Tire Discounters is the eighth largest tire dealership on the Modern Tire Dealer 100 list.
News Tire Discounters Continues Its Southern Expansion Push

The eight largest tire dealer in the U.S. is getting larger. Tire Discounters Inc. recently opened its 112th store, a 7,900-square-foot dealership in Huntsville, Ala.; its 113th will open in Hendersonville, Tenn., soon.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from MTD delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the tire industry and don't miss a thing!