Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Beetles are Back: VW Competing in Americas Rallycross


By: Sebastien Bell
The dumpster fire that was the end of Red Bull Global Rallycross series may have escaped your notice, but suffice it to say that the series is well and truly dead. That leaves VW with a couple of winning Beetles, a pair of enormously talented drivers, and no series to race.
No series to race until now, that it. Rising like a phoenix from the ashes of the GRC, Americas Rallycross (ARX) will be a four-race series over the course of the summer starting (weirdly) in England at Silverstone’s new rallycross circuit.
ARX will be an offshoot of the World Rallycross Championship (WRX) which mostly runs in Europe.
“Having World Rallycross expand its reach to the U.S. is going to make the competition so much more accessible for fans to better understand the sport,” said Tanner Foust, driver, in a statement. “ARX will be a great platform to find new fans and spread the word about rallycross.”
The team will continue to be run with Andretti Motorsport. The same team was responsible for VW’s domination of the GRC’
“I’m excited to compete with ARX,” said Scott Spe4ed, VW’s three-time GRC championship-winning driver. “The competition is going to be tough, but our Beetles are ready. I think this new series will be a great place to push our team and the cars in 2018.”
The ARX series will begin in Silverstone on May 25-27 and will continue on to Austin, Texas in July, Trois-Rivieres, Canada in August, and back to Austin in September.


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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

VW Debuts Summer Enthusiast Fleet


By: Sebastien Bell
The mercury’s rising and the project cars are coming out of hibernation. If you’re anything like us, you’re as excited to let your tires hit the pavement as you are to see all the great cars that have been hiding in garages.
So you’ll be excited to hear that VW’s back this summer with a fleet of five cars specially modified for duty at this summer’s car shows.
The first, we’ve already seen. Tanner Foust’s SEMA Atlas is an overlanding concept that takes the already assertive Atlas and butches it right up with aggressive tires, flared wheel arches, a raised bumper, light bars, and a ladder onto the top of the SUV, where a roof rack will allow you to pack everything you need for a night under the stars.
“Overlanding has risen in popularity in the past couple of years,” said Tanner Foust. “People are looking for ways to get outdoors and go on adventure trips with the whole family. The Atlas is perfect for off-pavement trips, and I wanted this concept to enhance the vehicle’s capabilities while still maintaining its utility and VW DNA.”
The second car, meanwhile, is more standard car show fare, albeit with a twist. The 2018 Golf R Abstract concept pairs 20-inch FR design wheels in Mystic Black (from ABT Sportsline), H&R Springs Sport Springs (to lower the car an inch), stainless quad exhausts (with matte black chrome tips), and more with a camouflage print wrap that takes cues from street art from Wynwood Art District in Miami. Inside, the car has a BAK Performance Mk7 custom fiber wheelcomplete Golf R blue stitching.
VW has followed that up with a 2019 Jetta R-Line SoCal concept. This one takes the brand new Jetta and makes it special by taking a look back at the Jetta’s history. The graphics are a nod to the Mk2 Jetta, while fluorescent yellow mirror caps, the gloss black roof (with geodesic fluorescent yellow design), and the body-color wheels all highlight the Jetta’s new look.
Developed in partnership with fifteen52, the concept is all about clean lines and aggressive stance thanks to its KW prototype ST XTA Coil Overs with adjustable top mounts that lower the Jetta three inches and show off the fifteen52 Formula GT 19- x 8.5-inch wheels.
VW has plied its trade on another SUV, too. The 2018 Tiguan R-Line Aero concept sits on Air LiftPerformance’s 3P Air Management System with Performance Series front and rear struts. All of that lowers the Tiguan by up to 4.8 inches, making it the most lowered of all the cars in the enthusiast fleet.
Powder-coated, matte black Rotiform 20-inch Monoblock CCV wheels and a Thule Motion XT Alpine rooftop carrier finish off the look.
And finally, VW has modified the most refined vehicle in the lineup, the Arteon. The 2019 ArteonR-Line Highlight concept rocks a set of 20 x 9.5 inch Vossen Hybrid Forged HF-2 wheels and sits nice and low thanks to Ultra Low Coil Overs from H&R Springs. These drop the car by nearly three inches and an ultra-fluorescent yellow wrap with gloss black and chrome accents ensure that no one misses the car in traffic.
You can catch the concept fleet around the country. The cars will making stops at:
SOWO: The European Experience | Savannah, GA | May 17-20
Euro Hangar | Holland, MI | June 22-23
Waterfest | Atco, NJ | July 21-22
Wolfsgart | Burlington, VT | Aug. 3-5
VAG Fair | York, PA | Aug. 11-12
SoCal Big Euro | San Diego, CA | Sept. 2
Pacific Waterland | Woodburn, OR | Sept. 9



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