Volkswagen of America and Andretti Sports Marketing revealed the details of its 2014 rallycross program at the Chicago Auto Show. As a result, the German carmaker announced that it will partner with Andretti Autosport to form the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team, which will run two cars in the series for drivers Tanner Foust and Scott Speed.
The team will initially compete with modified Polo rally cars, which is built on the chassis that won the 2014 World Rally Championship, but during the season it will switch to the GRC Beetle. This awesome all-wheel-drive rallycross car pumps out more than 560 hp from its turbocharged and direct-injection TSI engine.
“Red Bull Global Rallycross is the perfect form of motor sports for a youthful, exuberant, and growing brand in the U.S. market,” said Michael Horn, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “We’re 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.”
Michael Andretti, CEO of Andretti Autosport, added: "I’m thrilled to be entering the series, and especially happy about teaming with Volkswagen. We are excited about our driver lineup of Tanner [Foust] and Scott [Speed]; I believe we have the best drivers in the series and will be a top contender.” [source: VW]