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Beastly Volkswagen Beetle GRC set for World Rallycross

We haven’t seen a Volkswagen Beetle in motorsport for a while. This GRC edition more than makes up for it though. With huge performance on tap, it’ll compete in the World Rallycross championship this year.

2014 Volkswagen Beetle GRC-rear

Based on the humble VW Beetle, the GRC edition uses a 1.6-litre TSI turbo four-cylinder engine that pumps out a mind-blowing 405kW of power. That’s an insane amount of power for a 1.6. As a result, 0-60mph (0-97km/h) comes up in just 2.1 seconds.

The drivetrain is made up of a six-speed sequential race transmission which feeds all that power into a four-wheel drive system. There are also limited-slip differentials at the front and rear.

To maintain optimum lap times the car is fitted with 14-inch front brake discs and 11.8-inch items on the rear, and uses special ZF suspension with around 9.1 inches of travel to soak up the bumps and jumps.

As you can see, the car adopts a racing bodykit with various aero parts to help it compete in the rally series. Instantly noticeable is the huge carbon wing at the back. There’s also a neat front lip, bonnet venting, and some side intakes in front of the rear wheels.

Tanner Foust and Scott Speed will pilot the gnarly racer in this year’s competition. Foust spoke about the car in a statement, saying,

“I know I can’t wait to race the No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle. There’s no cooler looking car in the series.”

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.