VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE GRC: THE DIRTY BEETLE
Ever since the first Volkswagen beetle was launched in the years prior to the Second World War, nobody thought of a winning application in the racing world.
Yet in 2015 there was a resounding denial with the advent of the third generation Beetle in the US Global RallyCross. That year the Andretti Autosport team replaced the Swedish team Marklund Motorsport and asked to the German company to create a new car that would replace the GRC Polo.
The new vehicle was based on a tubular frame reinforced with a safety roll-bar and was equipped with new McPherson sports suspension combined with ZF shock absorbers and 17"racing alloy wheels wrapped in race tires produced by Yokohama.
Under the aluminum bodywork there were new aerodynamic appendages and air intakes found a TSi 2.0 engine controlled by a six-speed sequential gearbox and coupled to four-wheel drive.
Capable of delivering the power of 600 hp with a torque of 590 Nm, the engine was able to push the Beetle up to a top speed of 220 km/h with an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 1.9 seconds.
Driven by the american pilots Tanner Foust and Scott Speed, the car dominated the competition between the 2015 and the 2017 season, winning for three years in a row the prize "Drivers with Speed", and for two years in a row the "constructors prize" before the ending of the championship beginning of 2018.
The Beetle GRC presentation
Thanks to Valentina Zanola for the cooperation