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Volkswagen reveals more potent 2015 Beetle Rallycross car

Remember the mutant Volkswagen Beetle Global Rallycross racer from last year? A fresh version has been announced for the 2015 season, and it’s even more insane.

2015 Volkswagen Beetle Rallycross

In the engine compartment sits a new 2.0-litre TSI turbo four-cylinder engine that now produces 413kW and 630Nm, making it 8kW more powerful than the previous 1.6-litre version.

The unit is connected to a six-speed sequential transmission with all-wheel drive, running limited-slip differentials front and rear. Acceleration from 0-60mph (97km/h) takes just 2.0 seconds.

Volkswagen only ran in a few select rounds of the 2014 Rallycross series, but the company believes the extra torque of the new engine will be important for standing-start acceleration, and ripping away from slow corners.

Other technical highlights of the monster include special strut-style suspension with ZF dampers, providing around 9.5 inches in travel, with 14-inch front and 11.8-inch rear disc brakes clamped by four-piston aluminium calipers.

The new car will run in this year’s season, with three-time-winner Scott Speed, and Tanner Foust again taking the helm. Foust was the GRC champion in 2011, 2012 and runner-up in 2013 driving a different car. Volkswagen will be running the two cars, both in the same specification.

The 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross will kick off at Lauderdale on May 31. It’s going to be the largest Rallycross schedule ever, with eight unique tracks on the agenda and double-headers at certain events.

2015 Volkswagen Beetle GRC

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.