Friday, February 7, 2014
Volkswagen Beetle Goes Rallying in the Global Rallycross Series
Volkswagen is giving its rather feminine Beetle a serious shot of testosterone as it’s poised to enter the Global Rallycross (GRC) series. The “love bug” has worked out for its competitive debut and as a result, develops some 560+ horsepower through its turbocharged, direct-injection TSI engine. Tractive effort is sent to all four wheels.
The German automaker has teamed up with the Andretti Rallycross team (headed by yes, Michael Andretti) and will field in the 2011 and 2012 GRC champion Tanner Foust. Joining Foust is ex-F1 and NASCAR driver Scott Speed. The GRC Beetle will debut at the Summer X Games in Austin, Texas.
However, those following the Global Rallycross series would know that the calendar starts in May. So while the GRC Beetle is being prepped, Foust and Speed will use Volkswagen Polo rally cars instead—the same one that won the World Rally Championship (WRC) in 2013. They’ll be modified for use in the GRC.
Tanner Foust will drive the Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle (pictured) while Scott Speed will be racing the 7UP liveried GRC Beetle.