After the first year campaigning two cars in Global Rallycross, Volkswagen Motorsport has upgraded its Beetle rallycross cars for 2015. We sat down with Volkswagen Experiential Marketing general manager Clark Campbell and Volkswagen BeetleGRC driver Scott Speed to learn what’s different for this year.
1. The 2015 Volkswagen Beetle GRC cars are more powerful
Last year, Volkswagen had to rush to get its Beetle GRC cars ready to race, so the company used 1.6-liter turbo-four engines from Volkswagen’s World Rally Championship efforts. This year, Volkswagen uses a new 2.0-liter turbo-four race engine rated for 553 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque (up from 544 hp in the 1.6). Power goes through a six-speed sequential racing transmission to all four wheels, and Volkswagen claims the car will hit 60 mph in about two seconds flat. Giant brake discs gripped by four-piston aluminum calipers slow the car, while a custom strut suspension with remote-reservoir dampers provides 9.5 inches of travel.