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Volkswagen GRC Beetle Debut

Volkswagen announces details on its 2014 Rallycross program.

What's New

Volkswagen has partnered with Andretti Autosport to form the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team, which will be championed by the new GRC Beetle. The new rallycross model is based off the third-generation Beetle, and will deliver more than 560 horsepower thanks to its turbocharged, direct-injection TSI engine. Volkswagen and Andretti Autosport have come together to create the new model that will be able to handle courses with a mixture of dirt and pavement, along with a 70-foot jump. The all-wheel drive rallycross car will be introduced in the second half of the season, giving the engineers enough time to ensure that the GRC Beetle will be a force to be reckoned with.

Who It's For

Although the vehicle won't be for sale, enthusiasts can watch the heavily-modified third-gen Beetle fly across the track piloted by Tanner Foust, the 2011 and 2012 GRC champion, and Scott Speed, former Formula 1 and Nascar driver. Michael Horn, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, said in a statement that the group is "excited to partner with Andretti Autosport, one of the great names in American motor sports, and delighted that we will be running the iconic Beetle in the series."

Key Features

The third-generation Beetle has some great features, and the GRC Beetle builds upon those.
  • Turbocharged, direct-injected TSI engine
  • All-wheel drive to tackle the difficult tracks
  • 560 horsepower

What We Think

We won't have an opportunity to get behind the wheel of the GRC Beetle, but we believe that it will have a big fan base from those who enjoy the rallycross series. Be sure to check out the official racing debut of the Volkswagen GRC Beetle at the Summer X Games in Austin, Texas later this year.

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