VW Andretti Rallycross team unveils 2015 Beetle for GRC competition
Scott Speed and Tanner Foust will have new 2015 Volkswagen Beetle Global Rallycross cars and will run later this season in the Red Bull Global Rallycross championship. The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team has been the team to beat so far this season and Scott Speed and Tanner Foust said they are “stoked” to get the new VW Beetle race cars.
Speed and Foust have been driving the VW Polo’s and Speed has two victories already driving the No. 7 7 UP car. This car was specifically engineered by Volkswagen Motorsport for GRC competition. The picture above shows the new GRC Beetle without its GRC livery, but its a good bet the race car’s new paint job will look cool.
VW Beetle GRC specs
The new GRC Beetle is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder TSI turbocharged and intercooled engine making 544 horsepower. It was designed and engineered from the outset as a GRC car, and 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.
To be able to handle the tough off-road portion of the rallycross course, Volkswagen says the GRC Beetle uses an all-around strut-type suspension, with ZF dampers and about 9.1 inches of travel. The race 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.
VW Beetle GRC outside
The GRC Beetle comes with a large 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. VW says the new GRC Beetle will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in an incredibly quick 2.1 seconds making the new VW Beetle one of the quickest GRC cars in the series.
Scott Speed says, “The Polo has already proved super-competitive, 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.”