Volkswagen Beetle GRC revealed

Volkswagen has revealed the new 544bhp Beetle GRC ahead of its debut Rallycross event at the weekend. Details and pictures here

Volkswagen revealed the new Beetle GRC at the Red Bull Global Rallycross with this weekend. With a highly tuned version of its 1.6-litre TFSI engine, the Volkswagen Beetle GRC produces 544bhp, enabling it to scrabble its way from 0-60mph in just 2.1secs.

With power being sent through a six-speed sequential ‘box to all four wheels (with no electronic traction aids), the Beetle GRC is part of the latest breed of rallycross supercar racers that are able to survive landing jumps of 70 feet high whilst racing wheel-to-wheel with each other.

Subscribe to evo magazine

evo is 21 and to celebrate, we're returning to 1998 prices! Subscribe now to SAVE 39% on the shop price and get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £25!

To cope with the strains of such harsh racing, the Beetle’s strut suspension features ZF dampers with a massive 230mm of travel, whilst beefy 357mm front discs and 300mm rears work with four-piston calipers to slow the rally car down.

17-inch wheels are wrapped in 240-width Yokohama competition tyres, sitting inside butch arches of the car’s wide and aero-focused bodykit. Though the car started life as a production spec Beetle, weight has been shed to bring the racer as close to the competition’s 1210kg minimum weight limit.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

Volkswagen Motorsport director, Jost Capito, 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.’

Piloting the new Beetle this weekend was Rallycross and Formula D champion Tanner Foust, and Nascar racer and ex-F1 driver Scott Speed.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/auctions/202147/ps6million-lancia-collection-of-dreams-to-go-under-the-hammer
auctions

£6million Lancia collection of dreams to go under the hammer

World Rally-winning Group A Integrale stars in world’s best collection of racing Lancias
24 Jan 2020
Visit/seat/leon-cupra/202143/seat-leon-cupra-r-st-abt-review-spicy-spanish-dish-gets-even-more-sizzle
SEAT Leon Cupra

SEAT Leon Cupra R ST Abt review

50 horsepower boost puts extra pep in the Leon Cupra’s already athletic step
23 Jan 2020
Visit/dodge/202135/police-spec-dodge-charger-given-1500bhp-widebody-kit-and-awd
Dodge

Dodge Charger given 1500bhp, widebody kit and AWD 

US-based Speedkore Performance works its magic for one-off creation
22 Jan 2020
Visit/hyundai/201819/hyundai-i30-fastback-n-versus-the-nurburgring
Hyundai i30 N

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Nurburgring

We brought the Hyundai i30 Fastback back to its spiritual home in Germany's Eifel mountains, where there is a racing track you might well have heard o…
7 Oct 2019