2010 Vw Scirocco Cup revealed

Article by Christian A., on October 30, 2009

After a successful debut of the compressed natural gas-powered Scirocco GT24-CNG during the Nurburgring 24-hour race, Volkswagen is now set to launch a one-make Bio-CNG-powered race series in 2010. The goal of the Scirocco Cup is to enable eco-friendly motorsport. With Bio-CNG, an 80% reduction of CO2 is achieved.

The Scirocco Cup sets out to prove that major innovative strides continue to be made in motorsport. Its organizers aim to make it the most eco-friendly one-make championship in the world. The Bio-CNG-racing version of the 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine is based on the TSI unit fitted in the Scirocco.

It develops 203 lbs ft of torque and up to 223 PS. Making the race more exciting is the presence of a push-to-pass system that provides a short burst of increased power of 30 PS that makes for intense overtaking action.

Its six-speed DSG gearbox is operated by steering wheel-mounted paddle shifts. As with the road-going Scirocco R, power is channeled through the front wheels.

The Volkswagen Scirocco Cup uses Bio-CNG, which is produced from renewable resources such as grass or a special type of maize as well as from refined biological waste.

The car is fitted with a fuel tank that has a capacity of 22-liters. The fuel tank is made from a composite material and is situated behind the driver's seat and protected by the vehicle's roll cage.

The stainless steel pipes and special valves required for CNG operation within the Scirocco Cup use tried and tested components from Volkswagen production models with CNG engines. The system pressures of 200 Bar are identical to those of the production vehicles.

Press Release

VOLKSWAGEN PRESENTS WORLD'S MOST ECO-FRIENDLY ONE-MAKE CUP

Following the successful debut of the compressed natural gas-powered Scirocco GT24-CNG at the Nürburgring 24-hour race, Volkswagen is launching a one-make Bio-CNG-powered race series in 2010. With a CO 2 reduction of 80 per cent being achieved in combination with Bio-CNG, the Scirocco Cup will demonstrate that major innovative strides are still being made in motorsport and make it the most eco-friendly one-make championship in the world.

The Cup version of the Scirocco is designed to enable eco-friendly motorsport. Based on the TSI unit fitted in the Scirocco, the Bio-CNG-racing version of the 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine develops 203 lbs ft of torque and up to 223 PS. A push-to-pass system provides a short burst of increased power of 30 PS to create additional overtaking opportunities and action throughout the race. Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifts operate a six-speed DSG gearbox and, as with the road-going Scirocco R, power is channelled through the front wheels.

Fitted with a fuel tank with a capacity of 22-litres, the Volkswagen Scirocco Cup uses so-called Bio-CNG which is produced from renewable resources such as grass or a special type of maize as well as from refined biological waste. The fuel tank itself is made from a composite material and is located behind the driver's seat, protected by the vehicle's roll cage.

The stainless steel pipes and special valves required for CNG operation within the Scirocco Cup use tried and tested components from Volkswagen production models with CNG engines, and the system pressures of 200 Bar are identical to those of the production vehicles.

Commenting on the new Scirocco Cup, Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen explained: 'By clinching class victory at the Nürburgring we proved that CNG-powered vehicles not only deliver high fuel economy but also allow very sporty driving. That's why we're particularly proud about launching the world's first one-make cup with CNG-powered vehicles.'

Next year, promotion of young talent will again be a top priority and the aspiring racers youngsters will be able to compete with five motorsport legends at each of the races. These legends will come from Formula 1, DTM, rally racing and Le Mans as well as TV and show business.

Volkswagen first raced the Scirocco back in 1976 in the VW Junior Cup and the first winner, Manfred Winkelhock, went on to achieve major exploits in motorsport with Volkswagen. Since then, drivers including Niki Lauda, Nelson Piquet, Keke Rosberg, Bernd Schneider, Tom Kristensen and Michael Schumacher have all won the title "powered by Volkswagen".

The Scirocco Cup will replace the successful Polo Cup after six years and will become the DTM partner series in 2010.

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