The VW Beetle GRC is the latest rallycross car that will be driven later this season in the Red Bull Global Rallycross championship by Tanner Foust and Scott Speed. The vehicle, which will join the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team, is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder TSI turbocharged and intercooled engine that generates an astonishing 544 hp.
The engine is bolted to a sequential six-speed transmission that delivers the power through a fixed-ratio all-wheel-drive system that features multiplate limited-slip differentials at the front and rear. As a result, it zooms from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 2.1 seconds.
In addition, the car features an all-around strut-type suspension with ZF dampers and about 9.1 inches of travel to cope with the rigors of the off-road portion of a rallycross course.
Behind the 17-inch wrapped in 240/640-R17 Yokohama competition tires we fund 14.0-inch diameter front and 11.8-inch rear vented disc brakes, with four-piston aluminum calipers. According to Volkswagen, the Beetle GRC has a total weight of just 2668 pounds (1,210), it is 168.8 inches (4.28 m) long and 71.7 inches (1.82 m) wide.
Jost Capito, Volkswagen Motorsport director, 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.”