Super Street Network

 |   |   |  550HP Volkswagen Beetle GRC Revealed
Subscribe to the Free

550HP Volkswagen Beetle GRC Revealed

New turbo 2.0L mill, more power for 2015 Global Rallycross season

Megan Stewart
Apr 29, 2015

After a strong 2014 Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) season, with a second-place finish in the manufacturers' championship and a third-place finish in the drivers' championship, the Volkswagen Andretti team has updated its Beetles for the 2015 season.

Tanner Foust Back to Formula D in a 900HP VW Passat

The team will replace last year's 1.6-liter turbocharged and intercooled TSI four-cylinder engine delivering 544 hp and 387 lb-ft of torque with a larger 2.0-liter TSI that ups power to 553 hp and 465 lb-ft. The added power will help the Volkswagen Andretti team with acceleration on standing starts and in slower corners. Weighing only 2,866 pounds, the new Beetle rally car is expected to go from 0-60 in just 2 seconds.

Volkswagen Beetle GRC in Las Vegas 2014 rear three quarter Photo 2/3   |   Volkswagen Beetle GRC in Las Vegas 2014

Because GRC is eliminating weight equalization for smaller engines, the U.S.-based series will be more in line with the FIA World Rallycross series.

Instantly recognized thanks to its large rear wing, wide-body fenders, and unique front fascia, the Beetle GRC features an all-around strut-type suspension, ZF dampers, and 14-inch front and 11.8-inch rear vented disk brakes.

Volkswagen Beetle GRC in Las Vegas 2014 in motion Photo 3/3   |   Volkswagen Beetle GRC in Las Vegas 2014

Drivers Scott Speed and Tanner Foust will be returning to the Volkswagen Andretti team. "We are very much looking forward to the start of the GRC season with the Beetle," said Jost Capito, Motorsport Director for Volkswagen, in a release. "The 2015 Beetle GRC has been further developed, based on all our experience we gained with the brand new Beetle last year. We are looking forward to a serious title challenge with Scott Speed and Tanner Foust in 2015 and we are sure that the Beetles will be real fan favorites again."

The 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship will kick off next month in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Source: Volkswagen

By Megan Stewart
71 Articles



As the chief engineer of the 2019 Acura NSX program, Satoshi Mizukami’s main goal of this year’s refresh is “more emotional involvement.”
ManufacturerOct 19, 2018
More often than not someone describing their dream garage will list at least one of Honda's Type Rs. Adam Elghriany is one of the lucky few to make his dream a reality.
RodrezOct 19, 2018
The R8 is already the most powerful vehicle in the Audi lineup, but a new limited edition increases the supercar’s performance even further.
Kelly PleskotOct 18, 2018
You shouldn't judge a book by its cover—but when the cover looks this good, and underneath is a big honkin' V8, maybe prejudging ain't such a bad thing.
Bob HernandezOct 17, 2018
Sometimes, you don't need a lot of flash or gimmicks when you commit yourself to mastering the classics.
Jonathan WongOct 16, 2018
Sponsored Links