Tuesday, June 24, 2014

My Second VW

1982 Volkswagen Jetta (MK I)  Circa 1989.

My First VW

1979 Volkswagen Rabbit - (MKI Golf).  Circa 1985.

VW Beetle GRC

VW Beetle GRC
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Posted Jun 20th 2014

Earlier this year at the Chicago Auto ShowVolkswagen showed us its latest foray into motorsports, theBeetle GRC global rallycross machine. Now, the Beetle is officially making its public debut, and while it looks a little different, it's still packing one heck of a punch.

Now, when the original racecar debuted in Chicago, Volkswagen told us it would make more than 560 horsepower. But the official specs reveal otherwise: the 1.6-liter turbo-four is actually rated at 544 hp. That's still crazy, of course, especially considering the car's sub-3,000-pound weight. Volkswagen estimates that with the help of all-wheel drive, this racer will hit 60 miles per hour in just 2.1 seconds. Hot.

The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross entrant will be driven by Tanner Foust and Scott Speed in the Red Bull Global Rallycross series, which is already underway. Thus far, Foust and Speed have been running in VW Polo racecars, but the Beetle will make its debut at the Volkswagen Rallycross D.C. event this weekend.